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The Artificial Jungle

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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Delightful
74
Avg Score

During previews
77
Funny, Entertaining, Silly

See it if You want to see a silly,humorous show,good acting,cute staging and props,you just want to laugh

Don't see it if You want to see a serious show about real situations or issues

During previews
88
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You like absurdist comedies

Don't see it if like standard boring comedies

During previews
65
Banal, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like a form of slap stick comedy. Some of the actors were good. The piranhas were entertaining.

Don't see it if you want a thought provoking show.

During previews
76
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You like silly, over the top, comedy. Very fun, good set, good use of puppetry, 2nd act better

Don't see it if You prefer serious drama or don't find campy, silly comedy entertaining

During previews
65
Disappointing, Slow, Uneven

See it if you're in the mood for a spoof of film noir and/or Zola's "Therese Raquin"

Don't see it if you're expecting a show with a consistent style and pace and that is funny throughout

During previews
63
Confusing, Disappointing, Unimaginative, Too deadpan, Wooden acting

See it if you can look past the flaws and appreciate a play for one terrific scene

Don't see it if You remember the Charles Ludlam production.

Also Ludlam/Quinton were masters of the gender-bending gesture and of exagg... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Edgy

See it if You have dark humor and don't mind laughing at death

Don't see it if You're sensitive to death and dying

During previews
50
Disappointing, Earnest, Flop, Slow, Banal

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.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh, the plot was sensible. But overall show was hilarious

Don't see it if Your into the stationary play,

During previews
87
Campy, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see a very funny show with terrific acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like campiness.

Also This show is really funny! It’s the Tell-Tale Heart, the Little Shop o... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Charles ludlam and everett quinton made theatre history with the ridiculous theatre company. here is a chance to see a bit of that history.

See it if You want to see a bit of the old Ludlam magic on stage. Some good laughs and the "fish" nearly steal the show.

Don't see it if You expect a well balanced cast and hope for the old and brilliant Ludlam style. It is only hinted at here.

Also The fish nearly steal the show! Bravo to the fish "wrangler". Everett ... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if if you enjoy campy old b movies with a sense of humor.

Don't see it if looking for something serious and thinking this is a suspenseful play.

During previews
60
Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

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).

During previews
100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if yes ridiculous loved it

Don't see it if you do not like dry humor

During previews
75
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like Charles Ludlum comedies, enjoy seeing physically challenged actors being given opportunities on stage, you like non-musical comedie

Don't see it if you're looking for naturalistic stage plays, are uncomfortable with seeing actors with physical challenges.

During previews
92
Funny, Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like campy drama. It was funny and well acted.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to. It is a cute play and the piranhas stole the show

During previews
75
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You like broad, "ridiculous", over the top comedy,

Don't see it if You prefer more realism in your comedy. This is outlandishly crazy.

Also I had fun. The following comments were made after seeing the first pre... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you have a dry, wacky sense of humor, love creative puppetry thrown in

Don't see it if You like more serious, professional theater

During previews
92
Exponentially sublime farce, blacker than noir

See it if you suffer headline news nausea and are willing to go where ridiculousness reigns with a surprisingly canny eye for human nature.

Don't see it if you need lots of words and literal metaphors; this could be silent film noir, true theater of the absurd. Adorable w/ a terrific set

During previews
80
Great acting, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You'd enjoy an absurd, b-movie styled yet delightfully satirical, humorous and entertaining production.

Don't see it if You want something serious and realistic. The acting and storyline are a bit more dramatized for the ridicule effects.

Also Just right amount of absurdity, very brilliantly done. The mother was ... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Fluffy, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you like laughs, and quirky story line

Don't see it if you want something deep and moving.

During previews
83
Clever, Funny, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you are an aficionado of the late genius Charles Ludlam, or if you want to experience why some critics and buffs adore his work unwaveringly

Don't see it if you don't enjoy the ridiculous. This is addictive silly fun. Definitely not Ibsen. Well, almost not Ibsen.

During previews
82
Funny, Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if You love campy theatre. Great use of small space. Or if you want clean laughs

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of campy or need fast paced scenes. Or can't be around strobe lights .

During previews
86
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like film noir parody and are looking for a good time and some laughs.

Don't see it if you are looking for something serious.

During previews
100
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Quirky

See it if Have an open mind and want to see a funny murderous plot.

Don't see it if If you don't have an imagination and are afraid of fish.


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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