Part of FringeNYC: An unromantic feel good comedy in one act. A hapless unromantic with an immediate urge toward the afterlife; a desperate bank robber with nebulous ties to the underworld; and Grandma Betty with limitless Jersey-style homespun wisdomisms ... It’s New Canula. More…
Categories: Comedy, Drama, National. From Bruka Theatre. Written by Gary Cremeans II. Directed by Mary Bennett.
FROM THE ARTIST:
NYC. (JULY 6, 2016) Brüka Theatre presents New Canula, an original “unromantic feel good dramedy” written by Gary Cremeans II. New Canula performs at The International New York City Fringe Festival on August 12 at 9:30 PM, August 14 at 4:45 PM, August 16 at 7:15 PM, August 18 at 2:00 PM and August 20 at 5:15 PM, 2016. Tickets are $18. The show is recommended for ages 14 and up.
The Story: Think classic comedy, Reservoir Dogs without a reservoir, a dude play with a twist. Take J. Dubbs, a hapless unromantic with dreams of the afterlife being preferable to his present one; Marion "Bull" DesCarzo, a desperate bank robber with nebulous ties to the underworld; and throw in Grandma Betty, a framed photograph with limitless Jersey-style homespun wisdomisms...and you have an unclear and confusing sense of what New Canula is really all about.
New Canula comes to the New York International Fringe Festival in August of 2016. This is the second original show to come out of Brüka Theatre and be accepted to the NY Fringe. New Canula was originally part of The Biggest Little Theatre Festival at Brüka Theatre in Reno, Nevada in November 2014. The show received rave reviews that inspired the playwright to continue the production and submit to national Fringe Festivals. The play was accepted to both Hollywood in June and The New York International Fringe Festival in August.
"For such a relatively short show, 'New Canula' provides a lot of laughs. Dark comedy is the name of the game, and both Simpson and actor/writer Cremeans undoubtedly have a strong talent for it...Tension quickly fizzles out in the middle portion...With exposition and character development often done through telling rather than showing. Still, the actors are both funny enough to maintain the audience’s attention until the show reaches its hilarious, yet nail-biting, climax." Full Review
for a previous production "A classic double act, but with an absurdist philosophical twist you never saw in Abbott and Costello…The repartee and comic timing are delightful, as tough guy and straight man Bull feeds set-ups to banana-man loser J Dubbs, who responds with snappy, self-effacing one-liners…Don’t miss this provocative blast from the comic past. 'New Canula' is a thinking-person’s hour of gallows humor and wisecracks…I highly recommend it." Full Review
See it if seeing just a seedling of a good idea is all you need to enjoy your night. The script is way too repetitive and utterly predictable.
Don't see it if you like self-indulgent scripts and horribly mismatched actors playing alongside each other.
See it if You want to hear a story you've never been told, and love dark comedy!
Don't see it if You want to see a musical comedy. New Canula is its own thing. Hard to describe, but very enjoyable!
See it if You enjoy extremely dark comedy with surprising sweet bits.
Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable with jokes about death/suicide. I loved this but it's not for everyone, it's for those who appreciate dark humor.