Punch and Judy
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*LADCC award winner Jen Albert, Fight Choreography*
Winner – Encore Producers Award
Nominee – Top of the Fringe
Nominee – Best Comedy
Recommended! – Stage Raw (Top Ten shows to see at Fringe)
“The six cast members are all outstanding. This is a brilliant and hilarious show” -ArtsBeatLA
“A show that is a genuine case study of style and comic delivery that deserves to be preserved in amber.” -TheTVolution
Editors’ Pick! “Johnson’s direction is excellent.” -Blog Critics
Highly Recommended. “Punch and Judy is that very rare thing, a truly classy fringe show, with no caveats or reservations.”-FringeReview
“100% perfect. Very Highly Recommended.”-Gia on the Move
This live-action adaptation of the western world’s most enduring popular entertainment follows the beloved and irascible domestic abuser Punch on a hilarious and kill-crazed day of adventure. All your favorite characters are sure to put in appearances: Judy, Pretty Polly, Scaramouch, Jim Crow, Toby the Dog, Jack Ketch, Hector the Horse … even Old Nick himself, the Devil and Prince of Lies, will wind up on the receiving end of Punch’s tomfoolery.
Drawing on performance traditions as richly varied as Commedia dell’Arte, the Roman gladiatorial games, the English mystery plays, Kenpo Karate, Le Theatre du Grand-Guignol, Dorian Mime (?!) and Hollywood action-splatter cinema, The School of Night is proud to present a blast of theatrical bombast crafted to batter and berate its viewers into giddy, satisfied submission.
Mr. Punch will tickle your ribs as he bludgeons, stabs, slashes, burns, shoots and inappropriately gropes his way straight into your heart.
Run time: 50 Minutes
Not recommended for kids.
“The best reason to see this Punch, however, is that Johnson has assembled one of the ablest and most expertly timed physical comedy ensembles in recent memory. Johnson has replaced the traditional miniatures with live actors…. and staged the results as highly polished and pitch-perfect commedia dell’arte.”
-Bill Raden, Stage Raw
Jen Albert devised the fight choreography for several scenes and these are some of the best and most versatile fight sequences that I have seen on an L.A. stage.
-Pauline Adamek, ArtsBeatLA
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* Fringe Veteran
"Speaks to the enduring, mystifying qualities of the human heart.…" -- Stage Raw “Guaranteed to walk you out of the theater on a high note. Recommended” — Gia on the Move
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