Dark Barroom Comedy The Barking Pig at Theatre Asylum
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A sold-out critical hit Off Broadway and a big winner at this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival, the raucous comedy Women cleverly retells the beloved story of Louisa May Alcott's March girls as if it were an episode of Lena Dunham's HBO show Girls, complete with the ready-made hashtag #bethdies. And it isn't much of a stretch to imagine Jo, Amy, Beth and Meg existing in both worlds, especially in this fast-paced and keenly-observed series of sketches. Written by Chiara Atik, the show earned a New York Times critics' pick and scored several awards at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Fest, including Top of the Fringe and Best Comedy. Learn More
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Featured review from cgeraldez
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Overall, I enjoyed myself. There are really memorable moments in the performance, and the acting isn't bad. It's definitely an interesting ride as these characters interact with each other and you don't really know what's going to happen next.
The only problem I really have with the show was the ending. It was... unsatisfying. Not particularly because /how/ it ended, but because it didn't feel like it actually closed the plot arc like it should have.
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Starts out well and totally dissolves after one-half hour and you just want the killer to kill anyone, just anyone, to put that person and the audience out of their misery. Be cautious of other reviews as there were at least 15 close friends or...continued
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“Michael Shaw Fisher has written some insanely tight elements, well-acted by Adams, Buer, Vacca and the rest, that spun together reach that cacophonous pitch of reverie and ritual.” —LA Theatre Review
“The play moves at a steady pace that combines amusement, tension and mystery with music and bad poetry. With some unexpectedly wonderful twists and some what-the-hell moments, “Barking Pig” is a play not to be missed.” —_Campus Circle _
“There’s betrayal, loss, beatings, theft, prison, music, the loss of small town America, and a beauty pageant. It’s all just so lovely and sad and complicated and, most of all, hilarious. The audience did not stop laughing and it wasn’t from the whiskey, either.” —LASplash
“The eight-member ensemble, led by J. Scott as the vengeful psychopath and Asher Lyons as a scummy con artist, is sheer perfection, proving that unadulterated ham can be a sublime guilty pleasure.” —_Backstage _
Victor Helms is a figure legends surround like a flock of crows. When the Barking Pig, a dingy dive on the edge of nowhere, receives news that Victor has just broken out of a maximum security prison and is coming to kill one of its six patrons, the only question remains: Which little piggy will die? Hilarity, audacity, bad poetry and music ensue as the bar-full of drunken nincompoops bite and claw their way to the bottom of life’s final mysteries before Victor walks through the door blazing. The ultimate question: is there time for one more drink?
Written and directed by Michael Shaw Fisher and workshopped at the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab (of which Michael is co-founder) __The Barking Pig __is a theatrical experience that fires on all levels, veering from the profane to the divine with outrageous characters that as Oscar Wilde would say, may be “…in the gutter” but are “looking at the stars.”