Ends Jul 28 | 1h 45m | Midtown W

A Strange Loop

From 189 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

Playwrights Horizons and Page 73's new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons — not least of which, his own punishing thoughts — in an attempt to capture and understand his own strange loop. More…

Usher is a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical.


Member Reviews (189)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
85
Avg Score

87
Edgy, Absorbing, Great singing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy top musical talent that's not overproduced and are looking for content that might challenge your perspective.

Don't see it if Candid stories about self loathing, gay sex, being overweight and racial descrimination are too off putting or may be tough for you to watch

Also This play kept surprising me in ways that I appreciated - the talent, ... Read more Read less

90
Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an exciting new musical theatre writing voice emerge in Michael R. Jackson.

Don't see it if You like an abundance of plot. Your theatrical imagination is limited. You like commodity, b.s. musicals only.

Also As messy as A STRANGE LOOP is at times, and as overlong as its last se... Read more Read less

94
Funny, Resonant, Refreshing, Great singing, Edgy

See it if a specifically queer and black theater experience... exhilarating and recognizable

Don't see it if n/a

84
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you look for theatre that lets you walk a mile in someone else’s mind

Don't see it if you can’t handle frank and sometimes graphic discussion and portrayal of sex.

80
Intense, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like creative musicals by up and coming playwrights.

Don't see it if If you are offended by graphic sexual descriptions and language

92
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love audacious new work that is hilarious and uncomfortable

Don't see it if Sex and race make you nervous

100
Clever, Raunchy, Refreshing, Must see, Dizzying

See it if Truly groundbreaking. Very entertaining. Mostly hilarious but also poignant and heavy with gay issues. Great writing and cast.

Don't see it if Explicit dialog but even conservatives and other homophobes should see it for educational purposes.

92
Dizzying, Unforgiving, Truthful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Just go fucking see it.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sex, queerness, race, or want conventional subject matter.

Also I'm really happy this show exists. It breaks all the taboos of subject... Read more Read less

81
Intense, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if You want to see someone bare his soul and psyche onstage in a very intense way -- all to traditional Broadway tunes sung very well.

Don't see it if You are offended by raunchy dialogue and/or simulated gay sex.

83
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You like a completely original, personal, entertaining and heartfelt musical about living your truth.

Don't see it if You object to explicit and raw language and scenes and/or are homophobic.

85
Great singing, Funny, Unconventional, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an innovative work from a black queer writer, which discusses very relevant questions, yet still very entertaining

Don't see it if you mind the graphic language or LGBTQ related themes

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if You want challenging boundary pushing musicals. Also very funny in an NC-17 way.

Don't see it if You are easily offended

95
Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever

See it if This show is an exhilarating exploration of the gay black experience..Just brilliant

Don't see it if you are racist or homophobic

95
Inspiring, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great story telling, Absorbing

See it if One of the best I have ever seen at playwrights horizons. Michael Jackson who wrote the book, music and stars in the production is honest

Don't see it if If you are not interested in issues with gay topics or you don’t like musicals. But I say challenge yourself and see this anyway.

Also We are told of an African American overweight male his experience bein... Read more Read less

86
Profound, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like innovative ideas in theater, you want to see something fresh and new, you want to see something purely honest

Don't see it if You don’t want to see unapologetically black, queer folk on stage, or if you don’t like new, experimental musical theater

78
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Funny

See it if You enjoy singing and comedy together. If you like to see real issues addressed on stage.

Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with risqué things on stage or you don’t enjoy it when a show focuses on difficult topics.

80
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like queer theatre that explores themes that are provocative, in-your-face, & unapologetic. Good score, excellent performances, hot set!

Don't see it if You find gay, queer themed shows uncomfortable. This show SHOULD be seen but MANY may find the subject crude/ insulting to particular groups

91
Relevant, Refreshing, Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You like musicals from underrepresented voices. The show is ambitious, not perfect, but nearly masterful.

Don't see it if If you are made uncomfortable by frank conversations about gay sexuality or race.

87
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if This is not a conventional musical. It is harsh and heartbreaking and very honest.

Don't see it if You aren't comfortable with explicit discussions of gay sex.

89
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a show by exploring themes that have been long shut out of the mainstream theater industry.

Don't see it if you aren't particularly interested in hearing a queer, black story told without holding back.

79
Intense, Thought-provoking, Funny, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you like deeply personal stories about difficult situations. You want to see some amazing performances.

Don't see it if you don't like frank language and explicit sexual content.

90
Intelligent, Must see, Dizzying, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to be ahead of the curve. Michael is the future!

Don't see it if Everyone should see this show. Especially if you're easily offended. You should explore why.

87
Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Raunchy, Masterful

See it if You like creatively staged masterfully written musicals with Sondheim-quality lyrics that are beautifully sung and orchestrated

Don't see it if You require plot in your musical as this is more of a brilliant concept rather than telling a story or if cYou are offended by raw lyrics

95
Dizzying, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate courage, original music, fresh perspectives, fantastically clever lyrics, new perspectives, and unconventional beauty

Don't see it if If you are homophobic you will either be woken up or greatly challenged by this play to see all people as worthy and beautiful

97
Funny, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if If you have voices in your head from people and experiences in your past, you will relate to this show. Plus: top notch writing & music.

Don't see it if There is explicit reference to, and enactment of, gay sex. There's swearing, including the n-word. There is criticism of religion.

Also The experiences of the main character are very specific (he's 25 years... Read more Read less


June 17th, 2019
"Whether you are delighted, appalled or annoyed by the resulting production — and the odds are you will experience all of these responses — you can’t deny that it is uncompromisingly, exactly what it claims to be. Directed with admirable clarity by Brackett, with fabulously inventive choreography...
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June 17th, 2019
"The first 20 minutes are an exhilarating cocktail of hilarious lyrical complexity and Owens’s Idina Menzel belt; even after the rage begins to mount, Jackson—abetted by a bravura ensemble and Brackett’s super direction—keeps extending what we can take with explosively funny asides. But 'A Strang...
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June 17th, 2019
"Jackson’s triumph with 'A Strange Loop' is that by diving into the excruciatingly personal, he finds the broadly human...If 'A Strange Loop' sometimes feels like an early play — like a writer trying to muscle through the 20s-dominating obsession with self so that he can break out and into the re...
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June 17th, 2019
"Sometimes exhilarating, sometimes exasperating...The loops and hoops that Usher has to go through in the show’s final quarter become entangled with careening themes and repetition...Still, both Usher’s journey and Jackson’s show offer bracing insights into the endless strata of conflicts faced b...
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