Friday, January 2, 2009

The Judgement of Paris (Company XIV)

Cast members Laura Careless, Yeva Glover and Davon Rainey. Photo by Steven Schreiber.

Company XIV produced their "theatre/dance extravaganza," The Judgement of Paris, last spring in Brooklyn. This year, they've re-mounted the spectacular at The Duo Theatre in Manhattan for a four week engagement. I saw the previous production and was pleasantly surprised at how the entertainment factor trumped any trace of pretentious performance art-iness. With a qualified creative team and accomplished performers, The Judgement of Paris is frisky fun for those who appreciate dance and creative storytelling.

This current version of The Judgement of Paris is nearly identical to last year's offering. Exceptions include length (the show now runs just one hour) and the number of acts (it's now just one act, which means no more Necco Wafers at intermission). But other than a couple of cast replacements, the presentation remains in tact. For more info, read the Theatre Is Easy review below.

Review by Molly Marinik, May 2008
"With an emphasis on Moulin Rouge-esque presentation, the performace is sexual and playful and maintains an air of French fun. The dancers are clearly enjoying themselves as they commit fully to their roles and luckily, it's a fun that's shared with the audience; it's hard not to have a good time."

Click here to read Theatre Is Easy's full review of The Judgement of Paris.

(The Judgement of Paris plays at The Duo Theatre, 62 East 4th Street, from January 8th through February 1st. Show times are Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $35 and $20 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets visit or call 212-868-4444. Mature content: no one under 16 admitted.)

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