history and missionTongue in Cheek Theater Productions (TIC) is an Off-Off Broadway theater company dedicated to producing thought-provoking comedies.
Since its founding in 2006, TIC has produced 28 productions in New York City, showcasing a range of new and established works, on topics as diverse as combatting adversity and homophobia, dealing with mental illness and family dysfunction, and looking for love and understanding.
TIC's season is typically comprised of four productions: two full-length plays with multi-week runs and two Plus 1 Solo Show Festivals showcasing new one-person pieces.
TIC is fortunate to have developed a loyal following, selling out nearly all of its productions and garnering strong reviews.
Recent highlights include:
TIC's 2010 production of the Tony and Pulitzer award-winning play Proof by David Auburn, about which NYTheatre.com raved, “This production is first rate. Auburn’s story is given vivid life by a quartet of talented actors ... exceptional.” The production was nominated for a 2010 New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Sound Design.
Later that same year, TIC gave the New York premiere of William Missouri Downs’s Dead White Males, which TheaterOnline called “sterling...a trenchant critique of America’s education system in crisis...fascinating...The ensemble is first-rate.” One year later, in 2011, Downs entrusted TIC to produce the New York premiere of his new comedy, Books on Tape in The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC). New York Theatre Review added TIC's production to its list of FringeNYC Recommendations, calling it "a charmingly heady comedy."
In 2012, TIC produced the ensemble piece Humans Anonymous by Kate Hewlett and revived Our Town by Thornton Wilder, which featured a cast of 17 and original music and arrangements by composer Philip Rothman. About TIC's production of Our Town, NYTheatre.com hailed “A universally excellent cast led by director Jake Lipman (who also plays The Stage Manager) ... the production is blessed with a sensational performance from Shelley Little ... a careful attention to detail, and a commitment to honest storytelling.”
2013 saw TIC's revival of The Mistakes Madeline Made by Elizabeth Meriwether, which BlogCritics.org called the “best comedy I’ve seen on stage so far this year,” followed by How I Learned to Drive, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paula Vogel. Theatre Is Easy lauded the cast as “immensely engaging and likable” with “emotionally charged performances.”
For 2014, TIC expanded its mission to foster the development of new work, presenting its first ever company-devised premiere in May with Buffalo Heights, a collaboration between playwright Adam Harrell and talented TIC ensemble actors. StageBuddy.com cheered, "Entertaining throughout... brought the house down laughing... a sign of nice things to come [for TIC]." The production was the recipient of a 2014 Puffin Foundation Grant for new works exploring the American experience. In the fall of 2014, TIC will produce an updated production of Whale Song or: Learning to Live with Mobyphobia by Claire Kiechel.
2015 promises to be TIC's most ambitious yet, adapting the popular novel The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman into a full-length play with music, featuring a large cast and its longest run yet, 12 performances in October 2015. The piece explores the differences between two families, one Jewish, the other Christian, and how each family defines its cultural identity through religious customs, food and music.