‘The Artificial Jungle,’ in the Ridiculous Spirit of Charles Ludlam

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Anthony Michael Lopez and Alyssa H. Chase in “The Artificial Jungle.”

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Charles Ludlam, who founded the Ridiculous Theatrical Company (more absurd than absurdist theater), died too young in 1987, but his influence lives on in performers like Charles Busch and Penny Arcade — and, of course, Everett Quinton.

Thankfully, Mr. Quinton, an actor and director who had been Ludlam’s partner (and co-star in the original production of “The Mystery of Irma Vep”), has remounted a number of Ludlam’s wild works over the years. His current production of “The Artificial Jungle,” about a pet-store owner and the bored wife who plots his murder with the help of a sexy drifter, is the centerpiece of a 50th-anniversary celebration of Ridiculous, presented by Theater Breaking Through Barriers. The celebration also includes staged readings of other Ridiculous plays. (Through June 25, Clurman Theater at Theater Row; tbtb.org.)

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