If you missed the screening of Tommy Wiseau’s new sitcom, don’t worry — you’ll have plenty of chances to see some so-bad-its-good(?) acting and directing at the Bad Theater Fest. The Fringe Fest-esque cavalcade of 50+ productions aims to expose “both first-time playwrights and discarded material from more established and seasoned writers.”
That means Golden Lear, in which Sophia stars as King Lear; Cat, which promises “singing, dancing, and feline pelvic thrusts”; a puppet battle to the death; Curling! The Musical (“it’s never been performed before”); and Extreme Karaoke Bachelorette Party, in which “the bride-to-be demands her karaoke bachelorette party continue despite a biological terrorist attack having just occurred.” Plus, more run-of-the-mill productions with plot lines like “one girl’s wombat wish comes true…”
So just how bad will these shorts be? Well, co-founder Gavin Starr Kendall, who’s also a founder of the Bad Film Fest and has done theater at Williamsburg’s Brick Theater and the East Village’s Incubator Arts Project, says, “Probably what you see at the Bad Theater Fest is not that bad, trust me. And if there is something that you don’t like, it’ll be over soon and something else will come on right after that that’ll probably knock your socks off.”
Bad Theater fest at Treehouse Theater, 154 W 29th St., bet. Sixth and Seventh Aves, 2nd Fl; October 17, 18, 24, 25 and November 1 and 2; tickets $15.