Penn & Teller BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 12, 2015
    Closing:
    August 16, 2015

    Theater: Marquis Theatre / 1535 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Penn & Teller seem to be everywhere: "Celebrity Apprentice", "Dancing with the Stars," world tours, Las Vegas! But the evil geniuses have been tied up and held hostage at the place that helped launch their careers: Broadway! For the first time in almost 25 years, the duo comes home, where they will bring astonishing tricks from their record-breaking Vegas act, along with their most outrageous classics, to the Marquis Theatre. Throughout their eclectic and indefinable careers, the duo has stabbed and shot at each other, been run over by tractor trailers, and caught bullets in their mouths. Now, for 6 weeks only, Penn & Teller promise to shock and amaze Broadway like never before, and keep it all as family friendly as their demented minds can.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Penn & Teller

    Penn & Teller on Broadway’ Explores the Illusions of Technology

    Ben Brantley

    July 12, 2015: Though it’s been four decades since they first teamed up, Penn and Teller are looking terribly of-the-moment these days. Never mind that their latest entertaining exercise in populist hocus-pocus — “Penn & Teller on Broadway,” which opened on Sunday night at the Marquis Theater — includes some of the oldest tricks in any conjurer’s book, including the extraction of a rabbit from a top hat and sawing a woman in half. These are the magicians, after all, who for years have been telling us not to believe in the magic they do. How appropriate that credo feels in the early 21st century, when everybody seems to be in on the joke that everybody else is a fake. Penn Jillette, left, and Teller in Times Square.Penn and Teller, Reconjured on BroadwayJUNE 17, 2015 It’s hard to hear a pop star’s hit record now without thinking of the technology that smoothed and sweetened the vocals, or to listen to a politician without imagining a team of speechwriters, or to watch special effects in an action movie without wondering about green screens. As much as we may be amused or even enthralled by such spectacles, it’s become a point of honor to know that they’re only illusions. Or, to use the delicate language of Penn and Teller, it’s all BS, a term that the audience at the Marquis yells out (in its unabbreviated form) on a cue from Penn (the stage name of Penn Jillette; Teller is always just Teller, for professional purposes). “Penn and Teller: BS” was the title of this team’s long-running series on Showtime, devoted to the exposure of professional frauds.

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