Top Gun + Shakespeare? Thou speak’st aright. New York based ensemble The Outfit has re-imagined the classic 80s flick in a theatrical parody packed with swordfights, songs, and text from every play in Shakespeare’s canon. In this adrenaline-fueled mashup, we’re going straight to the danger zone.

“This critically acclaimed exercise in action-packed parody has a simple, happy formula: the classic ’80s flick Top Gun as it might have been interpreted by William Shakespeare.” 

– Megan Angelo, The New York Times

“This show begins with a delightful concept…and then executes it with the joyful craft only a sharp, tight theatrical ensemble can create. Everyone in the cast is terrific.” 

– Hy Bender, Best New York Comedy

“ …a production of borderline genius…”  

– Allison Krumm,

“…the gimmick that keeps on giving…”  

– Wendy Rosenfield, Philadelphia Inquirer

“If you’re a Top Gun fan, go see this show…a unique blend of old-school and uber-physical freshness…” 

– Carolyn Huckabay, Philadelphia City Paper

 Jester’s Dead at The People’s Improv Theatre 2013

“If you screw up just this much, you’ll be flying a cargo plane full of rough-hewn dewberries out of Hong Kong!” “I pray you, take me up, and bear me hence to bed, or woe betide thee evermore!” “Read your books and lay down your toys. No, no, no, no, there’s two O’s in Goose, boys.” “You do unbend your noble strength, to think. Slider, thou odoriferous stench! You stink!” “He’s still back there! Come on, Mav, do some of that unmuzzled earth-vexing.” “I can’t reach the ejection handle! Eject! Eject! My kingdom to eject!” “Sorry to hear about Cougar. He and I were like twinned lambs that did frisk in the sun and bleat the one at the other in flight school.”

 Jester’s Dead at The Latvian Society, Philly Fringe 2010

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