Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

Tumacho (2020)

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing

About the show

Clubbed Thumb presents a return staging of this play with songs, a comic adventure about cowboys and coyotes. Featuring a cast that includes Tony nominees John Ellison Conlee, Andy Grotelueschen, and Phillipa Soo.


From the show:

Once again, the citizens of a frontier outpost are looking for someone to rescue them from the terrors of the local villain. Have they met their salvation – or an even bigger tyrant – when a fiend from the past comes to town?

1h 30m | Already closed | Connelly Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (28)


Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing
Avg Score

Playful, Fluffy, Campy, Absurd, Quirky

See it if At first I did not like this wacko absurdist western, but its juvenile humor grew on me. Great set. Enjoyable songs.

Don't see it if I understand how some people could give this 85, others 50. It's like an extended SNL skit. You might enjoy it or just cringe.

Quirky, Amateurish, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to see an impressive cast of Bway/Off-Bway stalwarts inexplicably cast in a silly, harebrained musical farce set in the Old West.

Don't see it if ur looking for something highbrow (or even middlebrow); u expect belly laughs, wit and/or satire. [This is pretty fluffy & juvenile stuff.]

Beautifully played, Inventively staged, Sharply written, Tuneful, Funny

See it if you’d like to see a funny, silly send-up of the Western (with a bit of monster movie thrown in).

Don't see it if you’re in a deeply serious mood: You might find the silliness grating.

Also A parasitic monster is feeding off a dying town. Sound dire? “TUMACHO”... Read more Read less

Quirky, Hilarious, Great singing, Fun, Silly

See it if you want an evening of extreme silliness with little if any redeeming social relevance. There is a singing cacti chorus!

Don't see it if you like your westerns in black & white with clear heroes & villains. This is much more complex & imaginative than that.

Clever, Disappointing, Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You enjoy a wacky comedy western. The cast has a better time than the audience

Don't see it if Crazy comedy is not your thing


See it if Silly deadpan, potty jokes galore. Excellent cast for a small show with a simple plot. Play with a little singing.

Don't see it if Would've liked more singing from this talented cast. Simple story doesn't deliver a bigger meaning. Not everybody's kinda humor.

Also Diversity: not really. Includes a Black male actor for side characters... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if An enjoyable western play with songs.It is silly and goofy,but a fun time. The great cast really appear to be having a blast!

Don't see it if You prefer thought provoking plays.This is simply a campy evening in the theater.

Quirky, Silly, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want a fun 90 minutes. This is a silly show with several laughs and a company of actors who appear to be having a great time.

Don't see it if you want something serious and/or a show with a meaningful plot. This is simply a fun show where the plot doesn't really matter.

A hoot!, Wacky, Delightful

See it if You need a break from reality. An evening of campy ridiculousness loviingly performed. With music.

Don't see it if You probably won't be at a the Connelly unless you know what you're in for. So you either think it's funny and charming or you don't.

Also It's good to laugh and I'm grateful to Clubbed Thumb for the revival o... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a joyful time. The show doesn't take itself too seriously & allows you to enjoy the quirkiness of the characters, music, & plot.

Don't see it if want something serious. It's a playful musical, over the top, & purposefully silly. If you embrace it, you'll have a great time.

Confusing, Silly, Funny, Quirky

See it if You want to see these performers put into a strange (often unresolved and confusing) world that is full of zingers

Don't see it if You're looking for polish, big vocals, or a plot that makes sense

Silly, Absurd, Quirky, Great writing, Funny

See it if you embrace wholehearted musical absurdity & camp.

Don't see it if you’re a stickler for coloring inside the lines.

Silly, Disappointing

See it if you love Ethan Lipton, but prepare to be disappointed. His usual wit is here replaced by uninspired goofiness. Fine cast, though.

Don't see it if you have no patience for silliness.

Silliness abounds with fantastically fun performances, songs, & a bit of heart

See it if you love broad comedy with a tinge of a heartfelt fable at its center.

Don't see it if you don't like when sketch comedy lasts for more than 5 minutes or so.

Also I had heard this recommended but didn't know what to expect. I found m... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you like real local theater, perhaps you will enjoy...otherwise skip this and enjoy one of the other wonderful off broadway offerings

Don't see it if If you have no patience for local theater...

Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to have fun for 90 minutes

Don't see it if you don't want to giggle

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you have the patience for a quirky show that's inconsistently funny with some slow moments

Don't see it if you don't like a Wild West setting and a silly play

Quirky, Great staging, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Incredible staging - set and costume design. Cool music arrangements. A few funny moments.

Don't see it if The poor dialogue pretty much ruined the show for me.

Also I'm a huge Ethan Lipton fan and was so looking forward to this show. W... Read more Read less

Confusing, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if See if u like totally senseless writing, characters, completely inane plot. By far the worst play I’ve ever seen!!

Don't see it if Don’t c if u think it will be humorous or even remotely entertaining.

Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy westerns and are in for a good laugh!

Don't see it if Youre looking for a serious theatrical experience.

Delightful, Indulgent, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if If you are looking for an off-kilter play with music this is it. Great production and the cast is clearly having a ball.

Don't see it if If you like your plays Serious, logical and straightforward then is one is not for you.

Also This play made me thing of a cartoon come to like in its absurdist hum... Read more Read less

Weak script, Funny performances, Goofy

See it if Interesting mashup of comedy-western and horror. John Ellison Conlee gives a truly hilarious performance as the reluctantly heroic mayor.

Don't see it if The horror elements of the story felt poorly executed, drags significantly in the middle as a result.

Also Very pretty set which is used well.... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you like raucous and absurd comedy. You enjoy a good take off of the Western genre. Great singing cacti.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something deep or significant. It’s only out to amuse.

During previews
Winning, Witty, Wonderful, Wacky, Wild west

See it if for clever full-of-surprises script/songs, fabulous staging, and terrific cast. See Phillipa Soo in a tiny theater! So much fun!

Don't see it if you dislike broad humor. If you only like Ibsen/Chekhov/Pinter, don't go. Sound system probs sh be fixed. 6 men, 3 women. (Male musician).

During previews
Wacky western town plagued by daffy demon

See it if Faux western comedy with some music. The height of silliness without bellylaughs -- the specialty of Clubbed Thumb. A really talented cast

Don't see it if There is nothing offensive about this play -- except perhaps to Western fanatics. Much fun is made of the genre. Loved the singing cactus.

March 2nd, 2020
CRITIC’S PICK. "The Strange Delights of a Supernatural Horse Opera: Ethan Lipton’s delirious Western comedy features a pigtailed gunslinger, a soul-sucking demon and singing puppet cactuses, among other inspired flights of fancy."
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March 12th, 2020
"If You’re Leaving the House, Head West to 'Tumacho'"
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February 24th, 2020
"'Tumacho' Is a Country-Western Elementary School Pageant for Adults Ethan Lipton's musical play performs off-Broadway with an all-star cast."
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February 24th, 2020
"This is a full-fledged play with music, a semi-musical western spoof of uncertain intentions beyond indulging the kind of silliness I associate with the entertainment at children's birthday parties. Hardcore Lipton fans may disagree; to anyone looking for comedy with a little bite, caveat emptor."
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