A Hunger Artist
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A Hunger Artist
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A Hunger Artist NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(26 Ratings)
Positive
92%
Mixed
4%
Negative
4%
Members say
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious

About the Show

The Tank and Sinking Ship present this new solo adaptation of Franz Kafka's tragicomic tale about the only person who remembers a very peculiar artist.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (26)

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65 Reviews | 11 Followers
98
Clever, Disturbing, Exquisite, Delightful, Dizzying

See it if you love highly-theatrical, hilarious, unexpected shows that take you by surprise and hold your attention. Truly magical, terrifying.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to or triggered by ideas or plays containing themes of starvation or depictions of extreme thinness.

443 Reviews | 145 Followers
95
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great design

See it if you search out the best-of-fringe fare; you like really well-conceived, well-produced solo gems, Kafka, or enjoyed Gelb’s The Black Crook

Don't see it if you avoid one-man shows and irony Read more

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96 Reviews | 36 Followers
95
Clever, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if amazing visuals achieved by remarkably modest setup. Exquisite and varied acting that never feels like a typical solo show. Quite charming!

Don't see it if There is some audience participation that worked out fairly well when I attended but YMMV.

758 Reviews | 242 Followers
93
Resonant, Great acting, Creative, Profound, Edgy

See it if Intense solo performance that goes in deep, unexpected directions. Entertaining veneer falls, and reveals truths about what keeps us alive.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a visceral show about a man with an eating disorder in 1900. But it is about a lot more. Some audience participation.

386 Reviews | 56 Followers
88
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you want to see an absolutely amazing, masterful performance and amazing inventiveness. Really wonderful stuff, if a little long.

Don't see it if You want a linear plot line or don't like puppetry and one-person shows. But even if you don't think it is your kind of show, give it a try.

754 Reviews | 127 Followers
88
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if creative solo performance excites you. Best solo piece I have seen! Uses a variety of techniques and creates convincing alternate characters

Don't see it if you are disturbed by issues related to starvation and obsessive disorders.

254 Reviews | 138 Followers
88
Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if Highly evocative of 1930's German expressionist cinema.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward anything

118 Reviews | 29 Followers
85
Clever, Quirky, Experimental, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love Kafka, surreal stories, and interesting meditations on the nature of art.

Don't see it if you don't like serious shows that challenge you. Read more

Critic Reviews (13)

New York Theater
January 10th, 2020

"Has transformed Kafka's disturbing story into a showcase for all manner of visually stunning, old-fashioned theatrics….seems content to focus on creating the bleak, creepy atmosphere without offering a clear point of view as to what Kafka was trying to say."
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The New York Times
June 9th, 2017
For a previous production

“Mr. Levin is an easy raconteur, and he holds the audience in the palm of his hand in this early section of the play. But then comes an audience-participation scene, and the spell shatters…This is a 'Hunger Artist' of deliberately shifting moods, and its early humor is largely subsumed in the darkness that follows. When lightheartedness resurfaces, it doesn’t necessarily work...The show is remarkably well designed, though."
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Time Out New York
June 7th, 2017
For a previous production

"It’s hard to come away from the story unscarred. But at the Connelly Theater, where the physical-theater company Sinking Ship is presenting a surprisingly lovable version of it, any scarring is light. Josh Luxenberg’s sweetly drawn bouffon adaptation of Kafka’s parable is full of jokes and sudden sympathy...Director Gelb and the company use 'poor theater' conventions of making much with little...and the result is homemade, tatty and warm. The artist starves, but we leave sated."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 8th, 2017
For a previous production

"So delightful and original is this trio's approach that I don't want to spoil it for you; safe to say that 'A Hunger Artist' begins as a riotous vaudeville and darkens by degrees as the title character descends into melancholy and squalor...One of the eerier offerings to be found on a New York stage right now...Levin, Luxenberg, and Gelb have plenty of stage magic at their command, seducing us with comedy before dragging us willingly into the hunger artist's seedy, isolated existence."
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TheaterScene.net
June 16th, 2017
For a previous production

"In the end all the elements—dramatically shadowy lighting by Kate McGee, eerie sound design by M. Florian Staab, witty puppets by Charlie Kanev and Sarah Nolan, illuminating props by Levin—come together in a deeply moving, even inspiring comedy/drama that shines a light not only on a sad historic institution, but on human endurance, pride and obsession."
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Theatre is Easy
June 12th, 2017
For a previous production

"Levin embodies the title character in a phenomenal performance, showing the agility of a gymnast in this physically demanding role, and capturing the psychological deterioration of the isolated outsider who takes so much pride in being misunderstood that he becomes something of a nightmare...There isn't a dull moment with the constantly shifting motifs, and the dazzling transformation Levin undergoes."
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Front Mezz Junkies
June 9th, 2017
For a previous production

“A compelling and hilarious piece of multi-discipline storytelling...It utilizes puppets, toy theatre, shadow play, and audience participation, all with an overwhelming sense of inventiveness and surprise…The creators were obviously captivated by the spectacle of 'A Hunger Artist,' and thankfully, through numerous theatrically exciting ways, they ushered us into that dark carnival world magically, and it won’t easily be forgotten again.”
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Exeunt Magazine
June 7th, 2017
For a previous production

"Adapted by Luxenberg and performed by Levin, their 'Hunger Artist' brings both a mischievous sense of humor and an appropriate corporal versatility to this solo show about a most extreme case of extreme performance...Levin proves an irresistible master of ceremonies...His Hunger Artist is sinewy and athletic with an animal-like grace. We are captivated by his power...Luxenberg and Levin's ironic gaze seems to fall on the fleeting rewards of self-performance for a distracted public."
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