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.
"Moderately amusing revival…Much of this can be humorous but it no longer packs the comic punch it had in 1986…While the exaggerated acting is more or less in tune with Ludlam's intentions, it can do little with lines that too often thud and situations that are wildly overstated…The show's drollest moments, though, come from those ravenous piranhas, represented by puppets...Their reactions to what's going on offer the show's most hilarious contribution." Full Review
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 like a campy mashup of Terese Raquin and Little Shop Of Horrors. Very funny at times.
Don't see it if the tone of the show is uneven. Sometimes very campy and fun and sometimes more serious & slow. Should've gone all campy.
See it if you would like to support a theater company dedicated to advancing the work of performers with disabilities, performing admirably.
Don't see it if you expect a polished production of a Theater of the Ridiculous piece.
See it if You like silly over the top shows. Definitely has some laughs and was entertaining enough.
Don't see it if It's meant to be a campy show but this production restrains from taking the camp all the way. Wish they wouldn't have held back.
See it if you want to support Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, a worthy group with an ethos inconsistently applied here.
Don't see it if you want to see a rarely-produced Ludlam satire/homage done with the bravura finesse of the original.
See it if You want to see what a Charles Ludlam play looks like when you take all the gay out of it. Interesting to see his work but lacks any camp.
Don't see it if You remember how much fun a Charles Ludlam play SHOULD be. Come on...not one drag queen?!?!
See it if you enjoy hokey shows similar to "Little Shop of Horrors' or 'Bat Boy," like the Ludlam/Quinton school of absurd humor; just go laugh
Don't see it if you only go to serious dramas or classics; this one is f-a-r from that...
See it if you are interested in Ludlam's work but have never seen this play and are willing to put up with performances that don't match the material.
Don't see it if you want to experience Ludlam's play in a first-rate production that gets the tone and style just right.
See it if David Harrell and especially Anita Hollander were very good. Set is fun. Seemed like it was written under a deadline.
Don't see it if This was neither funny nor ridiculous, just sort of stock skit comedy without any real laughs.
Also Why would anyone do a parody of Therese Raquine? Odd choice.
See it if you like silly, sophomoric plays that look like they are being done by a bad high school drama class.
Don't see it if you want to see good acting (or any kind of acting at all).
See it if you're a Charles Ludlam completest & want to see a rarely revived noir spoof from the Ridiculous Theatre Co. (Tho this is 2nd-rate Ludlam.)
Don't see it if you expect side-splitting comedy. This a slow, awkward, unevenly cast production of a show that likely wasn't that great the 1st time around
See it if you enjoy silly comedy. Charles Ludlam reached over the top with his Theater of The Ridiculous. This show barely reaches the top.
Don't see it if you are expecting a great adaptation of a Ludlam work.
See it if You don't mind earnest actors shooting for laughs and missing or you are curious about a lesser done Charles Ludlam play.
Don't see it if You are expecting a polished comedy or mind poorly executed gags or a set that works for the production.
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