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“Titanically bad!’ “The worst play I’ve ever seen!” “Abysmally imbecile!” Such were the reviews for Moose Murders, 1983’s legendary Broadway flop, revisited in today’s Times by Campbell Robertson in a piece about the show’s afterlife as performance art in
Today’s piece made us wonder: If Frank Rich was this mean, what on earth did New York’s John Simon think of the play? So we dug up his review to find out.
It’s a keeper, all right; our favorite part might be where he openly mocked the Texas rubes he’d heard funded the show, and vividly described the “enormous, pear-shaped individual” who stumbled into the preview late and covered in vomit. “Moose Murders,” Simon wrote, “is the only stage play I ever saw presented in stereo-odoriferous Smellovision.”
But what’s that we smell? We hope it’s … a revival! Surely we’ll be seeing this new, ironic production of Moose Murders at the Fringe next summer, right? We can only hope so.
John Simon’s original review of Moose Murders [NYM, March 7, 1983]
A Broadway Flop Again Raises Its Antlers [NYT]
’Moose Murders,’ a Brand of Whodunit [NYT]
On the Particular Pleasure of Seeing a Legendary Flop [NYT]
*Note! Someone affiliated with this show called us to tell us that the after-party was in a bowling alley. The show itself took place at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center.Bring Back ‘Moose Murders’!