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 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 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 You're a fan of the late great Charles Ludlum's Ridiculous Theatrical Company. Fresh, funny and nutty as ever.
Don't see it if Your funny bone is missing or doesn't connect to the ridiculous style.
See it if You like film noir, parodies, parodies of film noir, the absurd, or any combination of these. You want something dark but truly funny.
Don't see it if You don't like a dose of the macabre with your humor. You're looking for something serious/with a "message". You want something traditional.
See it if V clever show where silliness is to be expected; amost farcical. "Little Shop"-esque noir w/pirahna man eating fishies at the helm.Cute set.
Don't see it if You want seemless production of this play. Excellent performances by the 3 Nurdigers, but the "hunk" is miscast & actor drags down scenes.
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 were a fan of the comedic plays of Charles Ludlam and his Ridicukous Theatrical Company, and campy send-ups of genre films of the '40s.
Don't see it if you don't like campy comedies that poke fun at film noir and melodramas, plays that use puppets for comic effect, and stylized mugging.
See it if you like your Film Noir curdled! Ludlum set the standard for 'Little Shop of Horrors', Charles Busch and all that followed; this is gold!
Don't see it if you don't like satires of The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, etc. You either like this or don't!
See it if James M. Cain and Emile Zola meet at Little Shop of Horrors for this delightful Charles Ludlum diversion. Don't overthink. See it.
Don't see it if A bit silly (if not Ridiculous) and in need of some tightening, but it's well-acted and staged. Not a must-see, but it doesn't disappoint.
See it if Silly farce, and puppet piranhas, make for fun time with bonus points for those who discover the homage to a classic drama late in the show.
Don't see it if This is not serious theater for serious people. Just a little fun.
See it if you like light laughs w/ your crime plots with a touch of slapstick. The set & props are great esp. the fish tank of piranhas. Fun cast too.
Don't see it if you want crime plays to be serious than fun. If the likes of Little Shops of Horrors is not your type. But for an off-bway show, it's great.
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