Explorer’s Club

Explorer's Club

2 p.m.

January

22, 29

February

5

7 p.m. 

January

20, 21, 26, 27, 28 

February

2, 3, 4

London, 1879. The prestigious and rather stuffy Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman (oh my God!), and additionally their bartender is terrible and now missing!

 

True, the female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City with its lost tribe of blue people, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink?

 

Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, developmentally challenged guinea pigs, murderous irate Irishmen (the lost tribe of Israel?) an airship, spilled drinks, overgrown shrubbery, and worse; insults to the queen and then it all gets out of hand!! Did we mention a woman might be joining the club?

A Farce Comedy By Nell Benjamin

Where Victorian men of science ponder the mysteries of nature while genteelly getting blotto...But the most impressive act of mixology belongs to playwright Nell Benjamin, whose comedy recipe goes a little like this: two parts Blackadder, one part Monty Python, a dash of Shaw, shake wildly and garnish with fresh feminist ire.

—Time Out NY.

 You don't have to be British to lose your composure and howl with laughter at THE EXPLORERS CLUB a witty spoof of all those bold Victorian adventurers who ravaged foreign lands and annihilated indigenous cultures in the name of science.

—Variety

The jokes come barreling fast and furious…but, like most farces, the effect is cumulative. By the time all the various comic strands start weaving together in the second act, the silliness has gotten contagious.

—Entertainment Weekly.

In her hijinks-happy cocktail THE EXPLORERS CLUB, Nell Benjamin follows this recipe: To a starchy bunch of science geeks bemoaning the worst barkeep in London, add a plucky adventurer and her discovery, a trouble-making tribesman. Then shake, stir, serve in an eye-catching vessel, and brace for laughter.

—NY Daily News.