(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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Member Reviews (49)

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754 Reviews | 124 Followers
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.

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
71
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

381 Reviews | 80 Followers
73
Quirky, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if If you have an interest in Jazz and enjoy a good combo playing live music . The story is based on an actual location mid 50’thru mid 60’s.

Don't see it if If you want an easy to follow light drama.

353 Reviews | 89 Followers
69
Too long by (appropriately) at least a fifth, Great music and combo, Intelligent, verbose, Great set, lights, sound and projections, Ambitious

See it if You’re a jazz and/or jazz history fan; into a terrific live jazz combo, great visuals and a fine cast and performances.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with a long, layered and dense two and a half hours of dissertation and music that in the end don't really go anywhere. Read more

238 Reviews | 45 Followers
75
Confusing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if if you want a well staged ecological kind of take on an interesting spot in music/photography history with some interesting moments.

Don't see it if Mind a play that can be confusing and too long. don't like jazz, as quiet a bit of it is played. Read more

193 Reviews | 31 Followers
70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if The live jazz is great (I raised my score 5 points because of it), the set is well-designed, and the story is interesting.

Don't see it if It's also confusing, all over the place, longer than needed, & left unresolved. I liked it, but it's eminently skippable unless you <3 jazz.

182 Reviews | 12 Followers
66
Great staging, Banal, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you want a interesting concept, good acting but overly long play

Don't see it if confusing, pointless play

155 Reviews | 17 Followers
85
Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in NYC history and/or jazz history. are patient and can allow an intelligent sweeping recreation to unfold. cool jazz too

Don't see it if you are not interested in the above -- and you need a polished, trimmed, theatrical endeavor. perhaps it could have been tightened.

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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