A Solo From The Pit
A Solo From The Pit
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A Solo From The Pit NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(17 Reviews)
Positive
71%
Mixed
23%
Negative
6%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Quirky

About the Show

Musician Elias Faingersh plays us through a comedic crash course in finding operatic (and personal) meaning, as he recounts his decision to leave a coveted position at the Metropolitan Opera in this solo show.

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Member Reviews (17)

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
65
Loud, Unenlightened, Talented musician

See it if you love trombone, but it's painfully over-amplified. Some fun opera discussion and melodies. Uses musical repeater for back-up.

Don't see it if you want truly funny patter (SOLO is lame) or dislike misogyny. Even 60mn is too long. Opens w off-putting song. Not esp'ly moving/inspiring Read more

928 Reviews | 379 Followers
88
Masterful, Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see something new, fresh, original and inspiring. Plus you might just learn something about opera.

Don't see it if You don’t like original music or hearing about other people’s journeys in life.

597 Reviews | 121 Followers
72
Clever, Good music, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Play with trombone player with storys, some are funny. Music is refreshing and clever.

Don't see it if you hate the trombone sound. Loud music at times. Read more

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
75
Delightful, Entertaining, Great music, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You have an interest in opera. You want a modern take on opera stories & a memoir from an orchestra musician. You want original music.

Don't see it if You prefer a more seasoned performer: while his stories were enjoyable to hear, his delivery is awkward. You have no interest in opera.

384 Reviews | 132 Followers
78
Entertaining, Irreverent, Great music, Great musical performance, So-so autobio

See it if you like opera classics remixed, modern day verbal & musical interpretations of ludicrous opera plots. Point of view of a pit defector.

Don't see it if dislike live looping, want more reverential fare. Has what I can only describe as a crazy-uncle-from-the-old-country sense of humor. Read more

346 Reviews | 86 Followers
6
Slow, Repetitive, Relaxing, Meditative, Disappointing

See it if You are in the mood for a veeeery chill show. If you want to sit back and be lulled by some trombone and body percussion with a loop pedal.

Don't see it if You are looking for a one-man show with a strong thesis and structure. You dislike loop-based music. You dislike slightly misogynistic plays Read more

297 Reviews | 78 Followers
70
Somewhat engaging & interesting / entertaining, Different / raunchy / irreverent / awkward / slow, Original / autobiographical / refreshing / quirky, Ed sheeran-esque solo-trombone performance

See it if you'd enjoy a 1hr one-man quasi-comedic solo-trombone performance, done ala Ed Sheeran (lots of looping), w/some backstage Met stories.

Don't see it if you're a stickler for polished flowing delivery. Not a seasoned story-teller (feels more like a work-in-progress), but he IS entertaining. Read more

245 Reviews | 37 Followers
83
Enchanting, Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You want to see an opera for dummies tutorial. Helped a lot before I saw Carmen at the met. Also an interesting life story.

Don't see it if You do not like opera made fun of or are a purist.

Critic Reviews (2)

Orlando Sentinel
May 14th, 2018
For a previous production

“Delightfully entertaining...Faingersh is a virtuoso trombonist...In his very funny one-man show, the musician uses story lines and music from familiar operas...to recall his life, face his fears and explain his choices...The joy of this production is that it introduces you to a new world, it lets you experience someone else’s passion, it surprises you, it just might teach you something about yourself. Oh, and it’s a little weird, too.”
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Orlando Weekly
May 21st, 2018
For a previous production

“Experiencing a virtuoso trombonist...alone would be worth your Fringe bucks, but Faingersh...adds lively storytelling and musical humor to his one-man show...Faingersh’s musical style is unique...One-man shows can skew overwrought, but the tone is refreshingly light. The ‘follow your dreams’ message is deployed with charming practicality. Unfortunately, Faingersh’s final exhortation was the only audio in this show that I could not clearly hear...I left feeling lifted and entertained.”
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