Bushwick Starr presents this experimental new work about the life and times of a semi-fictional woman named Mother, who is based on the lives of several strong historical women. More…
Experimental theatre company Banana Bag & Bodice spins an outrageous shaggy-dog folktale of the adventurous and long-lived "Mother" - a character based on many particular, peculiar and compelling women from history. The outlandish poetic adventures of her youth include tales of riverboat piracy, a stint as a professional wrestler, and being raised by a family of cows, all told through a tenor of joyful hopelessness.
"At the end of the deliciously odd 'LongYarn,' an audience member turned to the fellow next to her and said, eyebrow raised, 'Well…welcome to New York downtown theater.' You bet, baby! his is what it looks like—or, at least, this is what it looked like before Banana Bag & Bodice left town a year ago. Now that they're back with a show, the world is safe again for deranged, profane, language-drunk gorgeousness." " Full Review
"It’s a style that grows on you. 'Longyarn' is rendered in a language that has its own hypnotically repetitive rhythms and mash-up vocabulary. The work’s debt to Beckett is forthright, but it translates the bleak comedy of that Irish master into an exuberant American vernacular that even has room for optimism." Full Review
See it if you are happy seeing anything at all at the wonderful little Bushwick Starr, even something badly written and acted...
Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for poor acting and writing, jarring shifts in storyline, inconsistent characterization
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