Closed 1h 30m
A Simple Art
Midtown W
68

A Simple Art NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(25 Reviews)
Positive
52%
Mixed
40%
Negative
8%
Members say
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)

85
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

65
Confusing, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if experimental theater that breaks down the usual concept of performance interests you.

Don't see it if if you expect a story to be acted. This is read from documentation. Inexplicable activities like making toast & playing LPs occupy the cast

Critic Reviews (3)

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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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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