A Simple Art
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A Simple Art

A Simple Art NYC Reviews and Tickets

(25 Reviews)
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Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

New York Neo-Futurists present a true-crime piece examining the 2014 murder of Father Eric Freed, who was the high-school priest of playwright, director, and performer Alex Vlahov.

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Member Reviews (25)

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55 Reviews | 21 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like the occasional "odd" show that is fast paced, funny, sad and draws lessons from real life. It is NOT a traditional linear play

Don't see it if you don't enjoy oddball shows that don't follow a linear structure. This is a documentary type show that says a lot about life.

506 Reviews | 999 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if a tale worth telling. clever use of props etc. free toast and coffee all 3 actors a credit to interpretative acting

Don't see it if some repetition. maybe more songs etc of the times.... but these are minor

61 Reviews | 12 Followers
Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like documentaries and like usual story telling styles

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Neo-Futurists and their style of presentation

187 Reviews | 143 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like crime stories. Story was good. Clever presentation. Thought provoking

Don't see it if You are not interested in hearing about brutality of a crime. Don't like hearing law enforcement stupidity

70 Reviews | 12 Followers
Informative, Slow, Unusual, Thought-provoking, Innovative

See it if you're interested in seeing a show that deals with a true life crime presented using a variety of effects, such as transcripts & recordings.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of intimate theater experiences or experimental storytelling methods, such as lip syncing to recorded material.

431 Reviews | 98 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Clever, Edgy

See it if You are not distracted by drab house, no staging, untrained youth delivering a mesmerizing, beautifully integrated tale.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a recreation of a murder filtered through the vision of one who knew the victim and whose life was changed. Read more

332 Reviews | 42 Followers
Entertaining, Ambitious, Quirky, Informative, Sad

See it if You want to see a play about a true event. You want to see a play with one performer who personally knew the victim. You want to be informed

Don't see it if You are not interested in the history of this priest being killed. You are not interested in a play of this type. Read more

291 Reviews | 708 Followers
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy very personal true crime stories and you're open to documentary style storytelling in which the 4th wall does not exist.

Don't see it if you're expecting traditional storytelling; you're sensitive to depictions of violence & police mishandling resulting in tragic consequences. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

Theatre is Easy
June 7th, 2017

“Audience members shouldn’t expect the safety of a fourth wall and a clear-cut Aristotelian narrative. Instead, this is a piece where Neos do what Neos do best: keep you alert with their thought and movement deviations; effortlessly incorporate intersecting perspectives; make you cry, think and laugh all with the same thought; and always leave you wanting more. There are no accidents on this stage. This is clearly a studied piece, the fruit of labor, but it can get confusing. Embrace it.”
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June 8th, 2017

“The New York Neo-Futurists' gem of a small piece, ‘A Simple Art,’ explores the death of a small-town priest to tell the world how stories affect us all. The excellent three-person ensemble uses recordings, music, documentary styles, maps and emotions to lay out the story of Father Eric's murder. Then they use that story to reach the humanity and shared emotions of us all in a touching, humorous and charming way.”
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The Huffington Post
June 4th, 2017

"This kind of story is where the Neos’ mastery of theatrical experimentation shines...One of the greatest strengths of the piece is how it manages to incorporate all three performers, and stretch the scope of impact and influence outside of the immediate story. And yet I found myself wanting to know more...All in all, I found 'A Simple Art' to be engaging, creative, and thought-provoking, and I am left feeling like true crime theatre is something I would love to see more often."
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