Snippets From Sparkleberry
At The Annoyance, 367 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg. 8:30pm. $10. More info here.
A ragtag gang of particularly zany folk come together to present this supposedly long-awaited public showing of some of the citizens of Sparkleberry’s theatrical creations, a town full of kindred spirits who also happen to be incredibly dumb. Needless to say, such a combination will probably make for some engaging material. The production features Eliza Hurwitz (who has also created a show that is dedicated to her love of Duane Reade), Steven DeSiena (the Music Man in recurring cartoon/puppet/sketch show Cartoon Monsoon), and Bardia Salimi (who I meant to see in a backyard comedy show in May but he spent too long getting an ice cream.) With a team like that, what could go wrong?
Continues through July 9 at The Wild Project, 195 E 3rd Street, East Village. 8pm, July 8 and 9 also at 3pm. Tickets are $18, $15 for students. More info here.
The final show in Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks series is like a spaghetti western, if you replaced the spaghetti with a heaping plate of earnest silliness. It gives you a peek into a small town, complete with swinging-door saloon, and the interesting, occasionally misguided people who inhabit it. In this case, the spirit of a demon named Tumacho may be possessing one of their bodies. But never fear, despite looming threats of demonic death and drama this show is full of not only giggles but also plush cactus puppets and several songs, making for an evening at the theater full of amusing surprises. The run’s technically sold out, but they’re fairly skilled at getting everyone who shows up a little early in.
Continues weekly at The Annoyance, 367 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg. $10. More info here.
This serial “cyber-techno serial drama,” chronicling a team of hackers in the internet’s golden year of 1991, happened earlier in the year but was such a hackin’ success that they brought it back. Writer Zach DiLanzo and director Sebastian DiNatale (who also perform in the show) both work on The Daily Show as writer and producer respectively and the cast is chock-full of Annoyance regulars like Mo Fry Pasic, Brian Fiddyment, and Joe Rumrill. Think you can crack the code? Oh wait, someone’s talking on the phone so you can’t actually get online right now. Ah, wasn’t the past great?
At The PIT, 123 E 24th Street, Flatiron. 9:30pm. Tickets are $10. More info here.
Murderfist is both the name of a charismatic sketch and improv group and the recurring show they do. Some comedy folk might be more focused on the content of the jokes than the performance of them, but I am certain in saying that Murderfist flings their energy both ways, delivering raucous and loudly spirited work that is also funny and truly weird. They were named Best Sketch Comedy Group In New York by the Village Voice, and they may or may not have compelled the creator of mayonnaise to rise from his grave through some kind of sheer force, so who knows what they’ll do next.
Germany 1933 __ Strange Fire
July 8-10 at Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose Street, Bushwick. 8pm. $10. More info here.
As you may have heard, Bushwick art and music space Secret Project Robot is leaving their Melrose Street location at the end of the summer in search of, understandably, a cheaper space. But in the meantime they’re up to all sorts of stuff, including this weekend of experimental theater. You’ll get two shows by Saints of an Unnamed Country and Psychic Readings Co respectively, one involving fascist politics at a virtual pizza party and another reconstructing a sermon that sent ripples of laughter through a large crowd, both almost guaranteed to be surprising and odd. Oh, and there will be BBQ, so don’t catch yourself laughing at that sermon with your mouth full.