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From 113 member  reviews
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)


Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Delightful
Avg Score

During previews
Quirky, Slow, Funny

See it if you enjoy "comic noir", and slight camp.

Don't see it if you are expecting high camp, or don't have patience for a slow joke.

Also Great set, earnest acting, and a ridiculous/humorous plot. I just want... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Fun, Fluffy, Cute, Enjoyable

See it if You want a fairly light crime comedy. It's pretty entertaining. Gold star fish puppetry too!

Don't see it if You're looking for perfect acting or a perfect show. It's "cute" at best.

During previews
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Silly, Quirky

See it if You like b-movies, silliness, and scene-stealing piranha puppets

Don't see it if You want to see a serious drama that does not involve piranha puppets

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you love a throwback to the days of campy "ridiculous" shows, enjoy watching actors have fun, and want to have a fun night at the theatre.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor, are expecting a drama, or don't want to laugh.

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You want to have fun and enjoy the unique sensibility of Theater of the Ridiculous plays

Don't see it if You don't appreciate outlandish Charles Ludlum characters and situations.

During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Campy

See it if you like campy stories. I love the acting and the simplicity of the plot. I just simply love it. Simple thrills.

Don't see it if you are a snobby artsy fartsy

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Nostalgic

See it if you're intelligent enough to enjoy lowbrow hijinks. you love filmnoir, parody, puppets, want to relive heyday of OffBroadway's guts 'n glam

Don't see it if you're too smart to enjoy silly - don't enjoy filmnoir or silly parodies - don't enjoy fabulous cutrate special effects - you need edgy mode

Also Saw this play's original production with the director, Everett Quinton... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Funny, Clever, Campy, Fluffy

See it if You're looking for a wicked-fun night of entertainment.

Don't see it if You need a serious story that moves or changes you.

Also A Film Noir fan was in town for a visit, so we took a chance on this o... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Short-sighted, Unprepared

See it if Like ludlams great writing

Don't see it if You want committed acting or clever direction

During previews
Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you want to laugh a lot

Don't see it if you don't like exageration

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you like hilarious funny camp the show keeps on going with slapstick comedy the props are a great addition along with the piranhas

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor and no imagination your loss if you don't see it

Also The Direction is wonderful the cast is so well cast .They are talented... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You need a good laugh that is light. The cast is incredible the direction is excellent Anita Hollander is a must see

Don't see it if If you are looking for Drama if you don't want to have a good time

Also The Cast is amazing the direction is Great the production company is t... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if If you like funny outrageous comedy slap stick humor fun cast well directed the cop & the mother in law play great supporting roles

Don't see it if If your a stick in the mud that cant get the ridiculousness of Charles Ludlam. I think they did better this time around Well done

Also Big Shout out to Theatre Breaking Through The Barriers for what they d... Read more Read less

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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