Galas NYC Reviews and Tickets

(5 Reviews)
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Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Absorbing, Ridiculous! fun! uneven

About the Show

Original member of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company Everett Quinton keeps the spirit of this revolutionary company alive as he directs and stars in this classic from the mind of Charles Ludlam.

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Quirky, Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Great to see Everett Quinton in a familiar role . If you want absurf comedy. Brings back memories of ridiculous theater co.

Don't see it if If you dont like parody or absurdist plays.

Cliched, Raunchy, Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Still surprisingly fresh & profane many yrs later, Ludlam's loving send-up of opera diva Maria Callas charms. Clever use of small budget

Don't see it if Several cast members not up to campy style of Ludlam's theatrics but Quinton's "Galas" & Vath's maid provide an evening's worth of pleasure

Critic Reviews (7)

The Observer
June 17th, 2019

"‘Galas’ Presents the Life of Maria Callas as Equal Parts Opera and Soap"
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June 20th, 2019

"Stage Treasure Everett Quinton is Classically Ridiculous in Charles Ludlam's Diva Spoof GALAS"
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June 20th, 2019

"Combined with his gruff expressive voice and precise physical movements that include twirling, priceless double takes, finger pointing and rich stares with his piercing eyes, he achieves magnificence. That accomplishment along with his grandiose direction brings to life the celebrated glory days of the legendary Ridiculous Theatrical Company that Ludlam founded in 1967...Another major attribute is the company of animated, often gender bending, farceurs Quinton has assembled."
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Theatre is Easy
June 23rd, 2019

“’Galas’ is a goofy, over-the-top, and loving tribute to legendary singer Maria Callas...As Galas, Quinton has a commanding stage presence...He’s also very funny...I would have liked a little more camp and absurd melodrama. And some of the ensemble are uneven and less polished. But it’s a treat to see ‘Galas’ back in New York City, and to see the work of Charles Ludlam and Everett Quinton, true pioneers of New York's LGBTQ theatre scene.”
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Front Row Center
June 18th, 2019

"Unfortunately, there’s a fine line between stylized and stultifying that the first revival of this Ludlum work since it was produced in 1968 fails to walk successfully. Directed by and starring Everett Quinton, Ludlam’s life-partner, the current production...serves more to bury Ludlam’s legacy than resurrect it....The uneven performances of the cast, the stumbling pace, confusing lighting and awkward staging could not be overcome by the charming sets."
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Stage Left
June 18th, 2019

"Ludlam’s medium was comedy; his métier, camp—low budget, queer pop-culture parody as social commentary, employing delicious plays on gender and cross-dressing...Beyond the charming and off-beat humor of the play, and the chance to see Mr. Quinton in action, the greatest treat of 'Galas' is coming in contact with a taste of a New York theatre scene gone by...A play that reminds you of the joy of play itself and the magic of creation."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
June 16th, 2019

"The outrageously funny farce parodies the public and private life of opera superstar Maria Callas...The current limited engagement brings together pop culture, high camp, well-researched historical references, smart passages of apropos foreign languages, and over-the-top melodrama...A tremendously entertaining and fitting homage to the revolutionary spirit that ignited the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, the nearby Stonewall uprising, and the Gay Pride Movement."
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