"The kind of domestic comedy that might have been written by Neil Simon if he were gay and forty years younger." - The New York Times
"A little gem." - Liz Smith
"Thoughtfully written and extremely funny. A worthwhile night in the theatre at its witty best." - Westchester County Weekly
"Guaranteed to keep the laughter in overdrive!" - New York Daily News
"Sparkles! The first fresh comedy of its type to come along in years. It is not going too far to draw parallels between Neil Simon or Kaufman & Hart at the top of their powers [...] A rollicking farce with a heart of pure gold." - LGNY Newspaper
"In its climactic confrontation scenes, the intensity hits Eugene O'Neill - Edward Albee levels. Thomas has written a forceful drama with insight and passion." - NYtheatre.com
"A perfectly tuned living room romp." - Staten Island Advance
"If it's belly laughs you yearn for, look no further. A whirlwind of unpredictable events worth twice the price of admission. Don't miss it." - Broadwaybeat.com
"Until the very last scene, there is hardly a moment for the audience to catch its breath. For those of you who like to go to the theatre for a little nap, this show is not for you. A very entertaining evening." - Talkinbroadway.com
"The best Off-Broadway play of the season." - P.M. Magazine
"Big, colorful, and more fun than a cargo hold full of flying monkeys!" - HX Magazine
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: An absolute dive of an apartment, somewhere on Staten Island, New York.
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
TERRY - Late 20's - Early 30's. - A manic ball of energy with a scathing sense of humor. Absolutely neurotic, with a tendency to hit the bottle.
BUCK - Late 20's - Early 30's - Extreme GQ good looks, and just as charming. Lovesick, and somewhat obsessive.
ALEX -Late 20's - Early 30's - Constantly on the verge of a nervous breakdown, his questionable choices get him into trouble.
ROGER - Early 30's -Mid 40's - A big tank of a blue collar man; sexy and dangerous.
MATT - Late 20's - Early 30's - Boyishly good-looking; somewhat naive and innocent.
- All Male
- Ensemble cast
The Crumple Zone opened Off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Theatre on June 28, 2000, produced by Marcus Kettles Productions.