The Neo-Ridiculous Technique

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Author: Richard Canning
Date: January-February 2018
From: The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide(Vol. 25, Issue 1)
Publisher: The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
Document Type: Book review
Length: 547 words
Lexile Measure: 1420L

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Charles Ludlam Lives! Charles Busch, Bradford Louryk, Taylor Mac, and the Queer Legacy of the Ridiculous Theatre Company

by Sean F. Edgecomb Michigan. 246 pages, $70.

FOR THOSE who liked Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatre Company in its heyday in the 1960s, what can one say? There was a lot to like. It was a theater of true excess; sitting in the front row was ill-advised. Morphing out of the Play-House of the Ridiculous, a Manhattan-based alternative theater troupe--which was founded by the late actor-director John Vaccaro and which Ludlam joined early on--the Ridiculous Theatre Company allowed Ludlam free rein to write, perform in, and direct a series of dazzling, perverse, non-naturalistic comic pieces. His intent was to counter the humorless accounts of gay men's marginal, miserable lives that had dominated American theater (Tennessee Williams, William Inge)--to...

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