Nize Baby/ is a comic celebration of the brilliantly mangled English of immigrants in the Bronx in the 1920's. At the time, the New Republic said that Milt Gross' accents were "all the more hilarious for being phonetically accurate." Michael Chabon calls Gross "a lost
wonder of the American literary funhouse." Gross was extraordinarily popular in his day, and enthusiastically engaged the conventions of
low genres like slapstick comedy, vaudeville, comic strips and silent comedies, which perhaps accounts for his slipping from the critical
view; his work was, at times, as insanely inventive as James Joyce, as outrageous as Ionesco, but also resolutely populist.
Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, one of NYC?s longest-running experimental theatres, will be presenting an adaptation of comics pioneer Milt Gross' NIZE BABY. Milt Gross, an extraordinarily popular humorist of the early 20th century, is now experiencing a revival as a
profound influence on everything from Art Speigelman to Philip Roth to television comedy. NIZE BABY was almost turned into a big budget
movie in 1927, but Gross' anarchic surrealism resisted interpretation... until now.