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 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 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 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 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'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 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 !
See it if you enjoy tongue-in-cheek farces complete with overacting, sight gags, ghosts, animal jokes, mother-in-laws, etc. A Charles Ludlam gem.
Don't see it if you only enjoy serious theater. This is NOT it. Nor is it a musical.
See it if you value Charles Ludlam's sense of the ridiculous & find its excess necessary 2 the contradictions of theater conventions
Don't see it if can't appreciate the ridiculousness of most theater conventions, or expect kitchen sink drama to stay in the sink
See it if You can appreciate the absurd work of Charles Ludlum. Loads of kitsch. Watch out for the piranhas especially their first feeding.
Don't see it if You don't understand Charles Ludlam's work and don't have a sense of humor that includes a dark, wacky, bizarre side.
See it if Vintage Ludlum directed by his collaborator Everett Quinton. Anthony Michael Lopez shines as the sexy homebreaker -- a role Quinton created
Don't see it if A rare Ludlam campfest with no one in drag. The script does not supply enough laughs to make up for the lack of a continuing sight gag.
See it if You want a fun time at the theater. You want to see a funny play. You want to see some funny acting. You want to see very nice staging.
Don't see it if You don't want to laugh. You don't want to have a fun time at the theater.You are looking for something heavy and meaningful at the theater.
See it if You've never seen a Ludlam piece and are not familiar with his style. It's part of theatre history that one should be familiar with.
Don't see it if slapstick, farcical comedy is not your thing. It's a fun evening--nothing profound.
See it if you are entertained by a play that is silly but funny and enjoyable. Think Little Shop of Horrors meets Jaws.
Don't see it if you want structure, realism and a plot that will stay with you. This is a fun play but not to be confused with a classic, high brow comedy.
See it if You're up for a very fun, wholeheartedly committed ensemble wittily squeezing every last laugh out of this over-the-top, camp noir classic.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of camp, high or low, really need or expect someone in drag to complete your Ludlam experience, or dislike farce.
See it if you will appreciate light hearted revival of 1980s parody of suspense thriller melodrama like "Little Shop" and direction by original lead
Don't see it if you prefer serious or historical drama, realistic characters, surprise, musical, sophisticated comedy, all AEA or SAG-AFTRA cast, no strobe
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...
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