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The Artificial Jungle was a hit!

On May 27th, TBTB presented the first New York revival of the Charles Ludlam classic, The Artificial Jungle. Ludlam founded the Ridiculous Theatrical Company 50 years ago and we were proud to present this hilarious comedy under the direction of the brilliant Everett Quinton, Ludlam’s partner and successor. An amalgam of sultry film noir and Zola’s Therese RaquinThe Artificial Jungle kept the audience laughing all night long.


THEATERMANIA (Zachary Stewart):
"A riotous revival….. Thirty years later, the play still feels subversive, witty, and even
eerily relevant... We howl with laughter!


"This 'Jungle' Is Jumpin’! Ludlam’s over-the-top queer spirit and in-your-face style is still alive and kicking….. a garishly grandiose experience...beyond impressive!

FRONT ROW CENTER (Casey Curtis):
"A stew of wonderful theater. Some of the ingredients are lust, greed, guilt, double
entendre, silliness, ventriloquism, and puppetry….ridiculously wonderful
entertainment. The fantastic across the board."

"Goofy, farcical and very funny. The actors here are great, pulling out all the stops
without ever breaking character witH even a wink

"The hilarious, campy style of Charles Ludlam and the Ridiculous Theatrical
Company lives on, in this excellent revival."

THE REVIEWS HUB (Adreinne Sowers):
"The audience is in for a fun ride…… .. A delightful, murderous, piranha-filled romp! Living up to its namesake movement of Ridiculous, The Artificial Jungle brings bold energy to an absurd premise."

"Theater Breaking Through Barriers production provides plenty of hilarity, thanks to
Quinton's direction and a cast that knows that the surest route to big laughs involves
playing this absurdly steamy melodrama for keeps.


We wish to give our deepest thanks to the
 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
for their incredible first-time support of TBTB’s work and mission.

We are incredibly grateful and honored to be working with you! Your support will allow us to accomplish great things. Thank You!