“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 little bit elusive, requires a little bit of personal insight, but does not beg for more than the audience's belief to make it truly something of a wonder.” Full Review
"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' come together powerfully...Over all, the music is crucial, by turns pensive and fidgety, solemnly harmonic and skittishly diffuse. The score is vividly performed." Full Review
"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...Dramatically, the show is intentionally inert—and this, coupled with hypnotic music, makes for an enervating 80 minutes." Full Review
"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 were singing...The show overall moves along slowly and accordingly, I would not recommend it for young children who would probably be bored." Full Review
for a previous production "There are so many things that happen throughout the show that were gorgeous and interesting and moving, but it is one of those works that you need to experience...The music was beautiful and not in a jagged way that some think of contemporary music, nor in a minimalist way. It was perfect for this work. You need to hear the voices of the chorus mixing with Rinde's voice. You need to see the visuals, especially the ending visual so fantastically created by Mark Stewart." Full Review
for a previous production "A hypnotizing, aesthetically stimulating production...While the plot is of a rather intriguing nature, it was not the most mysterious aspect of the production. That honor goes to the music along with the combination of other sounds used in the production...Singing chords of incredible depth, the musicians created a haunting atmosphere...Alongside the hauntingly beautiful music was a mesmerizing setting...The production culminated beautifully, with an intense feast for the eyes and ears." Full Review
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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
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