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6 Guitars

From 4 critic and 37 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Delightful

About the show

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: In this solo performance Chase Padgett becomes six different guitar players, each with his own distinct voice, views, and musical style. More…

During this 85-minute show, the characters—ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87-year-old blues man—share their respective musical journeys through songs and stories.

DC Metro Theater Arts

"While he astutely recognizes and captures the familiar archetypes, Padgett also makes us feel as if his characters are real people. He fully inhabits them, and we come to know them through their reminiscences and philosophical musings, through the music that defines them, and through their informal, and often hilarious, interactions with members of the audience, which culminate in original impromptu songs and heartfelt messages about the power of music to bring us together." Full Review

Orlando Sentinel

for a previous production “In Padgett's hands, a simple concept becomes a masterpiece just as much as Beethoven's ‘Ninth’…It's fascinating to watch Padgett switch from one character to another—sometimes lightning fast…It's a master class in creating sharply etched and immediately memorable characters…And, of course, there's his musicianship...Padgett displays both impressive technical and emotional chops…Experiencing this towering tour-de-force is a thrill for the heart, the funny bone—and the soul.” Full Review

Calgary Herald

for a previous production “All six of these men are as distinct as their music so when Padgett has them play a song together the effect is mesmerizing and this is where the true magic of ‘6 Guitars’ becomes evident. Padgett is showing us why music soothes the savage breast and feeds the soul and he’s doing it with a twinkle in his eye and some impressive finger work on his guitar. The word is already out about just how entertaining this little show is.” Full Review

Edmonton Journal

for a previous production “A jubilant celebration of music...Padgett convinces us that each style of music has its merits, and that different musicians share a singular passion…He embodies the different men convincingly. But it seems like he’s imitating more than he’s acting. Telling six different guitarists’ stories is an interesting idea, but not when they’re all based on the obvious stereotypes we’ve seen 100 times over...The show is slick and he elicits laughs...But it would be better if it pushed a boundary or two.” Full Review

Amazing, musical, funny

See it if You will enjoy an extraordinarily talented & funny guitarist perform character roles in jazz, folk, rock, classical, blues, & country music.

Don't see it if You are not interested in guitar music, do not like a small venue, or are looking for a glitzy performance.

Also This is really an astounding, not-to-be missed performance. It is amaz... Read more Read less

Brilliant, unique, touching, funny, a small masterpiece

See it if You love the guitar

Don't see it if Music brings you no joy

Also Chet Padgett is not only a master of the guitar, with gorgeous techniq... Read more Read less

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if you want to be blown away by split-second transitions. Truly forms six distinct musicians, each with their own genre.

Don't see it if I cannot think of a single reason.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you want to laugh, cry and enjoy a great show! I Loved it! This clever one man show was fantastic!

Don't see it if you'd rather see a dramatic play

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you have ever enjoyed more than one genre of music and compared them; want to impress your friends w/ your awesome show-selecting skills

Don't see it if you don’t like listening to people who care about their work; are unimpressed by an actor inhabiting different roles

Also Surefire crowd-pleaser. Played to a packed house. So many well done el... Read more Read less

Masterful, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Must see

See it if you want to see incredible talent. Chase Padgett has a great singing voice & is a great performer. He interacts/reads his audience cleverly.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy guitar music or don't like one person shows (but this one might change your mind)

Also WOW! Chase Padgett is amazing. His opening song touched me deeply; his... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoyed BRIDGE & FUNNEL

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows

Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if Like music with comedy especially a one man show. Its fresh and different.

Don't see it if Not a fan of a one man show. Or hate many characters or voices set to music.

Great singing, Must see, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to be entertained with laughter, good writing, acting, and singing.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a great show.

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you want to see an actor, musician, comedian, impersonator and improv all in one show by 1 person. Enjoyable show. I would recommend.

Don't see it if you don't like 1 man shows. Not interested in different music genres. Not interested in seeing a person that is very talented.

Masterful, Refreshing, Clever, Funny, Enchanting

See it if you're looking for a delightful evening of entertainment with a talented performer.

Don't see it if you're not into solo shows (although this one could change your mind) or dislike guitar music.

Exquisite, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Intelligent

See it if You like character studies. This one man does 6 roles seamlessly, shifting between characters & music styles yet keeps each interesting.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows or shows that rely on your interest being getting to know who these men are. I found it extraordinary.

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if ever liked most anything played on a guitar. If you actually played one yourself, change your plans - Tues. 10/3 is the LAST show. Be there!

Don't see it if you have zero sense of humor.... (If you feel about "becoming part of the show" the way some do about clowns, sit at least 3-4 rows back.)

Masterful, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Refreshing

See it if Multi-talented guiratust-singer-comedian plays 6 characters with different musical styles, and banters with the audience. Lots of fun.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in an eclectic combination of music. If you sit in the first couple of rows, you may get called upon.

Clever, Funny, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a fascinating switch from one character to another. Will enjoy eloquence, music, comedy, acting everything by one person.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy comedy, or listen an electric guitar. I should tell you this guy has an impressive technic.

Also He is so funny, I loved the interaction with the audience, I didn't kn... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You enjoy beautifully crafted one man shows

Don't see it if Guitar bores you

Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you appreciate music, multiple musical styles, quirky characters, and the motivation to be a musician.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-man shows or if you prefer big sets and flashy costumes. This is a little show with a huge heart.

Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful, Funny

See it if you like music, appreciate guitar, like solo shows

Don't see it if you like big splashy musicals

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Profound

See it if You want a smart, funny and compelling one-man show. It'll make you think and smile. Chase has strong command of the stage and his guitar.

Don't see it if You want a narrative story. This is a sort of character-study show with a philosophical message about the power of music.

Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great music

See it if You are fascinated by an amazing solo actor seamlessly switching into multiple different characters, or enjoy various genres of guitar music

Don't see it if You are looking for a full set, many actors, or a spectacle. But you will be mesmerized anyway.

Delightful, Entertaining, Loads of talent., Great performance

See it if You love music of all kinds, a solo performer who is crazy talented, want to laugh, be charmed and touched in fairly equal measure, GO.

Don't see it if Don't like the breaking of 4th wall (often), don't like this type show (the blurb is apt,) don't like audience participation, hate guitars.

Also My friends and I had such a lovely time at this show. Chase is a talen... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if Enjoy a performer like Sarah Jones or Anna Deveare Smith who can play different characters, and play guitar!

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation, because you might be selected

Also A little uneven, but the blues character in particular was amazing

Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great guitar playing

See it if One man brilliantly rotates among six distinct characters and musical genres. Not a real play but themes do coalesce in the end.

Don't see it if He's so good that you want to hear more than just the song snippets he does. Watch out for audience participation--don't sit too close.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if A delightful one man show of six characters each with his own style of play. Wonderful discussions of each artist and their art: guitar!

Don't see it if You don’t like hearing the guitar or one man shows. Even so, I recommend seeing this show!

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if you like guitar solo shows (6 characters in search of their favorite music ). It's unique and fun. Nice way to start or end a SoHo night.

Don't see it if you don't like electric guitar in spots where acoustic would do fine or you don't like the 4th wall broken too many times. Fun show.

Cast & Creatives (5)