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The Curse of the Babywoman (FringeNYC)

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Original
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Critics
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3 reviews
Members
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17 reviews
 

Part of FringeNYC: Shrubtown is a small town for small-minded people preoccupied by social mores and the new Bob's Big Boy. But everyone has secrets, and one secret toddles to life every night. Can Shrubtown stand up to a creature that can barely walk?

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Categories: Comedy, Drama, Local. From BIG Theatre Company. Written by Mike Wirsch. Directed by Olivia Hartle.

FROM THE ARTIST:
The newest experiment out of BIG Theatre Company's creative collaboration lab, The Curse of the Babywoman explores themes of fear, denial, and small town values intensified by the dreaded babywoman, a monster that lurks just outside of town.

The Curse of the Babywoman is BIG Theatre Company's third world-premiere production in FringeNYC. They played to sold-out houses in 2012 with GRIMM: A New Musical, and in 2014 with Destiny is Judd Nelson.

Cast 
Francisco Sputum …………….. Taylor
Pedane Philomena ……………………… Sarah Misch 
Artemis ………………………….. Ali McGhee 
Nimrod Rodham Rodman …..… Justin Phillips 
BooBoo Chicky ………………… Alexandra Brown 
Silas ……………………………… Kurt Cruz 
Barney/Server …………………… Ryan DeForeest 
Dot ……………………………..…. Alexa Peyton 
Mayor ………………………….…. David Nackman

Crew 
Stage Manager ……………………… Stephanie Oliver 
Lighting Designer …………………… Joe Cantalupo 
Puppet Designer …………………..… Mike Wirsch 
Sound Designer ……………………… Kurt Cruz 
Costume Advisor …………………….. Sean Pollock 
Pianist/Composer/Lyricist ………….. Ken Kruper

 

Reviews (20)

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47
Avg Score

55
Theater In The Now

"Be warned, this style of humor is certainly not for everyone...Wrapped up in an abundance of recurring jokes, many of which don't land the first time, 'The Curse of the Babywoman' is unlike anything you've seen before...But is it possible that Wirsch's brand of comedy was too smart for this cast? For some reason, there was a massive disconnect between page to stage...Director Olivia Hartle kept the energy high from start to finish...Mike Wirsch is a smart writer and that should be noted." Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

“If ‘The Curse’ is attempting to provide a trope for the repercussions of fearing the unknown, it does not succeed – the play is simply not that multi-layered nor that complex…‘The Curse’ is not well written, it is not well directed, and it leaves the unfortunate cast adrift in one hour and forty-five minutes of nonsense. There is no reason to see this woebegone play.” Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"'The Curse of the Babywoman' is pure fun...But as 'Babywoman' succeeds through its own humor, some jokes fall flat after we hear them too many times...Nevertheless, these details about Francisco in Shrubtown consistently land with a rousing round of laughter, and it’s apparent that BIG Theater Company is all about the details...'The Curse of the Babywoman' is a delight: sweet and well-constructed, with distinctive humor as its best feature." Full Review

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74
Avg Score

85
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You can roll with a funny tall well acted fantasy tale that goes on a tiny bit longer than necessary.

Don't see it if If you need to be grounded in "reality" in the theater.

76
Funny, Original, Dizzying, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you like to laugh and you don't mind a bit of overacting.

Don't see it if you can't keep up with a fast moving plot

44
The 4 main characters (the guy, the female lead and her valet, and the nimrod) were good. play has 40 minutes of story and highly dated jokes

See it if You want to see a VERY fringe show. It is very silly but not funny

Don't see it if You want to laugh more than a handful of times or if you want a show with a sense of humor that isn't heavy handed puns

60
Ambitious, Confusing, Fluffy

See it if you love avant-garde theatre. The audience loved it and the performers were enjoying themselves.

Don't see it if you want simple storytelling.

29
Disappointing

See it if You wish to support independent theater and a hard working cast

Don't see it if It makes you uncomfortable to watch hard working actors in questionable material.

77
Funny, Original, Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like fun, light-hearted romps.

Don't see it if you like deep dramas.

82
Funny, Original, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like your comedy fast-paced and completely silly, in the style of the three stooges.

Don't see it if You like your comedy intellectual like a Tom Stoppard play.

95
Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You would like to be thoroughly entertained, laugh till your ribs hurt and clever plot twists. Engrossed from the beginning to the very end!

Don't see it if If you don't agree with a humorous examination of our social mores or how small minded we can let ourselves be.

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Clever humor

Don't see it if You prefer something more dramatic

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You would like to see some good young actors and just overall silliness

Don't see it if You're having a bad day or don't like complete silliness...

90
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You are looking for the quintessential Fringe experience! Big laughs, inventive staging (puppets!!), & fun craziness that is also heartfelt!

Don't see it if Drawing Room comedies are your thing (although, you may still love this! Just go in knowing it is unconventional comedy)

90
Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You want to watch a cast of really committed and energetic actors bring this wacky often funny comedy to life in a very Fringe way. Puppets!

Don't see it if you don't like the same laugh out loud jokes, sexual humor or fake dogs being thrown from trees. Otherwise it's a hilarious time at Fringe

96
Original, Ambitious, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like smart writing, a cast having fun performing, clever jokes , Bobs Big Boy, shadow puppets, ridiculousness, absurdity, and babywomen

Don't see it if You're a Babywoman. Mostly because the shows are at night and this show is not suitable for young children.

95
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy comedic theater, great acting and a fun in general

Don't see it if You suffer from Morophobia (fear of babies)

100
Funny, Delightful, Dizzying, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like your horror with a large dash of laughter.

Don't see it if You despise laughter, babies, or women.

90
Funny, Original, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like well directed creative storytelling and original comedy.

Don't see it if if you're looking for a serious drama

90
Funny, Original, Great acting, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You like over the top silliness and committed comedic acting. If you like Adult Swim.

Don't see it if You hate puns.