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 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 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 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.
See it if you enjoy broad, over-the-top humor. Updated Therese Raquin is superficially silly, but quite brilliant. Nice set/ costumes/lighting/sound.
Don't see it if you like reality-based theater. Artificial Jungle is an artificial world with stylized acting. I found it a delightful place to escape to.
See it if you enjoy Ludlam's hit or miss humor, appreciate Quinton's restagings, delight in the hilariously absurd, support the work of this company
Don't see it if you are expecting a realistic style comedy, don't like occasional over the top humor, have little patience for playwright's indulgences
See it if you want a fun evening. This cheerful combination of horror and domesticity has some lovely silly moments. The piranha are steal the show!
Don't see it if you expect depth or meaning. This is just about entertainment and good costuming.
See it if You want to be amazed at how, despite how severely physically challenged these actors are, they put on a professional quality performance !
Don't see it if An actor with a missing hand, two actors with artificial legs and a deaf actor are too much for you to deal with. But you should see them !