Walk past the Ellen Stewart Theatre on East 4th street around 7:45 – 8:00 and you can’t miss it, the real Jesus Christ nailed to a cross. This might explain why there was a full house at last nights performance of CALIGULA MAXIMUS. Or maybe the audience found out that adult film star and Penthouse Pet Justine Joli along with a cast of stealth acrobats, bodybuilders, showgirls and freaks would be running around the stage bare naked. Or maybe word got out that there is a scene where the cast in all their naked glory invites the audience to join them on stage. Or maybe it was the free beer and hot peanut giveaway right before the show. Whatever they did to pack this young, hip audience into this converted Townhouse worked.
Co-written by Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner (owner of The Box) CALIGULA MAXIMUS stars Ryan Knowles as the campy and charismatic Caligula. On the political incorrectness scale I give this production a 9. I had it right around 7 1/2 until they went into the Slavery is Sexy number. I would be pissed if it wasn’t so campy. Anyway the show wraps up on the 17th of April which gives you two days to catch it. If last night’s crowd was any indicator good luck getting a ticket. I posted the info below along with some cool shots from the website.
Presented by La MaMa ETC, Hammerstein and Weiner, Christopher McElroen, Alfred Preisser, and Kingsize, USA, at La MaMa ETC, 66 E. Fourth St., NYC. March 19–April 17. Thu. and Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8 and 10 p.m. (212) 352-3101, (866) 811-4111, www.theatermania.com, or www.lamama.org.
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