Already closed | 1h 15m | Midtown W

Aging Magician

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Lyrical, Ambitious, Slow, Quirky

About the show

The New Victory presents an epic opera-theater work for families about Harold, an aging watch maker nearing the end of his unusual life. Best for ages 10 and up. More…

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus helps Harold uncover his legacy as the stage is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. The worlds of music, theater, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design collide to paint a poignant allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life.

1h 15m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (6)


Entertaining, Lyrical, Ambitious, Slow, Quirky
Avg Score

Enchanting, Quirky, Lyrical, Slow, Sad

See it if Meditation on the spiritual vs the material from the perspective of life's end. Ethereal operatic music with choir and strings.

Don't see it if A bit slow and insubstantial. Some lovely moments but not enough to keep me absorbed throughout.

Interesting staging, Complex ideas, Beautiful music, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if the universe is more than clockwork in your mind. Called opera but consists of long monologs where an author & his creation meld magically

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable around the topic of death. The plot explores the death of two characters, the man on stage and the man he created.

Creative, mystical, absorbing., A sensory feast that's utterly captivating., Lyrical, Poetic

See it if Want a completely different theatrical experience & open to new forms of expression. If the description intrigues you, this is VERY fine.

Don't see it if Want traditional, linear story, don't like opera, not open to mystical and mysterious theater. I was transported by it, but not 4 everyone.

Also The chorus is made up of kids aged 11 through 17. They are simply wond... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Gorgeous

See it if This is a work of IMPRESSIONISM, amazingly unlike anything we usually think of as "for kids". Demanding of the audience, not dumbed-down!

Don't see it if Don't bring your child unless already at the reading level of something like "Anne of Green Gables" - this is literary, not "kiddy"!

Also I am simply amazed at the courage of the New Vic at taking on a work t... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Overrated, Weak story, Weak dramaturgy, Good choir

See it if you would like to watch a performance that wants to be very deep, but instead ends up with nothing.

Don't see it if you would appreciate a good story and a charismatic actor. There was a lot of work in this performance, but it didn't work for me this time

Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound

See it if you have the wonder of a child

Don't see it if you dont have imagination

March 9th, 2017
"Poignant, entrancing...It deals with death and, perhaps more challenging, is shot through with ambiguity. Still, the very young children at the matinee I attended seemed both engrossed and entertained...Though many narrative threads are left loose, the rich artistic elements of 'Aging Magician' ...
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March 6th, 2017
"It is striking that a work at the city's best children's theater seems so awkward an offering for kids...Prestini's compositions (liquid, amelodic phrases) complement Eckert's voice, and director Crouch—one of the great designers working today—makes lovely spectacles out of sheets of paper...Dra...
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March 7th, 2017
“When I say beautiful, it is an understatement to describe what, exactly, makes this so memorable a concept and performance. With a plot as intricate as the gears of a clock and meant for both those who have much or little time ahead of them, ‘The Aging Magician,’ like a magic trick itself, is a ...
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March 9th, 2017
"This very unusual show is like a storybook and an opera in one...Eckert is backed up by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The beautiful voices of these young singers is the main reason to see this show, although the songs were not especially memorable and at times it was hard to understand what they we...
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