New York City
The Queens Players present The Knight of the Burning Pestle, an obscure Jacobean comedy, adapted by director Kevin Dodd. As a troupe of young actors begin The London Merchant, a quaint play centering on middle-class characters, a pair of rough-and-tumble peasants and their servant Rafe interrupts the action and demands to see a play about a Grocer-Errant battling bloodthirsty giants, wooing exotic princesses, and leading armies into battle. The players do their best to maintain their dignity and continue their play as they are forced to perform impromptu scenes with the Rafe, the quixotic knight.
This is The Queens Players’ inaugural production in its new space.
Matinee performance on July 22 at 2pm. No matinees on July 15, 16, 23.
What the critics are saying:
“Pure tongue-in-cheek fun! Dodd most certainly guides his extraordinary ensemble to a style that’s sort of slapstick, sort of melodramatic (melodramatic in the contemporary sense). He creates some great stage pictures and bits and has obviously allowed his cast to explore outrageous characters all their own.
He also allows for some hilarious improvisations. The cast is absolutely fantastic. […] The Knight of the Burning Pestle is pure good times.” — Richard Hinojosa, nytheatre.com
Final performance: June 24, 2023