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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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