Journey deep into the Amazon rainforest in Complicite theater company's solo storytelling performance featuring innovative aural technology. Conceived, directed, and performed by Tony nominee Simon McBurney. More…
'The Encounter' comes to Broadway this fall after acclaimed runs in London, Edinburgh, and beyond. McBurney draws from 'Amazon Beaming,' a book by Petru Popescu about 'National Geographic' writer and photographer Loren McIntyre’s experience with tribes along the Amazon River. Inspired by these real events, 'The Encounter' follows the photographer as he finds himself lost in a remote area of Brazil. All audience members wear headphones during this unique and intimate theatrical experience.
See it if you enjoy listening to podcasts, audiobooks, The Moth Radio Hour & old-time radio dramas; you want to witness effective storytelling.
Don't see it if you have any audiobooks to catch up on & subscribe to enough story-driven podcasts. Don't accept the hype: This is an overpriced radio drama
See it if you want a unique theatrical experience. Microphones, water bottles & an amazing performer create a perilous trip through the amazon jungle
Don't see it if you lack imagination. The events occur in your mind while you watch Simon McBurney creating the soundscape on a bare stage.
See it if you are looking for a new theater experience which is fascinating and well produced; audio as main actor; high energy human actor.
Don't see it if you are looking for a story which unfolds in a linear manner with typical dialogue. Audio overload is possible.
See it if you enjoy radio plays or want to catch up with state-of-the-art sound design or crave mystical, philosophical overtones with your theater.
Don't see it if you prefer your stories told in a linear fashion without interruptions from various commentators as well as the playwright's young daughter.
See it if the use of cutting edge audio technology will be enough to keep you engaged for more than 1/2 hour. You need a long afternoon nap.
Don't see it if You can't tolerate very loud noises piped into your ears; you like a show with both visual and audio stimulation.
See it if You are open to a new theatrical experience, are intrigued by the art of storytelling, like to be challenged a bit. Performance mastery!
Don't see it if You cannot wear headphones, don't like solo shows, want big production, are not prepared for some visceral reactions, want linear story.
See it if you are passionate about the environment, you love suspense and are an adventurer at heart. This was an incredible experience.
Don't see it if you have a problem sitting for 2 hours straight or you're squeamish about blood.
See it if you're into sound design and effects. The storytelling is interesting but it's not a play.
Don't see it if you want conventional theater. I saw McBurney's alternate, Richard Katz who was fine.
See it if you like high tech productions. McBurney is excellent. Play is too long and doesn't go anywhere. I kept waiting for a payoff that never came
Don't see it if you prefer straight forward narrative.Fascinating in terms of sound/light design. I just didn't "feel" anything. Impressive, not moving
See it if you like unusual experiences and enjoy story telling, particularly immersive through sound. Reminiscent of "My Dinner with Andre".
Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays and would not enjoy a somewhat fantastical story told in a variety of voices.
See it if you are ready for an immersive storytelling experience. I was uncomfortable & challenged - an experience I won't soon forget
Don't see it if You want a big cast & visuals; you create the visual experience in your imagination; or if you are looking to be passively entertained
See it if You want to see a daring, technically amazing production. The immersive sound design propels the action. Richard Katz (alternate) was great.
Don't see it if You are not open to something different. At times, slow moving,
See it if want a fascinating experience in sound technology. An incredibly exhausting performance by Simon McBurney.
Don't see it if you are looking for a play, drama, etc. The is experimental theater. Too long, though.
See it if you'd enjoy a gimmick that's interesting for 15 minutes being dragged out for 2 hours. The execution was interesting but the tale too bland.
Don't see it if you don't want to experience the slowest two hours of your life.
See it if You like strange, different, odd, one of a kind, one man shows. Recreation of true experience of photographer lost in South American jungle.
Don't see it if You want scenery or a clear story. This is like a radio play with sound effects. Not much too look at except a nutty guy and water bottles.
See it if The story is not the point... the special effects are, but once the novelty wore off it became tedious. Audience wears special headphones.
Don't see it if You want a cohesive plot - it's disjointed, confusing, repetitive and frankly I couldn't wait for it to end. Like being inside an acid trip.
See it if You want to pay Broadway prices to hear a self absorbed radio play that you could have used your iPhone with a headset to listen to.
Don't see it if don't like one man shows, experimental theatre, or an annoying use of repeat and echo effects. It's a unique experience, but sadly lacking.
See it if you love to think, are a protector or lover of Nature, or willing to listen to Simon McBurney surprise, instruct, and delight for two hours.
Don't see it if you dislike experimental theatre. This story-telling/foley artist is a one-man-show experience, informative about the Brazilian rainforest.
See it if special effects is the reason you go to the theater; you don't mind a boring plot as long as lights flash and there are sound effects.
Don't see it if you want an interesting plot along with splashy effect.
See it if you love science and something different.
Don't see it if You dislike something that is repetitive and annoying. You dislike one person shows. You enjoy people's stories.
See it if You want to see something extremely original and compelling. Takes you into a different landscape of your mind.
Don't see it if You don't like immersive theatre experiences.
See it if You enjoy immersive theater. This was well done, and between the sound effects and vivid descriptions, you almost feel that you are there
Don't see it if Wearing headphones for 2 hours would bother you. I started to feel uncomfortable in the last 20 minutes. Be prepared to LISTEN.
See it if You don't mind using your imagination to fill in most of the visuals. Also see it if you are a Simon McBurney fan.
Don't see it if You're a visual person rather than an aural person.
See it if you are interested in new types of theatre experiences, or if you like to hear about unusual interactions with different cultures.
Don't see it if you only like linear plot lines or traditional theatre with full sets and multiple actors. You have to be willing to wear headphones, also.