"Audacious, giddy, sublime madness... energetic and fearless... proves that the line between funniest comedy and scariest tragedy is about one atom wide... The Maggot Family Ramblers perform Adam Swiderski's bouyant arrangements beautifully." -- Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com, July 2002
"Highly crafted, surprisingly multifaceted... The staging is elegant, the actors compelling... Jonatha Bates is both sexy and superb, Moira Stone does fine work, Josh Mertz effectively presides over the production... THIS IS VIABLE, EVEN ESSENTIAL THEATRE THAT DEMONSTRATES PRECISELY WHY THE DOWNTOWN SCENE IS AS IMPORTANT TO NY PERFORMING ARTS AS EVER." -- Frank Episale, OOBR.com
Meet the Maggot clan.
Preacher Bob, garbageman by day, Baptist preacher by night, trying to reconcile the demands of God with the longings of the flesh. ... Toby, sixteen, bitter, angry confused, lost in a world that doesn't understand him and in love with a married woman at the end of her rope. ... Pubert, a glue sniffing malcontent who sleeps all day and ruts all night with Angel, the gothic psychotic alien abductee. ... Mama, TV junkie, food glutton, convinced that the world is full of ghosts and piss. ... Hayseed, goatlover, mental deficient, more concerned with his obsessions than his family.
The mutant love child of O Brother Where Art Thou and The Rocky Horror Show, House of Trash is the latest collaboration between director Frank Cwiklik and writer Trav S.D., whose joined forces made Orgy of the Dead a sellout smash success in early 2001. A sinister, darkly comic cornpone musical extravaganza featuring original songs, vaudevillian lunacy, and the world's first truck driving gorilla companion, this show both explores and destroys every cliché you’ve ever heard about rural Americana – deftly satirizing and sympathetically humanizing the kind of people most New Yorkers would run screaming from. Thought provoking, hysterically funny, disturbing, infectious, alarming, moving, it’s not like anything you’ve seen before, and if you think you have, you haven’t seen it like this.
MACABRE THEATRICS in
association with HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP presents
NYTheatre.com review * OOBR.com review
FIRST PERFORMANCE: The Red Room,. 7/12/02 / LAST PERFORMANCE: The Red Room, 8/3/02