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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.