Coming this fall!!! The Fools are back at the PIT for sloppy seconds with their new Commedia creation: THE TOOTH-PULLER!!! Commedia dell’Arte is the great-grand daddy of modern improv and sketch comedy. Come see some of the goofy goodness which gave birth to the comedy of today! A fast-paced farce of masked mayhem, “The Tooth-Puller” is a carnivalesque confection wrapped in hallucinogenic treats, sprinkled with dancing octogenarians, with a pinch of dick jokes, dipped in a festive musical fondue, topped with an ever-changing improvised ending, and filled with a creamy center of love and revenge. Get your tickets at the PIT website!
A HISTORY OF SERVITUDE
From February 3rd through March 3rd, 2017 the Department of Fools brought back the highly successful; A History of Servitude at the Peoples Improv Theater.
Once again, critics and audiences alike raved about this raucous show:
“Hilarious…an interesting blend of commedia dell’Arte and modern street theatre with its mix of broad comedy, improv and mask work. I enjoyed watching The Department of Fools make fools of themselves and blast the masters in the process.”…Tami Shaloum, Stage Buddy
“The laughing which came from my mouth was near endless to the point that the play’s ending made me feel like I had just done my best ab workout in months.”…Julian Rodriguez, PXP – Theater Development Fund
“A Best Bet!…Go see A History of Servitude for the cast, the laughs, the political commentary, and the balloons.”…Charlotte Arnoux, Theasy
In August 2016, the Fools performed their original production of A History of Servitude at the NYC International Fringe Festival.
Critics and audiences alike raved:
“You haven’t really experienced the Fringe until you’ve experienced Fringe Al Fresco. And it was my great good luck to catch one of these free outdoor events, A History of Servitude, under the canopy of a Fringe Lounge… a breath of fresh air (you can take that in the literal sense here)-and a rich celebration of Commedia dell’Arte.”…Deirdre Donovan, Curtain Up
“The cast plays wonderfully together and cultivates a genuine sense of fun amidst all of the theatrical conventions. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a comedy in a different style”…Will Jacobs, Theasy
“…the actors are completely immersed in their characters: each has an excellent sense of physical comedy and embraces the spirit of the art form….A History of Servitude is worth seeing, especially if you’re a fan of silly comedy. I generally roll my eyes–but found myself appreciating this show because of the talented troupe’s commitment…The standout skit involves the Building of the Pyramids and the Death of the Pharaoh–one of the most skillful bits I’ve seen lately—not just at Fringe, but anywhere.”…Leslie DiLeo, Hi Drama
In April 2016, the Department of Fools made their NYC debut with performances of The Tooth Puller at the NYU Gallatin Arts Festival and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.