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"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
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
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
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
See it if you like the guitar, different musical styles, or are just up for some good laughs.
Don't see it if you want a single storyline throughout. Want a pure music-only show (this is a theater piece w/music as an integral part).
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
See it if you like diff musical styles (if you don't, 6G will change that) Strong writing, singing, acting. 6G grows on you; you won't want it to end.
Don't see it if you hate audience participation, which was meh. Chase is so talented, he almost pulls it off. Why not just cut it & stick to great material?
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
See it if Your hearing is impaired, the cacophony is remarkable.Perhaps if you really appreciate audience participation for the humor portion.
Don't see it if You enjoy good music of any sort. This has been wildly over rated! More suited for a high school talent show partly due to venue's acoustics
See it if you enjoy Fringe type shows; you enjoy music of all types, presented by an gifted musician who drifts seamlessly from style to style
Don't see it if Fringe is not your thing; you dislike guitar music in general and only like classical orchestras.
See it if you want a quick overview of different music styles. You like small-scale shows, more suitable for a small local bar than a theatre.
Don't see it if you expect to see a good instrumentalist - not the case here. The acting is also amateurish, but the performer tries hard and means well.
See it if Like one man shows alternating between music styles and personas- enjoy guitar playing and storytelling within different characters
Don't see it if Want a straight forward narrative- don't like audience interaction, want a clear plot or want to see a big show or something edgy
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.
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.
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.)