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Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Dated, Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever, Indulgent

About the show

On the 50th Anniversary of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company and 30 years since Ludlam's death, La MaMa celebrates the artistry of Charles Ludlam with fully produced revival of Ludlam's early masterwork. More…

'Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide' is an epic collage inspired by Marlowe's 'Tamburlaine the Great' that is as outrageous and timely today as when first performed in 1967. A futuristic tale of war across the universe. Literary, film, and dramatic treasures are ransacked and pillaged for the comic dialogue and multiple plots in this humorous tale of unbridled space queens!

Member Reviews (8)


Dated, Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever, Indulgent
Avg Score

Hilarious and gorgeous with over-the-top costumes and sets

See it if you crave a gonzo tale of the ambition of Tamberlaine, President of Earth, to take over the other planets one by one. Quinton is peerless

Don't see it if Ludlum's Theater of the Ridiculous is not for you. Talented cast of downtown performers. Eye-popping costumes. Inter-galactic set

Grab bag lunacy, Sci-fi meets jacobean revenge tragedy with wigs, Raunchy and witty if sometimes tedious

See it if you're a fan of Ludlam/Quinton/the Ridiculous; you want a warts & all glimpse of Ludlam's nascent genius; you can forgive some overlong bits

Don't see it if you're expecting the polish of later Ludlam works; this is celebration of the RTC at its birth--everyone went on to do arguably better work

Also This is a wonderful homage to the raunchy, unbridled humor and rage of... Read more Read less

Dated, Cliched, Entertaining, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you want to go back to the glorious days of the Ridiculous Theater.

Don't see it if you won' engage in a willing suspension of disbelief regarding the dated quality of the show.

Also Everett Quinton is a stage genius but this is not his vehicle.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love seeing rarely-staged works by great playwrights, in this case Charles Ludlam. Beautifully directed by Everett Quinton at LaMama!

Don't see it if You're a bit tightly wound; don't care for simulated sex scenes, well orgies, onstage.

Entertaining, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you enjoy legendary Ludlum campy, edgy, theater. This production has great acting, costumes and staging. Overall fun.

Don't see it if you don't like camp and are offended by sexual and scatological humor. Production is not for kids and not for some adults.

Dated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the early works of Charles Ludlam and the origins of the Ridiculous Theater's aesthetic and acting style.

Don't see it if you are expecting an experience comparable to Ludlam's more famous later work at the Ridiculous Theater's height in the 70s and 80s.

Also Attending a performance that included a Q&A with the director helped p... Read more Read less

Dated, Disappointing, Raunchy, Clever, Indulgent

See it if You're a queer theatre completist or you like very alternative takes on classic plays.

Don't see it if You're expecting concise wit. This is a 75-minute show that runs for 100 minutes.

Also I just didn't think it was very funny. At all. What's more I was often... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Funny, Dated

See it if you love Everett Quinton and Ludlam

Don't see it if you cannot forgive some tedium at the beginning. It is dated but gets better as it goes along,

November 10th, 2017
“Conquest’ has nothing like the formal symmetry or coherence that Ludlam would bring to his later works...But it does reflect, almost blindingly, the central Ludlam tenet of creative line blurring—between classical and pop, beautiful and ugly, sacred and profane, male and female, professional and...
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November 7th, 2017
“’Conquest of the Universe’ still packs an exhilaratingly off-the-wall wallop if you're able to get onto its deliriously campy wavelength...With bits of high-art eloquence coexisting with instances of low vulgarity...The show's anarchic spirit — the sense of liberation it exudes in breaking down ...
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November 12th, 2017
"To watch Quinton engaged in his classic brand of silliness is just as fulfilling a cultural experience as watching a great tragedian immersed in a dramatic Shakespearean role...This is fine theatrical art that must be seen to be fully appreciated...Though delightfully silly, the production is no...
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November 7th, 2017
"It's testament to Ludlam's writing that the play manages to still be subtle even as it wears all its themes on its prominent sleeve...It revels in the kind of sexuality that most mainstream works desperately try to evade (dildos and butts galore!), but in doing so it empowers the characters who ...
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