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The Artificial Jungle

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Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Delightful

About the show

Theater Breaking Through Barriers revives Charles Ludlam's comic noir, which pulls from works as diverse as 'Double Indemnity' and 'Therese Raquin' in its tale of love, murder, and piranha fish! More…

Chester Nurdiger lives in the back of his pet shop with his mother and his bored wife, Roxanne. One day, slick drifter Zachary Slade comes along and is hired to work in the shop. After sparks ignite between Roxanne and Zachary, they plot to murder Chester and feed him to the piranhas.

Member Reviews (113)


Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Delightful
Avg Score

Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow, Well staged, Raunchy

See it if Ludlam's rarely seen campy send up of Postman Always Rings Twice gets a 'straightened' but limp production by Ridiculous alumnus Quinton

Don't see it if Well staged & intentioned but w/o high camp quotient becomes stodgy & slow Actors work hard w/Chase coming closest The piranhas steal show

Stylized, Tonally confused, Fluffy, Messy, Great puppets

See it if you like campy stylized shows regardless of how well produced they are.

Don't see it if you expect a well-paced, specifically directed show when you see a show that deals with heightened style.

Campy, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like over-the-top campy dark comedies with somewhat obvious plots.

Don't see it if you prefer subtle intelligent comedy.

Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Campy

See it if you want a taste of what Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatrical Co. was about in its hey day.

Don't see it if you do not like campy humor though, there are some real belly laughs here.

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if You like dark comedy, camp & definitely over the top performances by a talented cast, see this show. It's laugh out loud funny at times.

Don't see it if Don't like camp or the ridiculous, want thought provoking work or expect a serious show...this is not for you.

Also Kudos to Theatres Breaking Through Barriers for making it possible for... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you want to see a bunch of committed actors taking on this "iconic" piece (including the piranha). Kudos to the members of the TBTB.

Don't see it if your not a fan of campy, over the top humor.

King of the jungle

See it if Tight ensemble works like a Swiss watch. Bank on Chase, pretty and sassy leading lady. Just buy into the situation and let farce entertain.

Don't see it if You hate farce and need a steady drama diet.

Also Piranhas are the silent stars. It happily extended, proof of a crowd p... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Silly, Entertaining

See it if you saw Therese Raquin and wished it was a comedy.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor.

Disappointing, Funny, Quirky, Slow

See it if you want to see this Ludlam revival

Don't see it if you are looking for high end camp and Ridiculous Theatre excellence

Also While it was great to see this version of Charles Ludlam's play, the a... Read more Read less

Great writing, Clever, Cute, Funny, Quirky

See it if your only acquaintance with Charles Ludlam is "Irma Vep" because the guy wrote a lot of plays and this one hasn't dated at all.

Don't see it if you're expecting high camp or something deliriously gay as the current production is more like a noir sitcom with a few good sight gags.

Funny, Quirky

See it if you like nice sets and funny, quirky gimmicks.

Don't see it if you're critical of acting or understanding of a genre, which I feel this production didn't fully comprehend.

Funny, Intelligent

See it if think you might enjoy an homage to Thérèse Raquin generously peppered with Mel Brooks’ camp.

Don't see it if don't like farce

Campy, delicious fun with fab puppets

See it if You appreciate the utterly ridiculous, especially if it comes with piranha puppets (and a great soundtrack)

Don't see it if You want serious or substantive

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you enjoy campy comedy from the Theater of the Ridiculous with over the top acting.

Don't see it if you want something serious, less "fringe-ie" and more conservative.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You like over-the-top campy theatre with an unrealistic plot that is heightened by absurdism of the highest order.

Don't see it if You want to see an evenly talented cast that can do justice to the play...

Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Fluffy, Clever

See it if you love farce. Or if you have fond memories of the Ridiculous Theatre company. If is goofy and fun - a modern day Carol Burnett sketch.

Don't see it if you hate farce. Or if you want a serious night out.

Entertaining, Funny, Humerous, Silly, Campy

See it if you want some pure, fun escapist entertainment.

Don't see it if you are not interested in cliches made hilarious.

Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy, Edgy, Funny

See it if You appreciate camp, over the top shows. You appreciate a small, diverse cast. You can suspend reality to enjoy the absurd.

Don't see it if You are excited about a true murder mystery show. You don't like predictable storylines. You need high tech special effects.

Cliched, Dated, Funny

See it if You are interested in old film noir movies.

Don't see it if You are looking for something more than a spoof on film noir. I was looking for more camp! I missed The Ridiculous company!

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like camp humour.

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humour

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You can stand bad comedy, camp, cheesy acting, bad taste. You like not just "B Movies" but "F Movies." You're a "So awful, its decent" type.

Don't see it if Want good acting, a good story, or something meaningful. The actors and story are exceptionally bad in this one. Cliché city. My brain died.


See it if you want to numb your brain

Don't see it if to see smart funny or decent theatre

Banal, Raunchy, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You have a simple mind and don't know funny. Watch the lead actress get banged and moan in a vulgar, explicit, and pointless sex scene. Why?

Don't see it if You want quality - this is not. All the actors are one-note and ill-trained. This is a stupid premise and tasteless material. Awful rip-off.

Also Excruciating 2 hours, without a real laugh. Not a single joke was orig... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Ridiculous

See it if You are a fan of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company or other absurd/ satirical theater. Everett Quinton's work is evident and worth studying

Don't see it if Absurdity is not your idea of fun.

Funny, Quirky, Dated

See it if you enjoy film noir, camp, or dark comedy. You enjoy Charles Ludlam works.

Don't see it if you want to see something serious or deep.

June 12th, 2017
"It’s that touch of zaniness that’s lacking in this revival by Theater Breaking Through Barriers...Even under Mr. Quinton’s direction, the cast members strain rather than perform and don’t appear to enjoy a gourmand’s taste for riotous, yet disciplined, scenery-chewing. Ms. Chase comes closest wi...
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June 15th, 2017
"After wobbling in tone and pace, the production pops to life in its much briefer second act, a straightforwardly silly travesty of 'Thérèse Raquin.' Alyssa H. Chase plays a trashy Venus flytrap of an unfaithful wife—as though 'Little Shop of Horrors's' Audrey had the soul of Audrey II—and the ca...
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June 8th, 2017
"A riotous revival...Thirty years later, the play still feels subversive, witty, and even eerily relevant....Under the steady direction of Everett Quinton, the entire cast unflinchingly commits to each beat...Even when you're laughing at the suspense-genre tropes, you can't help jump in your seat...
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June 9th, 2017
“The production provides plenty of hilarity, thanks to Quinton's direction and a cast that knows that the surest route to big laughs involves playing this absurdly steamy melodrama for keeps…Quinton, who knows this property better than anyone alive, orchestrates the action with gusto…The director...
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