A steampunk collaboration of prohibitionistic proportions, Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen sneak you into their world of slapstick, stand-up, and vaudeville. Follow Jersey's finest speakeasy entrepreneur/bootlegging hoodlum Bathtub Jen and her curmudgeonly Russian ex-con husband Ivan as they embark on poorly judged money-making schemes, kvetch about erotic sessions gone awry, and stay one step ahead of bumbling Police Commissioner Kelly. They back up their escapades with a mix of instrumentation including accordion, ukulele, upright bass, clarinet, spoons, trombone, and trumpet. Co-conspirators make guest appearances.
"It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then, I’ll watch a contemporary act and get a little flash of revelation about what the experience of the original vaudeville must have been like. There is a nice, expert balance between well crafted material (some REALLY smart writing, BTW), well rehearsed musical turns, and physical comedy….with improv, loose, living in the moment which keeps the thing alive and keeps us all on our toes."
-Trav S.D., author of "No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous"
"Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen is a riot of laughter; wild, zany, and delightfully hysterical."
"This trio-cum-love triangle do it all. Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen is a love letter to theatrical invention, music, and even the films of Quentin Tarantino. The ensemble of Harder, Heroy, and Layton are entertainers of the first order and are not to be missed."
"From the other side of the tracks, this is of course is a very odd threesome and they all play music, sing and do an intriguing variety act. Yes, it gets raunchy and beautifully ugly." -Mask Arts Company Blog
Behold, their first Music Video!
Latest recordings on Soundcloud:
"Ain't We Got Fun"
April 6th & 20th: Vaudeville co-production with The Tank, 9:30pm
Thursday, March 14th, 2013, 10pm
with Shayfer James, Dandy Darkly, and Renaldo The Ensemble
Full-length Theatrical Spectacle in FRIGID Festival - Click HERE for tickets
at UNDER St. Marks, 94 St. Mark's Place, NY
Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 2013, 10:15pm
Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 2013, 3:40pm
Monday, Feb. 25th, 2013, 8:40pm
Thursday, Feb. 28th, 2013, 5:30pm
Sunday, March 3rd, 2013, 5:15pm
Circus Variety Show (HOSTING)
Thursday, Jan. 31st, 2013, 9pm
at The Muse, 32 South 1st St., Brooklyn
Jennifer Harder (Bathtub Jen) BFA, Drama from NYU Tisch; founding member of theater company The Management; has
toured to the Capital, Dublin, and Montréal Fringe Festivals and the Ibero-American Festival in Bogotá, Colombia; NYIT
Award winner for Outstanding Featured Actress, musician with Hungry March Band, and she bakes a mean vegan cookie.
Charley Layton (Ivan) plays over 13 instruments, though not simultaneously, all self-taught. He holds a BFA in Drama from
NYU and teaches speech/dialects both at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and Playwrights Horizons Theatre
School. He has acted in and directed shows throughout NYC and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also teaches music to kids
through the Funkytown Playground.
Glen Heroy (Police Commissioner Kelly) Hospital clown, Documentary subject (PBS' Circus), Dead Guy on Law & Order, Spoon Player,
Singer, Santa Claus, Monologist, Elton John Impersonator, Cornelius Aldo in The Maestrosities, Mentor, Educator, Name
Dropper, Iconoclast, Nihilist, Friend. Glen looks younger than he actually is because he moisturizes. Member of AEA.