Troupe of show-vinist pigs
SQUEALER Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.; 866-811-4111. Through Saturday.
It was bound to happen. In shows like "The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side" and "Happy in the Poorhouse," the Amoralists delivered a high-octane, cartoonishly manic twist on 1970s Hollywood grit and early Sam Shepard. Now the Lesser America company emulates the older troupe with its debut show, "Squealer" — a kinship underlined by the presence in the cast of Amoralist stalwarts Sarah Lemp and Nick Lawson.
But effective provocation is a lot harder to pull off than it looks, and there isn’t much thought or emotion beneath the violence of Jonathan Blitstein‘s new play.