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Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Clever, Entertaining

About the Show

The Shop & Ferment Theatre presents the New York premiere of two Philip Ridley plays that ask questions about our need for love and recognition.

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See it if You are a fan of one-acts and would appreciate the experience of really getting inside a character's head.

Don't see it if You aren't into dark pieces. Also cues for "Donny Stix" in particular were a bit off (stage management wise- since the other play was good).

Enchanting, Intense, Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to beautifully-executed monologue plays from a macabre, compassionate, and subversive genius

Don't see it if you would maybe rather something less frightening

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
January 29th, 2016

"Mr. Ridley is a writer of uncommon, lyrical delicacy...What’s most unsettling in his work isn’t its violence, but the seductive voices of those who perpetrate it. He endows his blighted characters with an instinctive gift for poetry that gropes for patterns in a random and unforgiving universe...'Tonight With 'Donny Stixx' and 'Dark Vanilla Jungle' offer an ideal introduction to the savage beauty of Mr. Ridley’s world...Beautifully modulated performances."
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January 28th, 2016

"Gut-bustingly intense due to two ferociously good performances…Farmer and Kerr both deliver visceral, breathtaking portrayals of Donny's and Andrea's tortured psyches…Ridley is good at nudging audiences out of their comfort zones....Though Kerr infuses her performance with more humor than Farmer does, both plays ultimately show how easily the ugly modern world around us can slash through the psyches of those who aren't quite equipped to handle its pressures."
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January 31st, 2016

"While a little bit less confrontational, in the capable hands of brilliant actor Harry Farmer and actress Robyn Kerr, these plays are no less visceral. Though they are totally self-contained and appear on separate nights, the two plays have many things in common...Their nuanced, layered performances reveal even more than the author’s words. Ridley’s rich, detailed language is made poetic in their delivery...Both plays will make you know you have been through a theatrical experience."
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Theatre is Easy
January 26th, 2016

"'Tonight with Donny Stixx' and 'Dark Vanilla Jungle' are plays about obsession and attention in the world wide web world. Both characters crave to be noticed through the haze of artificial likes and retweets masquerading themselves as connection...This is a solid collection of monologues worth checking out. Catch them both for the thematic connections though don’t miss the rollercoaster that is 'Dark Vanilla Jungle.' Just don’t get too obsessed."
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Stage Buddy
January 29th, 2016

"Intermissionless and endlessly engaging, 'Tonight With Donny Stixx' may be an evening spent with a disturbed individual, but the sympathy it elicits for its subject is a credit to the talents involved. It's a night well spent."
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Village Voice
January 26th, 2016

"In both pieces, Ridley seems to want contemporary social horrors to register both as political commentary and as ingredients in a dark, strange world of imagination. But 'Tonight With Donny Stixx' and 'Dark Vanilla Jungle' are too insistently literal to conjure much fantasy, and wallowing in the messed-up psychology of individual sad sacks is the cheapest, least insightful way to reckon with these real-life problems...It's just not all that amusing."
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