New York | 1h 35m | Already closed

Tailspin! (FringeNYC)

From 2 critic and 24 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Ambitious, Original

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: The red emergency phone rings. An assistant answers. "Babylon Studios, this is Henry." On the other end? North Korea's supreme leader, furious with his depiction in Babylon's latest picture, "The Girlish Tendencies of Kim Jong-un." But, like, what is girlish? More…

Categories: Comedy, Local. From Produced by Lauren Fischetti. Written by Zach Stephens. Directed by Kelly Webb.

Full synopsis: The red emergency phone is ringing. On one end? Lowly assistants at Babylon Pictures, a major Hollywood movie studio, left alone to handle some fresh and rapidly escalating damage control. On the other? North Korea's supreme leader, furious with his depiction in Babylon's latest film, "The Girlish Tendencies of Kim Jong-un." Besieged from all sides, they must contend with a spiraling predicament catapulting them further into a frenzied distortion of modern American culture and the creative process. Throwing shade may be their only way out.

Featuring: Will Cary, Julianne Cross, Kelsey Lea Jones Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough, Jacob Presson, Zach Stephens, and Dick Ward.

Creative Team: Emily Abma, Gus Belfiglio, Amelia Cain, and Kirsten Williams.

Instagram: @TailspinThePlay
Twitter: @TailspinThePlay

1h 35m | Already closed | The Kraine Theater (East Village)

Theatre is Easy

“While the events that inspired ‘Tailspin!’ may not be fresh in audiences’ minds to give this play the resonance it might have had a year ago, it still offers plenty of comedic insight into our entertainment-centric lives...Each of the actors (guided by director Kelly Webb) shows a knack for physical humor and for delivering their lines with the full comedic potency intended by playwright Zach Stephens.” Full Review

Theater In The Now

"Stephens’ script is funny and energetic but be warned: everyone should get ready to be offended. Stephens places race, gender, and religious jokes all over the place to hammer home his comedy. If you can get past that then you’re in store for fun...Even though it runs about an hour and a half, Tailspin! feels a bit too long. Some of the jokes go on longer than they should...It’s evident that 'Tailspin!' oozes potential. It just needs to be reigned in." Full Review

Clever, Funny, Original, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you like smart showbiz jokes that keep the audience laughing throughout the show.

Don't see it if a few of the over-the-top jokes will bother you.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You laughed at "The Interview". Like one liners. Enjoy some mindless entertainment. Enjoy a far reaching storyline done by talented folks.

Don't see it if You know nothing about news happenings. Have no sense of humor. Don't have 90 minutes to just be entertained.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if You love politics and SNL! Very funny, staging that's much more engaging than you'd expect!

Don't see it if you aren't up on the news

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You like broad fast paced comedy. Its silly ala pineapple express and airplane! A satirical romp.

Don't see it if You are seeking a comedy that lands. The timing is often off. The show feels about 45 minutes too long and it grows weary and tiring.

Entertaining, Frantic comedy

See it if You like biting pop-culture references that skewer celebrities, movie and music icons.

Don't see it if You're looking for a credible plot

Entertaining, Quirky

See it if started ok, always fast paced...but ending was worth it

Don't see it if you don't like slap-stick humor

Overrated, Intense, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like broad comedy with a flair for the dramatic. It's funny, campy and loud.

Don't see it if You have issues with offensive humor, the show can often cross the line. It also spirals out of control in the end so tread with openmind

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Must see

See it if Loved it. Very entertaining

Don't see it if You don't like to be entertained

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You are anyone.

Don't see it if If you want to miss a great show!

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy west wing, difficult people, and/or silly moments.

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh or accept silly premises as a fun way to spend your time.

Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Original, Funny

See it if You enjoy clever, razor-sharp writing and shining comedic performances in a dark, semi-surreal warp of pop culture and Hollywood

Don't see it if Biting, sardonic humor isn't your thing

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if High energy, great one-liners, exceptional talent, cast worked so well together, extremely funny and entertaining

Don't see it if You're offended with racist remarks.

Ambitious, Edgy, Original, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy screwball satire that turns show biz ignorance onto its head, a twister of references and movie quotes and insults

Don't see it if you can't keep up with humor and lines that run in double time. is unforgiving in its takedown of the Sony hack and its participants.

Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you're interested in a whirlwind 90 minutes brimming with rapid-fire one liners and references in abundance a la "30 Rock", wholly original

Don't see it if you feel strongly about Miley Cyrus. (See it!)

Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Original, Refreshing

See it if a swift, hilarious, no holds barred send-up of the dark underbelly of Hollywood will intrigue you

Don't see it if you're not a fan of fresh, contemporary theater done by young, passionate folks

Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're looking for a fun show full of pop-culture!

Don't see it if you're looking for a heart-wrenching drama.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Relevant

See it if you enjoy delirious satire that warps and lampoons all facets of popular culture

Don't see it if you take life too seriously

Clever, Edgy, Hilarious, Ambitious, Original

See it if you love zeitgeist humor that stems from movies like "Airplane!" or "The Naked Gun", part disaster movie spoof with a dash of Muppet whimsy

Don't see it if you're close-minded in regards to absurdist comedy

Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if like being taken for an entertaining ride and smiling the whole time.

Don't see it if You need a good emotional cry ... Only tears of laughter here.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you like pop culture references packed into a hilarious energy driven show that plays on the stereotypes of Hollywood big wigs.

Don't see it if You get easily offended.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting

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Ambitious, Clever, Original, Entertaining, Funny

See it if quick jokes and Hollywood humor is down your alley. The plot may have been ridiculous but the actors commit 110% to their roles!

Don't see it if pop culture references aren't your strong point or offensive jokes aren't your thing.

Quirky, Funny, Dizzying

See it if you enjoy madcap comedy!

Don't see it if you're looking for something to spark a heavy, existential conversation.

Entertaining, Funny, Epic, Hilarious, Intense

See it if You like quick humor, and physical comedy.

Don't see it if You are offended by politics.