Conquest of the Universe, or When Queens Collide Closing (Theater and Galleries) New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 19 2012

Wayne Shaw adapts Charles Ludlam's 1968 goof on Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great (which I'm pretty sure featured less anal rape) into a seemingly random mix of space opera, Shakespeare, meta-jokes, screaming, poetry, found text, bad drag, worse karaoke, and dildos. Oh, and it's set in the 1980s—because, at that point, why the hell not? Ludicrous Theatre wants this to be an absurdist romp, and in very different hands it may’ve been. But Shaw's aggressively amateurish production amounts to little more than a proverbial middle finger to its own audience. Unwatchable. —Dan Jakes

Price: $20

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