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The Artificial Jungle

From 113 member  reviews
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

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...

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

During previews
Good “camp” is hilarious, but bad “camp” is awful – this serving of “camp” is poorly executed!, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you have NOTHING more worthwhile to do with your time and money.

Don't see it if you enjoy going to the theater to see a wonderfully produced theatrical experience.

Also In the theatrical genre of Theatre of the Ridiculous, begun here in NY... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if You want to see a team of actors working very hard with their given material.

Don't see it if You don't want to see an outdated, hokey show filled with groan-worthy jokes from start to finish.

During previews
Banal, Insipid, Too long

See it if you like really bad old B movies.

Don't see it if you have no desire to sit for 2 long hours watching a not-so-funny show.

Also i'm not trying to be mean. the actors were trying. it's just not funny... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Short-sighted, Unprepared

See it if Like ludlams great writing

Don't see it if You want committed acting or clever direction

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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