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The Midnight Menagerie

comedy · the bardic bastards · Ages 15+ · world premiere · United States of America

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RUSSELL EATON certified reviewer June 21, 2018
tagged as: Dark Comedy · farce · gross
The closest thing to a gross-out comedy I have seen at Fringe this year, The Midnight Menagerie features a strong cast tackling some pretty over-the-top characters. Starting with the premise of a “mobster” turned screenwriter feeling slighted by the Hollywood studio system - and specifically everyone he feels ruined a screenplay he had poured his heart and soul into - what is a such a man to do? Take revenge, of course! The revenge plot is where the show starts to embrace a farce vibe and that is where the show works best. ... full review
ALEX FRANKEL certified reviewer June 17, 2018
Even though this kind of humor isn’t usually funny to me, by the time the curtain went down I sat there admiring the cleverness and bleakness of the whole project. But some of the barfing was laugh-out-loud funny. However, all the violence gave me nightmares!... full review
ASHLEY ROMANS certified reviewer June 17, 2018
tagged as: young · fun · insightful
This play is young fun, clever, quick, insightful and existential commentary on art, business, and morality. It's like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf meets Saw IV! Especially the vomiting from Albee and the blood from Lionsgate. This anti-hero tale will definitely make you think some. The characters are all flawed in various ways but still we wonder and root for them as we see them go through the 5 stages of grief right before our very eyes. The bargaining stage which is particularly fun and comedic. I enjoy Brandon Pheltz's writing and direction of this piece. Especially having seen his previous work from last year's The Bakery, he definitely is developing a signature sound and style of story telling that's going to leave an excellent ... full review
JOHN BRYANT certified reviewer June 14, 2018
This is a very entertaining play. A group of evil Hollywood types (e.g. skeevy producers, greedy agents, narcissistic actors) gather at an embittered screenwriter’s house where potentially fatal shenanigans ensue. The play gets awesomely bonkers in ways that only great dark comedies can, yet it also has very grounded moments of drama that make the characters feel honest and real (I’m thinking of Marilyn’s monologue to Rose near the end, and Erol’s monologue to Marilyn at the end that were particularly strong). The playwright writes very thoughtful, fun material, and all of the actors deliver their lines with confidence and listen with empathy. I’m a fan of this play and a fan of the Bardic Bastards, the theater group that’s responsible for p... full review
MARTIN RODRIGUEZ certified reviewer June 04, 2018
So much fun. Bardic Bastards once again show why they create some of my favorite stories in the dark comedy genre. You will laugh throughout most of this play and find yourself enjoying an entertaining story that keeps you engaged throughout. This blend of writing and acting makes for a great time!... full review
SHAE TOMLINSON certified reviewer June 04, 2018
So fun and entertaining! An hour was the perfect length to tell this playful, dark comedy. The characters were all such huge and different personalities, and it was really fun to see them all interact with each other, especially when they're fighting to stay alive! ... full review
BRAD ETHERIDGE certified reviewer June 11, 2018
The play is just a blast. In a tight 50ish minutes, it packs in mystery, hilarity, twists, and just some brilliant characters and acting. Couldn't recommend it enough for a fun night out!... full review
BRYAN NGO certified reviewer June 25, 2018
Well paced, charming, cool props. The pompous guy and the little old lady were great. Also liked the guy in the back that got no love. Kevin was his name maybe?... full review
ALEX SCHEG certified reviewer June 23, 2018
Great time, good story. Good mix of comedy, satire, and substance. Definitely would recommend to those looking to see a good play, but would also recommend to those not a fan of plays in general. It's more like a movie on stage.... full review
MICHAEL ANDRICOPOULOS certified reviewer June 22, 2018
Incredible... full review