Clubbed Thumb presents Ethan Lipton's new 'play with songs,' a comic adventure about cowboys, coyotes, and chronic halitosis. Featuring Tony nominees Jeremy Shamos, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and John Ellison Conlee. More…
In a small frontier town in the Old West, people are dropping like flies at the hands of Big Bill Yardley. But when Tumacho rolls back into town, all the rules will change. Directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman.
"While the show has its expected share of scatological jokes and schoolboy humor, there’s none of the wink-wink self-consciousness common to downtown campfests or Zucker brothers movies. Silverman and her cast find an amiable gentleness that matches Lipton’s low-key absurdism, which makes everything all the funnier. 'Tumacho' is the platonic theatrical version of the artfully anarchic, shrewdly mindless comedies we wait for every summer." Full Review
“'Tumacho' embraces its cockamamie premise while managing to squeeze in some smart subtext about fighting bullies and forgoing personal comfort to effect change (with slight nods to our current gun control debate). But the 'message' feels secondary to the fun: top-notch actors (notably, the sidesplitting Conlee and Shamos), clever props, and tender musical numbers all working together to deliver bracing emotion amid the absurdity.” Full Review
"The whole project is like a strange little wind-up toy, and while it doesn't always function, you get enormous pleasure from watching people try to make it go...It's unadulterated silliness: a string of gleefully juvenile gags about an Old West frontier town overrun by a bloodsucking ghoul...Did someone say narrative holes? 'Tumacho's' got narrative canyons. But this final production demonstrates what sheer talent and good feeling can do." Full Review
See it if you're looking for an original play with music that addresses dark subject matter in a lighter way. The cast is fantastic.
Don't see it if you're looking for a more serious show or don't enjoy goofy, over-the-top humor.
See it if you want to see a funny, wacky, super-well-acted and satisfying show.
Don't see it if you're looking for serious drama. This is a laugh out loud comedy with a satisfying plot but not much to say.
See it if It has been a while since you have seen a good weird western, and you would enjoy a good laugh. The cast is great and the story unique.
Don't see it if You have problems with the non quotidian. You don't care for an array of funny songs that would never make sense in our real lives.
See it if you're eager to see a wonderful (star filled) ensemble cast. The show is at times funny but the written is uneven.
Don't see it if you're expecting great new writing. This is a fun and inexpensive night out, but ultimately doesn't have much to say.
See it if You don't mind theatre that takes big silly, weird swings. You like country music, and think swollen tongues are hysterical.
Don't see it if You can't handle the fact that 40% of the play is a hot mess and the plot isn't much, even though the rest is great fun.
See it if Enjoy oddball Clubbed Thumb poor/found theater, for John Ellison Conlee in ideal role, equate sheer absurdity with humor, cactus hats
Don't see it if Hoping for slightly more than a series of running gags and puns, concerned about fire codes
See it if you like Celia Keenan-Bolger or want to see clever dialogue and banter and original jokes and songs.
Don't see it if you want a traditional play, as Tumacho volleys back and forth between straight-laced humor and weird humor.
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