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A Solo From The Pit

From 2 critic and 17 member reviews
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. More…

This story is about the choices faced by most people — whether to pursue comfort and security or follow their dreams. Combining music, comedy and candor, this show is a peek into a composer’s mind.

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.



85
Orlando Sentinel

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.” Full Review

85
Orlando Weekly

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.” Full Review


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.

87
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful

See it if You enjoy people who follow their dreams.

Don't see it if You like strictly classical music.

86
Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Want to hear a Russian Jewish trombonist performing good musical pieces with Russian-school naughty stage clowning. Something different.

Don't see it if Somebody brought an infant with them who practically was crying the whole time. No it's not O.K. to bother other people with your kids.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You like off the wall, clever, funny evening of music and story telling by a charming trombonist/raconteur.

Don't see it if You need your theatrical evenings to be driven by plot and characters

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.

80
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Fresh, Honest

See it if You love music, one person's story well told intrigues you, you like your comedy with a mix of pathos

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows, you dislike music, you prefer conventional plot and dialogue

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.

Also Super impressive soloist. I liked the show's music & technical facilit... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if ...you want to hear some inspiring music — brass coupled with electronic looping and soulful singing. Also, Elias is very personable.

Don't see it if ...you want a cohesive overall piece. This is too scattershot, though some of the sketches, one in particular, was edgy and hilarious.

Also He's got a beautiful, heartfelt tale of inner struggle to tell, but he... Read more Read less

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.

75
Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Slow

See it if You have a night to see something out - was interesting

Don't see it if You like musicals

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.

Also Deals with familiar operas in his style of music. Refreshing and cleve... Read more Read less

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.

Also No freaking Playbill. NOT COOL.... Read more Read less

68
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Clever

See it if You dislike opera and like unusual, jazz-infused music.

Don't see it if You love opera. The performer almost makes fun of opera.

Also The performer is charming and talented. But beware of attending if you... Read more Read less

66
Very fringe-y, Sexist humor, Loud trombone music, Disappointing, Opera-lite

See it if you enjoy solo shows from the Fringe; you favor small indie shows built on a personal narrative; you're a trombone fan who likes loud music

Don't see it if sexist, misogynistic humor offends you; if you'd prefer a more polished show or higher production values; if you don't care for solo shows

Also Ratings for music, material & delivery:... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

See it if You like listening to solo trombone music both classic opera and mdoern interpretations.

Don't see it if You are looking to an interesting story into the different/unseen parts of the opera world. Also if you are passioante about opera.

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

Also This show rubbed me the wrong way, but many in the audience enjoyed it... Read more Read less

19
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

Also "The ladies tend to fall asleep in act III." - Elias Faingersh... Read more Read less


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