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Marie and Bruce

2 Members say: Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Great staging
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1h 15m | Already closed | JACK (Brooklyn)

In this radical re-imagining of Wallace Shawn's 1978 dark comedy at JACK, two multi-disciplinary artists play the combative titular couple and head up the design team. More…

Today, Marie decides to leave her husband: "Let me tell you something. I find my husband so God damned irritating that I’m planning to leave him. And that’s a fact." But in 'Marie and Bruce' facts are slippery things. Gordon Landenberger (Bruce) and trans actress Theda Hammel (Marie) double as the set and sound designers, respectively, for this timely new production.


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Village Voice

“An unsettling study in the language of intimacy...The gap between Marie and Bruce is heightened, or at least altered, by the fact that Hammel is trans, creating a world where a cis guy just keeps ignoring everything a trans woman says...Hammel and Landenberger devour their roles, and their design concepts add elegance and gloom...A grueling experience for artists and audiences alike.” Full Review

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The New York Times

"'Marie and Bruce'...is considerably more perverse than most stories...Marie wants attention...The highly performative display of loathing creates a weird frisson of erotic challenge. The leads’ acting is not traditionally polished, but the scene has a punk energy...Then the tone abruptly changes...The other guests are played by a quintet of alt-comedians, but oddly their exchanges have little zip and are flatly staged...This may be one of the most depressing visions of coupledom ever put to ... Full Review


88
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Dizzying

See it if you want to see Theda Hammel deliver a brilliant performance in this wonderfully updated play

Don't see it if you don't like low budget, small intimate shows

78
Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Hope this comes back someday! Very enchanting show and trippy! The performers who played Marie was absolutely magnifying

Don't see it if Could have used maybe a little more script love but really wonderful overall!


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