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The Bad'uns: Clown Acts of Contagion

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

About the show

This world premiere clown show explores notions of womanhood by looking at the legends of famous women criminals, outlaws, and killers. More…

From the show:

Clowns Ex Machina takes a darkly comic look at transgression, the corruption of dreams, and women in dangerously, dangerously bad moods. Inspired by legends of “the Bad-uns” – famous women criminals, outlaws and killers – the show examines notoriety, morality, defiance, and the social constraints of womanhood. Mischievous, startling, and sublimely ridiculous, this world premiere contains interwoven acts of song, dance, verbal wit, and incredible humor.  

Member Reviews (11)


Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious, Thought-provoking
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Subversively feminist, Physical, Hilarious, Delightful, Smart

See it if you want to see some prime clowning for our times, with a feminist bent.

Don't see it if you are in the mood for something serious.

Also It’s been many a year since I enjoyed clowning as much as I delighted ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you like mime-type action with little dialogue, here in ways that challenge you and make you think-excellent troupe with great expressions.

Don't see it if you want a play with a start, story line and ending. This is a series of vignettes on a variety of topics.

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Seven angry women with criminal tendencies try to flout looming ho-hum male oppression thru pantomime, humour, and the big red rubber noses.

Don't see it if Hard vamping and little attitude spell panties only slightly getting into a twist:"We draw the line/We won't toe the line/We cross the line"

Also "Whaddaya in for?--Busking with the intent to gain/Don't make me talk ... Read more Read less

All female! all clowning! all scattershot!, Gleefully anarchic

See it if 7 fearless females confront you with jest, irony, satire and hints of deeper significance; refreshing to see woman-centered clowning

Don't see it if sometimes outstays its welcome; some material lands with giddy ludicrousness and other vignettes merely dribble away

Also Decroux and LeCoq and Gaulier, oh my!... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Delightful

See it if Crazed but inventive clowning for grown ups (as in serious topics); leave children at home, brush up in your French and Norse and enjoy

Don't see it if if cannot appreciate inventive silliness

Favorite for all ages, Masterful, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you like EXTREMELY INVENTIVE, well acted with a VERY captivating script.

Don't see it if you need a tradition play with a typical timeline

Also I really enjoyed this show. It is a series of inventive short acts of ... Read more Read less

Comical, Ambitious, Quirky, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like comical sketches.

Don't see it if you expect well-trained physical acts.

Mad cap fun experimental theatre

See it if You like whimsical improv inspired pieces by ensembles from a feminist's perspective.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional theatre or are expecting much dialog. This is not off-the-rails comedy either.

Ambitious, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Clever

See it if Seeing women take on clown personas to play out their social roles was a blast.Some great riffs with some weaker writing.

Don't see it if You don't like women or parody.

Edgy, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Funny troupe helmed by an ensemble of all-female clowns! Smart, witty and physical.

Don't see it if You don’t like clowns

Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting

See it if Quirky and beautiful production helmed by a troupe of only female clowns and physical theatre performers

Don't see it if If you don’t like physical theatre and clowns.

November 15th, 2019
"'THE BAD'UNS: CLOWN ACTS OF CONTAGION' Packs a Punch With Smart, Family-Friendly Satire"
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