The Rise and Fall of Jean Claude Van Damme
The Rise and Fall of Jean Claude Van Damme
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The Rise and Fall of Jean Claude Van Damme NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(14 Reviews)
Positive
79%
Mixed
14%
Negative
7%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious

An absurdist, comedic retelling of the life story of Jean Claude Van Damme.

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Member Reviews (14)

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746 Reviews | 124 Followers
86
Hilarious, Refreshing, Quirky, Great staging, Silly very very silly!

See it if the blatantly ridiculousness taken to absurd extremes is your idea of fun. Lots of imaginative invention!

Don't see it if you expect anything like a serious biography.

457 Reviews | 127 Followers
70
Laugh despite yourself, Puppetry of the jcvd, Best use of baby oil, Ridiculous, Absurdist

See it if trivia of the ouvre of Jean Claude Van Damme, 2 dimensional puppetry, the smell of baby oil, mangled martial arts & only 2 actors thrill you

Don't see it if the silly & ridiculous cannot move you, you have no interest in the culture of trivia, your baton is stuck firmly in the mud

404 Reviews | 103 Followers
69
Entertaining, Fluffy, Fun

See it if you want to see a "light" show that is entertaining without substance.

Don't see it if you want some substance to your theater experience Read more

300 Reviews | 75 Followers
79
Silly, Fluffy, Hilarious, Funny

See it if you enjoy slight but funny takes on pop culture.

Don't see it if you want a linear show or don't like humor on the sillier side

285 Reviews | 55 Followers
79
Short, Funny, Clever

See it if It's a fun show and the two performers are very appealing and talented.

Don't see it if I've never seen a JCVD movie (and probably never will) but I enjoyed it anyway. This is a small theater mostly dedicated to improv.

268 Reviews | 48 Followers
78
Very funny!, Ridiculous, Nostalgic

See it if the story of Jean-Claude Van Damme "told largely through puppets that beat the crap out of each other" sounds like your idea of a good time.

Don't see it if you don't like cool fringe shows that are silly,irreverent and don't take themselves too seriously.Also helps if you were around in the 80s. Read more

86 Reviews | 16 Followers
68
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if It is a two man show regarding the life of the actor. Did not keep my interest, sorry.

Don't see it if Extremely slow, dislike the stage materials, saw the production with a friend that loves the B star actor otherwise, I will have skip this .

56 Reviews | 5 Followers
87
Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious

See it if you love 80s kitsch and whimsical showbiz satire.

Don't see it if You only like serious theater

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
July 5th, 2022

"Though the show announces itself in an expansive manner, it is a minimalist affair: a low-cost approximative biography of a former B-movie action star told by just two men, using action figures that were sourced on Amazon and then jury-rigged into controllable puppets. Again: very Fringe."
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TheaterScene.net
July 1st, 2022

“The Rise and Fall, then Brief and Modest Rise Followed by a Relative Fall of…Jean Claude Van Damme as Gleaned by a Single Reading of His Wikipedia Page Months Earlier” is the brobdinagian title of a tongue-in-cheek, hour-long comic riff on the life of a faded movie star. The title is almost as long as the play. Timothy Haskell has written what is actually an extended elaborate skit brought to life by Joe Cordaro (perfect as a clueless Van Damme and other characters) and John Harlacher (hilarious as the all-knowing narrator) using puppets designed by co-director Aaron Haskell.
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T
June 29th, 2022

"There’s nothing safe about The Rise and Fall, Then Brief and Modest Rise Followed by a Relative Fall of . . . Jean Claude Van Damme as Gleaned by a Single Reading of His Wikipedia Page Months Earlier. But there is a whole lot that is hilariously entertaining. And that person sitting behind you, laughing even harder than you, just might be Timothy Haskell himself."
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Manhattan Digest
July 13th, 2022

" 'The Rise and Fall, then Brief and Modest Rise Followed by a Relative Fall of…Jean Claude Van Damme'... is a nostalgic, hilarious piece behind one of Hollywood’s best known martial artists."
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