A comedic saunter down the murky iambic back alleys of England’s preeminent poet of the perverse; Opens November 9 at The Tank, NYC

Conceived, Written and Performed by Gordon Boudreau
Directed by David Rosenberg

November 9, 2022 – February 9, 2023
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.
(no performances on Nov. 23 & 24 or Dec. 21, 22, 28, and 29) 

The Tank NYC
312 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10036

Tickets are $25. Visit: TheTankNYC
 Runtime: 75 minutes with no intermission
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Gordon Boudreau as Arthur Greenleaf Holmes, Photo Credit Paul Siebold
An evening of irreverent sophistication featuring the wickedly sly verse of England’s famously unconstrained poet.

England’s preeminent 16th Century poet of the perverse fuses irresponsible humor with a deep love of language, poetry, and the humanities for an evening of convulsive laughter and surprising insight. Blending the profane with the elegant and the subversive with the illuminating, the wholly-original libertine Arthur Greenleaf Holmes takes the stage to bring us such hits as the insightful “Ode to an Extremely Provocative Knothole,” the prepubescent lament “Mother, Will My Stones Drop?,” and his crowning achievement “I Built My Love a Menstrual Hut.” Forced to find its way out of a dark and dusty corner of the Smithsonian amidst a landscape of uninspired current pop events, news-feed minutiae, and a non-nutritional diet of cat videos, The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes fuses melodic language with an utter disregard for decent society to delight the well-read and casual Philistine. From college professors to the noble laborer, the NPR set to the barroom biker crowd—this is an evening tailor-made for the pervert of distinction.

“To see all kinds of people from every corner of society go from laughing hysterically to being drawn in by something truly poetic and thoughtful, and then calling out for more poetry—I’ve never seen anything like it,” said David Rosenberg. “What Gordy is doing is so remarkable. The marriage of outrageous comedy and sublime language makes for a truly unique comedic experience. Language matters, and we really need a show that is smart, literate, thoughtful, and completely depraved.”

With verse recited by famous comedian John Cleese and magician/performer Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller, The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes has been developed on the side streets of seedy shires across the United States.  

Content warning: This production is intended for audiences 18 years and older.

COVID-19 Statement
Please note that this performance will be presented at the Tank’s in-person performance space at 312 W 36th St. All attendees and artists will be required to display proof of full covid vaccination before being admitted to the space, either by showing a vaccination record (vaccination card) at least two weeks out from the final dose of an approved vaccine, or by using New York’s free Excelsior Pass service. Patrons will also be required to wear masks while indoors at all times and for the time being, no food or beverage will be permitted to be consumed at the theater.

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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