Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Get ready for some theater fisticuffs

By Meredith Deliso

Finally, a theater series that asks the question, “Are you ready to rummmmble?”

The Brick’s annual celebration of on-stage violence, Fight Fest, returns to the Williamsburg theater next month, with swashbuckling vixens, John Waters-esque family dysfunction and good ol’ fashioned slapstick.

From Dec. 2-22, five distinct plays will bring it, including “Bandage,” which incorporates dance, stage combat and clowning to portray a tribal history of jesters, harlequins and Auguste clowns; the campy “Raising Cane: A Family Portrait,” which looks at a family of simpleton in-breeds who just love to beat each other up; and the Shakespeare inspired “Rapier Wit!” about seven swordswomen in 1607 England who illegally swashbuckle their way through the Bard’s great tragedies — to fast-paced comedic effect.

Can’t decide what to see? Check out the preview cabaret on Dec. 2, where you’ll get snippets of this year’s plays, so you and your friends can then decide which to put your money down on, with only minimal fighting.

Fight Fest at the Brick [575 Metropolitan Ave. between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 907-6189], Dec. 2–22 with a free opening night cabaret. Tickets $15 for each show. For info, visit


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