New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

The Box Show

From 5 critic and 84 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

About the show

One woman. 25 characters. All inside a cupboard! In Dominique Salerno's solo show, the space is limited, but the comedic possibilities are endless. A hit at the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival. More…

Each time the cupboard doors fly open, we discover an entirely new reality with a brand-new set of characters. These dynamic scenes include a drunken couple mid-fight in a Las Vegas hotel, the entire Greek Army within the Trojan Horse, a lonely Giantess, a lost Pope, and so many more. With sketch-style characters and musical numbers, 'The Box Show' is a fast-paced and adrenaline-filled roller-coaster ride that plunges its audience into vastly different worlds without ever leaving the physical space of the box. It's a shot glass of theater: potent, highly concentrated, and it gets the job done. 

1h 30m | Already closed | The PIT Striker Mainstage (Gramercy)

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"With no connective tissue to speak of, the numerous sketches that have Salerno portraying women, men, children, sex organs and various inanimate objects work best when they are either short or silly or wordless. She is a gifted physical comedian...As a playwright, Salerno shows a flare for the zany...However, when the writing tries to go deep or go long, it fumbles...There are also some pacing issues that director Sash Bischoff has yet to solve." Full Review

The New York Times

for a previous production "‘The Box Show,’ the most purely delicious production I’ve seen at this year’s Fringe Festival, is a relentlessly inventive quick-change series of solo sketches...'The Box Show.' even in Sash Bischoff’s polished production, appeared at first to be just a clever series of comic shorts. As the performance built, the elasticity of Ms. Salerno’s creativity became clear. Reveling in restrictions, her show turned out to be a paragon of Fringe form." Full Review

HY on the Fringe

for a previous production "Demonstrating brilliantly that structure helps rather than hinders creative freedom, Salerno performs her entire show in a box...In lesser hands, this might be just a great sketch show. But beyond being a highly skilled comic, Salerno is a masterful playwright and theatrical actress! Salerno employs her breathtaking array of skills to take her audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions as delightful and satisfying as virtually any show currently playing in NYC." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Half the fun is seeing Salerno twist and wiggle through her tiny performance space; the other half is, of course, the delightful scenarios she and her team have devised. The show runs like a great night of improv: some scenarios will undoubtedly appeal more than others to different folks, but everyone is almost guaranteed to get a good laugh at some point...'The Box Show’s' flow of self-reference adds a satisfying unity to Salerno’s versatile character-switching...A well-polished little gem." Full Review

Time Out New York

for a previous production "In Salerno's intensely creative collective of vignettes, she crams herself into a cupboard-like cube for 90 minutes...and she keeps surprising you with what she can produce in the space…It’s often hilarious, but what makes the show most memorable are its moments of darkness, expressed in fleeting, poignant side thoughts and comments. This interplay between light and dark helps 'The Box Show' achieve what every vignette show wants: It is even greater than the sum of its parts." Full Review

Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if loved Sarah Jones in Sell/Buy/Date; you think you can predict what any one scene will be about (you can't)

Don't see it if ...witnessing immense talent and creativity makes you uncomfortable

Must see

See it if You want a great experience

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows

Ambitious, Great acting, Original, Refreshing, Must see

See it if You enjoy fantastic acting, and strange, hilarious, touching stories. If you like seeing something totally new!

Don't see it if You only like totally narrative pieces.

Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like unique, creative use of space and an amazing, surprising array of characters created by an actress who contorts her face & body.

Don't see it if You don't like to be entertained by an incredibly talented person or can't think outside the box enough to enjoy a performance in one.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You are thrilled by dozens of ingenious story scenarios performed by one amazing actress sitting in a box.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor and don't like to see multiple points of view.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You enjoy one-person, multi-character, sketch type shows.

Don't see it if You want a storyline throughout or don't enjoy one- person sketch comedy

Also This show was very engaging. The very talented performer also wrote it... Read more Read less

Clever, Ambitious, Hilarious, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy comedy. I've never seen anything like The Box Show. Intriguing characters come to life in a box.

Don't see it if you don't like solo-shows.

Also The show is beautifully woven together and fully committed too. I was ... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see an incredibly innovative show performed by an endlessly creative supremely talented performer

Don't see it if You are not a fan of one person shows

Ambitious, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love creativity and want to be impressed by downtown theatre. This up and coming artist is creative, eager, and a delight to watch.

Don't see it if You prefer more bourgeois theatre or don't like one woman shows. She is literally in a box the entire show, so if that's not your style...

Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy stretching the possibilities of imagination in a minimal space. Each character has unique accent, movements, idiosyncrasies, etc

Don't see it if one performer, many character shows do not appeal to you. Although this is the one that could change your mind. Its brilliant.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Original

See it if You enjoy virtuosic, richly accomplished performance art.

Don't see it if You're looking for a narrative or symbolic thread to weave the amazing vignetttes together beyond the performer's incredible presence.

Absorbing, Delightful, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You like originality !!

Don't see it if no reason not too!!

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you like unique, clever sketch comedy

Don't see it if you prefer a plotted show

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You like quirky smart unusual comedy

Don't see it if You don't like sketch comedy

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Hilarious, Dazzling

See it if you like creative, unconventional theater that will surprise and delight you from beginning to end

Don't see it if you want something with a through-line/plot, not a series of vignettes

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You lile smart sketch comedy

Don't see it if You dislike silly in a box

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like to watch something unusual and generally clever. One actor as many characters with quick changes of costume, setting and persona.

Don't see it if You expect an elaborate stage show and perfection. You dislike one woman shows. You like everything to be politically correct.

Also Some of the vignettes are too long.... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if unique, one woman show. it is funny, entertaining and different than other comedies. She is sometimes outrageous. Show is entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't think outside the box as this show is different than other one woman comedies. Some of the humor is slightly crazy but very enter

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you enjoy innovative comedy sketches. Some are better than others (there's room to trim!), but all are clever, well-acted, and well-staged.

Don't see it if you need perfection. Here, whole is greater than the sum of parts. Salerno's a big talent...she does accents, physical shtick, sings, acts.

Also Salerno not only performed brilliantly...she wrote the piece! Get her ... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intense, Quirky

See it if You want to see a brilliantly creative series of sketches by one woman inside a box. She's making a point but mostly it's just fun.

Don't see it if You're looking for more substance and story.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You love sketch comedy with a twist supported by a great performer.

Don't see it if You loathe sketch comedy or have no imagination or are seeking a show with substance.

Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like ingenious sketch improv. Dominique creates 20 scenarios in a box-more surprises than a carton of Crackerjacks.

Don't see it if This is not a play. It is a performance. There is a single performer. There is a box.And there is your imagination.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this.BUT can you really rate it on the same scale... Read more Read less

Profound, Must see, Masterful, Indulgent, Intense

See it if you like comedy

Don't see it if you don't appreciate one woman shows

Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if You enjoy watching a phenomenal actress change roles in the blink of an eye and all within a confining space. Her imagination is astounding.

Don't see it if You don't like one woman shows. Don't have a sense of humor or imagination, or can't click into a story withing five seconds.

Also Go for the enjoyment of small scenes, most are funny, some are intense... Read more Read less

Clever, Refreshing, Hilarious, Delightful, Unique

See it if Thoroughly refreshing comedic gold coming out of a tiny cupboard broken into four quadrant doors - Richard, fetus, giant, Robert and killer

Don't see it if Low-budget, claustrophobic comedy

Cast & Creatives (5)