A Room In India
Closed 3h 35m
A Room In India
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A Room In India NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(17 Reviews)
Positive
65%
Mixed
29%
Negative
6%
Members say
Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing, Confusing, Entertaining

About the Show

This new work from Théâtre du Soleil follows the adventures of a touring French theater company stranded in India without a director while the world around them falls into disarray.

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668 Reviews | 155 Followers
85
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if ...you want to see recent work from an acknowledged master of world theater, or if you're interested in the interaction between East & West.

Don't see it if ...you have a short attention span, or speak no French & hate having to read surtitles to understand what is going on.

469 Reviews | 257 Followers
79
Ambitious, Overlong, Confusing, Great staging, Epic

See it if you like your theatre messy and chaotic. However, it is both visually and orally stunning.

Don't see it if long evenings in the theatre isn't your thing. Many walkouts at the intermission. Read more

418 Reviews | 46 Followers
73
Dizzying, Funny, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if Have never seen them before. Cleverly staged and lots of ideas

Don't see it if Want something not 4 hours long - why was that? Too many ideas and not much developed.

257 Reviews | 45 Followers
75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You like challenging theater that asks is theater relevant? Can you make fun of terrorists? Does Terukkutu still have the power to move us?

Don't see it if You aren't willing to spend 4 hours reading subtitles and listening to foreign actors struggle with English in a loosely structured format. Read more

252 Reviews | 40 Followers
88
Funny, Must see, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you like to see a show that is very funny, with political references, good singing, dancing and costumes.

Don't see it if you don't like long shows.

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195 Reviews | 63 Followers
88
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if You are a fan of Mnouchkine's Theatre du Soleil which specializes in a unique brand of spectacle, here with a multi-global troupe of actors.

Don't see it if you object to fragmented, episodic material about the meaning of theater in world's current state and historically-must like Indian music. Read more

184 Reviews | 82 Followers
88
Visionary, Hallucinatory, Ravishing multi-culti grab bag, Overlong but epic in scope

See it if you find Mnouchkine's theatre essential, haunting & possesses cumulative power; you appreciate epic scale and South Asian traditional forms

Don't see it if questions of cultural appropriation preoccupy you: company of 36, representing 26 nationalities, blithely traverse various genres and forms Read more

146 Reviews | 22 Followers
50
Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you must see Mnouchkine's work

Don't see it if you enjoy a coherent drama or comedy

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
December 6th, 2017

“There is something especially anarchic and encompassing about ‘A Room in India’. It sometimes feels like watching a chicken dance with its head cut off...Though the work’s structure is comically recursive, eventually the visions point more insistently toward one subject and one style. The subject is the disempowerment of women, especially in Indian and Arab cultures...In Ms. Mnouchkine’s imagination, and maybe finally ours, the theater is a woman, and so is the world.”
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Time Out New York
December 8th, 2017

"Mnouchkine's new devised piece runs wild in a pell-mell pageant of comedy, anxiety, and artistic self-doubt...The centerpieces of this production are gorgeously ornate musical numbers depicting scenes from the Mahabharata, performed in the Terukkuttu tradition...'A Room in India' is a defense of theater in the age of ISIS, and it is acutely aware of how defensive that looks...Nearly four hours of mind-scrambling spectacle.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 12th, 2017

"In keeping with Mnouchkine’s wide-reaching, allusory style, the show is in conversation with myriad other works of art...Cornelia’s questions and Mnouchkine’s are one and the same, and 'A Room in India' is at its strongest when it doesn’t answer them but simply lets them multiply...It’s a courageous demonstration of vulnerability, of empathetic uncertainty, from an artist whose emeritus status has done nothing to flatten her sense of curiosity, nor dull her sense of humor."
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Deadline
December 8th, 2017

“These fevered scenes are performed with mesmeric detail...So much so that we may be seduced into overlooking the sophistication of the enterprise...The long first act flies by swiftly while the second, shorter act, has its longueurs, and the bitter irony of the ending...may be lost on some. That seems, in retrospect, like nitpicking, as Mnouchkine and her astonishing troupe continue to make theater of unsettling immediacy and resonant power.”
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Theatermania
December 6th, 2017

“There are allusions to Shakespeare, Noh, and Chekhov, making ‘A Room in India’ feel like a family meeting of the world's theatrical traditions, gathered to discuss Syria, terrorism, resurgent nationalism, the abuse of women, and environmental degradation...The company brings an undeniably French spirit to the stage, unbound by political correctness and unashamed of liberalism...Théâtre du Soleil has created a play that is as messy, chaotic, and unpredictable as the real world.”
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Theatre is Easy
December 8th, 2017

"'A Room In India' may seem overly ambitious in its frenetic attempt to satirize so many societal crimes, but like Molière, Mnouchkine’s hysterical stage does not serve as a window to an absurd world, it serves as a mirror...Although 'A Room in India' provides a great history of French theatre in the form of social satire, it becomes hard to laugh when faced with such a devastating reality...This is a fascinating and intellectual production and should not be missed."
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Theater Pizzazz
December 11th, 2017

"Hélène Cinque, a marvelous actress who carries the play on her shoulders with calm, humor and a quiet charisma...All the actors were brilliant and totally immersed in the play, a hallmark of Mnouchkine’s direction. A minor criticism is that there is far too much slapstick and bathroom humor in 'A Room in India'...Perhaps it’s a European sensibility, but it becomes distracting...Also, a violently melodramatic ending came as a shock."
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The Huffington Post
December 16th, 2017

"It’s chaotically and delightfully helter-skelter. And yes, it’s longer than it needs to be. Towards the end, it does become repetitive. Moreover, when Mnouchkine decides it’s time to bring every last dervish-y thing to a conclusion, she utters a superfluous platitude the message of which won’t be revealed here. Nonetheless, this is Ariane Mnouchkine, one of the globe’s greatest living theater icons. When the opportunity arises to take her in and take her on, passing it up is a foolish choice."
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