Smart Review: POST TRAUMATIC SUPER DELIGHTFUL

There are only two more chances to see Antonia Lassar’s rip-roaring, thought-provoking, solo-clown show Post Traumatic Super Delightful, at the New York Frigid Festival: Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30pm and Friday, March 6 at 8:30pm. See it! See it if you consider yourself a feminist, see it if you or someone you know identifies as a survivor of sexual assault, see it if you’re a college graduate. Lassar and director Angela Dumlao are using the power of theater to both educate audiences on an increasingly hot-button issue and offer a revolutionary way of discussing it: through laughter. Read my review below or over at TheatreIsEasy.com.

Post Traumatic Super Delightful

Antonia Lassar in ‘Post Traumatic Super Delightful.’ Photo by Kati Frazier.

BOTTOM LINE: Equal parts incisive and hysterical, Antonia Lassar’s one-woman show investigates sexual assault on college campuses using clowning and laughter as a means of healing.

Can sexual assault be funny? As one character in Antonia Lassar’s Post Traumatic Super Delightful points out, laughter “means connection with someone.” What better way, then, to cope with the lingering anguish of rape than finding a way to collectively laugh about it?

Lassar’s solo show, now playing at the Kraine Theater as part of the aptly named Frigid New York Festival, opens with a series of fart noises interrupting a tormented confession from a survivor. The scene invites you to laugh — in fact it dares you not to — just as the play later invites you to sympathize with an alleged rapist. Continue reading

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Smart Review: TINA AND AMY: LAST NIGHT IN PARADISE

The Frigid New York Festival is really cool! Check out my review of Tina and Amy: Last Night in Paradise below or over at the revamped TheatreIsEasy.com!

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Maria Gilhooley and Anotnia Lasser in Tina and Amy: Last Night in Paradise. Photo by Keke Brown.

BOTTOM LINE: A goofy but spirited testament to the power of friendship as portrayed by a ’90s-era Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

SixTee Collective, a new theater company featured in this year’s Frigid New York Festival, consists of three “ladies who make plays about ladies who are funny.” What better way to honor this mission than an homage to the first female duo to conquer everything from Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” to the Golden Globe Awards?

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