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887 NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(18 Reviews)
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Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Enchanting, Thought-provoking

About the Show

BAM presents Ex Machina's high-tech solo show created by and starring renowned director Robert Lepage about his childhood at 887 Murray Avenue, Quebec City, Canada.

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Entertaining, Great staging, Edgy, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You know who Robert Lepage is and enjoy his avant-garde works. He uses his skills to tell the story of his childhood in Quebec.

Don't see it if You do not like solo performances. This is not in the form of a dramatic play with many characters. You dislike a few foreign words. Read more

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Fascinating inquiry into memory and theater. intelligent. great set

See it if Lepage, the accomplished and sometimes controversial director, explores how memory works. Focuses on his childhood and Quebec separatism

Don't see it if Lucky to sit in the front and able to see every nook and cranny of the amazing set. Seven stagehands to operate. Lepage gives it his all Read more

Critic Reviews (13)

March 17th, 2017

“A shabby apartment building becomes a cabinet of wonders in Ex Machina’s glittering ‘887’…The show’s beginning is seductive, brazen…The play has its excessively tangential moments and some indulgent ones, too…Its best moments share a childlike simplicity…There are many technological marvels but they’re humanely scaled and rarely deployed for their own sake. Raw emotional force builds from the accretion of slight moments of remembrance and discovery.”
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March 17th, 2017

“In the heart-stoppingly gorgeous ‘887,’ the auteur is deft and perfect again, meshing reminiscence and images together with a watchmaker's care…The gentle memory show combusts into a political cri de coeur. Details from earlier in the play explode like timed charges…You leave, at least partially knowing how he felt. A day later, I can still feel the show smoldering its way through my synapses—searing its way into being unforgettable.”
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March 22nd, 2017

“An intensely personal revisiting of his childhood in Quebec...If '887’ is essentially the story of a memory exercise, it is all the more authentic as the presentation of life as it is lived, without much time to connect the dots. What makes the show memorable is its artistry. ‘887’ is theater on a grand scale...It is storytelling as great performance, with Lepage moving seamlessly through childhood and adulthood...Proof again of Lepage’s unparalleled powers of observation and creative genius."
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August 14th, 2015
For a previous production

"There’s a theme bubbling beneath the surface about class and opportunity, and the suggestion that the great movements of history were determined by injustice and inequality. Lepage continues to develop his work beyond opening night and he may yet find more mileage in the story of his grandmother, whose memory loss chimes with the themes of '887' but doesn’t fully connect. That, though, is a minor niggle in a work that delights, mesmerizes and provokes."
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August 14th, 2015
For a previous production

"'887' glides smoothly through time and place, artfully constructing a cloud of associations as it goes...Lepage never ties everything together, preferring that cloud to anything more concrete...Even if you don't come away with fresh understanding of history and memory, it's a beguiling show, full of ultra-pleasing theatricality...Only afterwards do you realise how little it leaves behind, as ephemeral as a memory. But then, maybe, that's the point."
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August 14th, 2015
For a previous production

"Lepage proves he needs to consistently push the boundaries and nowhere is that more evident than in his technical wizardry...Lepage is an artist who is constantly striving for intellectual inquiry and he adds new layers to the piece by questioning the act of remembering itself...The foundations of the show, then, are simple, personal; the ramifications complex, far-reaching. The tone is wistful but not without insouciant wit and self-irony."
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August 17th, 2015
For a previous production

"A deeply autobiographical examination of memory and belonging...Lepage’s father — a taxi driver working all hours to provide for his wife, four children and an aging mother — is the hero of the piece, while Lepage accounts himself honestly as sometimes brittle and egotistical, with several jokes at his own expense. There are slightly awkward 'conversations' with invisible characters on stage, but two hours, with no interval, of often ingenious storytelling never pales."
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August 23rd, 2015
For a previous production

"How to remember? He tries an ancient method – the memory palace: think of a place you know well, assign to areas within it those things you want to recall. This subtly develops into an exploration of what makes a life worthwhile, a society worth living in...Lepage dazzlingly creates shifting perspectives to conjure his unique private-public memoryscape...This unostentatious, meticulously crafted two-hour performance is touching, intimate, powerful."
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April 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"Robert Lepage’s extraordinary solo play '887' prompts such tantalizing, ultimately unanswerable questions. Autobiographically rooted, it peers into Lepage’s past. It explores what it means to be Québécois. It ponders the significance of theatre. It blends digital technology with children’s toys with some very funny lines. And all the while, '887' is as welcoming and resonant as Lepage’s voice itself."
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August 17th, 2015
For a previous production

"Memory is not a smooth silk but a loose and lumpy fabric of threads drawn from the past. And this show does not keep a smooth or logical order; rather it is composed of small moments from childhood — precise, poignant, surreal — cut with the collective memory of a people trying to define itself...'887' is rich, baggy and overlong...This one, full of strange and fascinating insights, is a bit like listening to someone describe their dream. You feel it would benefit from an outside editor."
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August 17th, 2015
For a previous production

"'887' feels like classic, technology-heavy Lepage, but he brings his theatrical flamboyance to bear on himself in a cool, considered solo performance...in what ends up as a moving meditation on memory, history, language and family...It’s a playful, lyrical piece, sometimes unsettlingly honest, sometimes broader and more philosophical, even political...His technology binds everything together seamlessly, and indeed often brings a sense of magic to something quite mundane."
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July 22nd, 2015
For a previous production

"Lepage draws on electronics to enhance rather than dominate his powerful approach to storytelling...And while the show explores the political, historical, and cultural ramifications of this centuries-old racism, '887' does not pander to victim mentality polemics...There are several stretches of tedium during the play’s two hours. The script could benefit greatly from trimming...That said, there are scenes that provide moments of Lepage’s distinctive radiance."
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February 13th, 2016
For a previous production

"'887' is a rare experience, a play about memory that those lucky enough to see it will never forget...It’s impossible to overstate how dazzling and delightful these effects are. But the details in Lepage’s down-to-earth storytelling work their own simple magic...'887’s' two hours are packed with indelible images and thought-provoking reflections on the nature of family, identity, and culture. These memories started as Lepage’s, but now they’re ours, too, and I’m deeply, deeply grateful."
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