Tonight/Jungle OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Sara Krulwich
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 21, 2016
    Closing:
    February 7, 2016

    Theater: HERE Arts Center / 145 Ave. of Americas, New York, NY, 10013

    Synopsis: 

    Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award of 2013 and hailed as "breathtaking" by the Financial Times, DARK VANILLA JUNGLE is a compelling and heart-wrenching drama about one girl’s craving for family and home… and the lengths she will go to find them. TONIGHT WITH DONNY STIXX recently had its world premiere at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tabloids called him The Most Hated Boy Alive. But Donny doesn't want forgiveness. All Donny wants is… his own television show.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Tonight/Jungle

    In ‘Tonight/Jungle’ by Philip Ridley, Darkness Rules

    Ben Brantley

    January 29, 2016: Just how dark do you like it? The British dramatist Philip Ridley, whose excellent “Dark Vanilla Jungle” and “Tonight With Donny Stixx” are in repertory at Here, is notorious for testing the palates of theatergoers who think they prefer their humor black, strong and bitter. His lurid tragicomedies — like his futurist shocker “Mercury Fur,” staged by the New Group last year — typically begin in shadow and progress steadily into a starless midnight, where any available light is often reflected in pools of blood. Mr. Ridley’s characters commit acts of barbarism that Quentin Tarantino probably hasn’t even imagined. And I’ve seen people bolt from a Ridley play with their hands clamped over their mouths. That Mr. Ridley is also a writer of uncommon, lyrical delicacy may sound like a contradiction. But what’s most unsettling in his work isn’t its violence, but the seductive voices of those who perpetrate it. He endows his blighted characters with an instinctive gift for poetry that gropes for patterns in a random and unforgiving universe.

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