Breaking Bard

comedy · the porters of hellsgate · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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CYNTHIA BECKERT certified reviewer · June 12, 2015
Extremely smart and very enjoyable! This show has got Best of Fringe written all over it! Author Gus Krieger is a poetic genius, pulling just the right Shakespeare quotes to give intense theatrical life to this well-known cast of characters. Bard-o-philes will appreciate the clever combinations of famous speeches from throughout the canon (he even works in Titus Andronicus, fer crissake! and the Seven [St]ages of Man/Meth speech alone is worth the price of admission), and Breaking Baddies will enjoy the creative, condensed retelling of the entire series. If you're a fan of both the Bard and the Bad, you are in for a real treat! The cast - members of that talented-beyond-their-years company The Porters of Hellsgate - delivers the iambic penta... full review

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GREGORY CRAFTS certified reviewer · June 06, 2015
tagged as: spoilers · verse · mash-up
In the vein of Pulp Shakespeare and Two Gentlemen of Lebowski comes Breaking Bard. A brilliant mashup of Bill Shakespeare and Breaking Bad. The show's only an hour, so it hits the highlights of the series (spoliers abound!). The script renders the tragic tale of Walter of Albuquerque into cleverly-crafted verses that hint at the Bard's greatest hits, and rounds the story out with broad strokes of comedic brilliance. If you're a fan of either Shakespeare or Walter White (or both! Especially both!), you'll love this show. A fantastic offering from The Porters of Hellsgate. Not to be missed. ... full review

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SUE WOOD certified reviewer · June 06, 2015
A hilarious script - fantastic performances - lots of laughter. Local theater companies can be hit and miss. I was concerned that the show wouldn't live up to the hype. Boy was I so happy when it did! I would recommend this to any breaking bad fan, who understands Shakespeare. Hearing most of the Bards famous lines intermixed with the plot for the show slayed me. I can't wait to go see it again!! ... full review

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MAURICE LIMON certified reviewer · June 15, 2015
tagged as: Breaking bard
what a genius concept! Gus Krieger was a sharp tongued sir Walter white. Jesse was hilarious! Drina Durazo's directing shines! What an amazing show! I hope to see it again as I know it will surely build steam and become a larger production. It is too good not to continue!... full review

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JULE SELBO certified reviewer · June 13, 2015
AMAZING! CLEVER! HILARIOUS. If you have seen Breaking Bad -- you have to see Breaking Bard.... full review

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GRAYDON SCHLICHTER certified reviewer · June 13, 2015
To start with I'm going to assume you have an idea of what this show is and go from there. At the bottom* I will fill in those of you who may not know. Yes. See this. The adaption is exquisitely executed. The performances manage to be faithful both to Shakespeare and to the characters of Breaking Bad. No, not everyone nor everything from the later is there, this show is only an hour. But there are no wasted moments, no gratuitously expended time, no unnecessarily pregnant pauses or beats. This show commits to its premise with a sincerity that was absolutely necessary, but none the less very much appreciated. The few times there are winks to the audience it is as if with the blessing of the Bard himself. During the curtain call ... full review

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KAT MICHELS · June 08, 2015
tagged as: clever · bard · shakespeare · Breaking Bad
#SeeItLA - This is well written, clever and well acted. In a quick 60 minutes, writer Gus Krieger, who also plays Walter White, is able to tell the entire story of all 5 seasons of the hit TV show Breaking Bad through reworked Shakespearean speeches. Kreiger includes several of Shakespeare's most famous speeches, including Twelfth Night's seven ages of man speech reworked into the seven stages of meth cooking. It is very clever. It can stand on its own, but will definitely be funnier to Shakespeare and Breaking fans. So brush up on your bard, brush up on your bad and bring your strawberry embroidered hanky because you just might laugh so hard that you cry.... full review

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BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ certified reviewer · June 17, 2015
Very well written. This adaptation is hilarious, well acted, smart directing and entertaining the whole way through. A definite must see for Breaking Bad and Shakespeare lovers. If you've never seen Breaking Bad, don't bother because you will be completely lost. But they knock it out of the park if you know the show. Recreating classic moments from the show **spoiler** "The Fly" episode, and it's all just so well done. This is a must for an extension.... full review

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ELLEN DOSTAL · June 07, 2015
This theatrical parody of a TV favorite has Fringe hit written all over it. Get your tickets now because the theater only has about 40 seats and this show is quickly going to sell out. It should. Gus Krieger‘s writing is smart, compact, wickedly funny, and exactly what you hope it will be when you picture a Walter White world with William Shakespeare dialogue. The show is full of surprises but far be it from me to spoil them for you. I’ll only highlight one bit of brilliant writing; Krieger’s transformation of Shakespeare’s “Seven ages of man” into the “seven stages of cooking meth.” It’s worth the price of admission for that speech alone. Characterized by fast-paced scenes that establish the chronology, hit the joke, land, and move on... full review

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JACK ZULLO certified reviewer · June 13, 2015
Meticulous. Brilliant. After one minute, I thought, "This is brilliant I can get up and leave now" because I knew what I was getting. Rational thought kept me seated to see how they'd pull it off. The script was crafted around Vince Gilligan's series using recognizable snippets from Shakespeare's works, so if you're a fan of both you're in for the same braingasm I had. This company benefits from being an established group of players. The pacing was so brisk there was barely a window for applause and laugh breaks both of which the audience was eager to interject. You'll probably miss this, cause there's only like 20 tickets left for entire run. ... full review

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