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Department of Fools presents “The Tooth-Puller” at The Pit


The Department of Fools



The Department of Fools is back for sloppy seconds! After a successful revival at the PIT of their Fringe NYC hit, A History of Servitude, the Fools are returning to the PIT with their newest Commedia creation: The Tooth-Puller. A fast-paced farce of masked mayhem, The Tooth-Puller is playing at the Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) from September 29th through November 5

The Tooth-Puller has no script. Instead, in the grand Commedia tradition, using nothing more than an outline the Fools weave together each performance from bits of comic business, song and improvisation. Commedia dell’Arte is the great-grand daddy of modern improv and sketch comedy. Audiences will roar at the goofy goodness of Commedia, which gave birth to the comedy of today!

The Tooth-Puller is a carnivalesque confection wrapped in hallucinogenic treats, sprinkled with dancing octogenarians, with a pinch of dick jokes, dipped in a festive musical fondue, topped with an ever-changing improvised ending, and filled with a creamy center of love and revenge.

The internationally diverse company includes Sylvie Mae Baldwin, Yair Ben-Dor (ABC’s Quantico), Jessenia Cuesta, Matthew A.J. Gregory (Power of Darkness/The Mint), Shira Hadad, Ben Rademacher, Andy Richardson (Newsies & Gypsy – Broadway), Anna Tempte and Rotem Weiner.

All performances are at The Peoples Improv Theatre – Striker Mainstage

123 Esat 24th Street (between Park Avenue & Lexington Ave.)

Tickets are $12.00 

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Vaudevisual interview – “The Department of Fools”


I have always had a respect for the traditional theater style “Commedia dell Arte“. From photographing Carlo Mazzone-Clementi in 1982, ‘The Metaphysical Mask Improv’ workshop taught by Mask Arts Company in 2011,  interviewing Christopher Bayes in 2013 and then Carlos Garcia Estevez in 2016. Many people embrace this ancient theater art form. Here is an interview with teacher/performer Matthew Gregory and Silvia Morigi.  Together they talk about “The Department of Fools” theater ensemble and their upcoming show ‘A History of Servitude‘. It will be presented at ‘Peoples Improv Theater’ beginning Feb.3th thru March 3rd. 

For tickets and more information CLICK HERE!

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