After having their opening date pushed back several days because of scattered blackouts throughout New York City, The Nellie Olesons comedy troupe will wrap up its run of You Are Now Entering Nellie Oleson, the latest evening of sketch comedy from no-hold-barred, gay troupe. The Olesons, were supposed to open on July 7, but a power brownout forced the cancellation of opening night. The show finally opened on July 9.
The Olesons did perform a scaled down version of the show during the theatre's dark night -- using a boom box and flashlights -- those performances were free of charge to loyal audience members who braved the heat. You Are Now Entering Nellie Oleson, an evening of twenty odd new sketches, runs through July 31.
The Nellie Olesons were last in New York with 1997's Pulp Nellie at La Mama.
The troupe began in 1993 as an offspring of the gay New York comedy group Planet Q. Since then they have been performing on the West Coast and New York, where a company spokesperson referred to them as, "Lewd, crude and guaranteed to offend all audience members at least once."
Comprising Nora Burns, John Cantwell, Terrence Michael and Nancy Kissam, the group are directed by David Schweizer. Among their targets this time are male breast-feeding, "Cripple Creek," a "Dawson's Creek" spoof "where half the population is crippled;" an Amish porn star; Junkie Jones the cabaret singer; and Crackwhore Jefferson, "the newest member of Congress." For tickets and information on You Are Now Entering Nellie Oleson call (212) 477-5288.
-- By Sean McGrath
and David Lefkowitz