Comedy Show MANHATTAN MYTHS arrives in the pit
Those interested in mythology can find statues and paintings of mythological creatures in Manhattan’s museums. The Greek and Roman gods, however, have now spawned a new comedy show at PIT that finds humor in myths out of place in Manhattan.
As part of its summer lineup, the PIT at 154 W 29th St presents an original and hilarious new comedy show called “Manhattan Myths” from July 22 through August 7. “Myths” is an entertaining and thought-provoking production featuring a stellar cast of nine performers in a series of short films, based on myths set in Manhattan, with a comedic twist. Tickets are $17 online.
A 1980 movie was memorably titled “The Gods Must Be Mad,” but in this show, we find out they can be funny, too, in the right hands.
This production, featuring performers who have worked at venues such as the PIT and Second City, features comedy sketches/scenes around the theme of “myths with a twist” set in Manhattan. The show is directed by Christopher James and written by Claude Solnik.
The all-star cast includes Atticus Cain, Tanya Chattman, Isaiah Rothstein, Chaz McCormack, Dana Segal, Ryan Tramont, Emily Vaeth, Haley Walter and Nick Zelletz. Lighting is designed by Cat J. Cusick.
“If there’s anything the world needs more than ever right now, it’s connection and laughter,” said ‘Manhattan Myths’ director Christopher James. “We want to bring fun and delight, intrigue and wonder and deliver that same connection and emotion, that journey and joy, to the audience. The show is meant as a break and respite from the disconnection that we see right outside our doors and the world around us. So, very simply, let’s make art and have fun.”
In a series of wacky and surreal situations, James and actress Emily Vaeth, who is also co-assistant director, work with talented actors and lighting designer Cat. J. Cusick who brings his own artistry to the show.
The production is meant to mine old-fashioned mythos to find ways to put New Yorkers in extraordinary circumstances as we watch waiters exact revenge, imaginations run wild and dance teachers leap from the screen. and in the living room.
Add to that a pilot who seems to engage in time travel as well as geographic travel, and you have a comical universe out of different kinds of mythology and magic.
“Once you talk about mythology, just about anything can happen. Not that it doesn’t, anyway,” Solnik said. “Mythos gives us a lot of great characters and situations. When you start putting those characters into parties and Manhattan in general, you can find some silly situations and funny circumstances.”
In Manhattan Myths, we meet a genius who is fed up with all the expectations of people who believe he has to follow rules designed by Disney. Tired of holding the world back, Atlas interviews people for the job. And then there is someone who receives for his birthday a box with very mythical content. Cupid has one too many at a cocktail party.
“Greek and Roman mythology have always fascinated me and we have selected and designed each weekend to include different rooms and scenes,” James said. “We are offering discounted prices if you wish to attend more than one weekend and continue the connection and adventures we are creating,”
James added that “‘Manhattan Myths’ combines a decades-long love for these stories, sets them in contemporary, New York scenarios that we’ve all lived and experienced, and couldn’t be more desired and on point.”
However, he had another piece of advice for the participants of this show which mixes myth, magic and Manhattan.
“Let the hilarity and shenanigans ensue,” James said. “Oh, but beware of the sirens, from the entrance.”
THE PIT LOFT Theater, 154 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001, between 6th and 7th Streets. Shows are on Fridays. July 22 at 6:30 p.m.; Sat. July 23 at 7 p.m. Sun. July 24 at 7 p.m.; Fri. July 29, 6.30 p.m., Sat. July 30 at 3 p.m. and Sun. July 31 at 7 p.m.; Fri. August 5 at 6.30 p.m., Sat. August 6 at 3 p.m. and Sun. August 7 at 7 p.m. https://thepit-nyc.com, https://thepit-nyc.com/events/manhattan-myths 212-244-1722.