(A)loft Modulation
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(A)loft Modulation
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(A)loft Modulation NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(49 Reviews)
Positive
61%
Mixed
31%
Negative
8%
Members say
Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Slow

About the Show

Inspired by true events at 821 6th Ave between 1957 – 1965, this world premiere play with jazz traces the turbulent, roiling obsessions of artists and loiterers in their pursuit of purpose.

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Edgy, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Docu-drama about early '60's jazz scene scores highest w/ live jazz combo providing vibrant underscoring Sosko & Hudson - good work as leads

Don't see it if Play seems to be designed as a jazz riff - improvised, elongated, repeatedly staccato Fails as a dramatic motif causing muddled confusion

82
Complex format, Edgy, Resonant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if for the unusual simultaneous 3 part plot structure, marvelous live jazz & fascinating story of fame, obsession and failure.

Don't see it if you dislike complex experimental performance in which the sounds overlap sometimes causing important words to be lost.

Critic Reviews (5)

Theatermania
October 3rd, 2019

"A Jazzy Fusion of Fact and Fiction in '(A)loft Modulation': Jaymes Jorsling's new play makes its world premiere, presented by the American Vicarious."
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BroadwayWorld
October 3rd, 2019

"New York ghosts consider the meaning of life and art in the jazz-fueled '(A)LOFT MODULATION' at A.R.T./NY Theatres"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 4th, 2019

"…underneath the tumult -- the jazz riffs, verbal smackdowns, steamy sex, drug taking, blaring radios, scrolling images of contact sheets, and much more -- it's hard to detect much of a dramatic beat. Or maybe there's too much of one: '(A)loft Modulation' teems with so many plot lines that they crowd each other out."
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New York Stage Review
October 4th, 2019

2/5 Stars "'Obsessive Behavior and All That Jazz': A bluesy atmosphere and musical performances enhance an awfully talky new drama"
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 3rd, 2019

"The wonder is that, under…McElroen's sharp direction, the actors invest their artificial lines with a sense of truth. Otherwise, the only thing to trust in this bleary exercise, as my jazz aficionado plus-one assured me, is the superior quality of the original jazz (by Gerald Clayton) we hear."
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