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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.