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Albatross

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Great staging

About the show

The Poets' Theatre, Inc. presents a multimedia solo show inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.' More…

Written and performed as a rollicking sea yarn, 'Albatross' is about Mariner, an 18th-century sailor cursed with immortality who is thrust into the modern world. Full of privateers, storms, battles, spirits, and penguins, it's a thrilling adventure story that also delves deep into urgent questions about violence, mindfulness, and our impact on the natural world.


Member Reviews (53)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Great staging
80
Avg Score

70
Great acting, Confusing, Slow

See it if you enjoy well acted one man shows which are a bit unusual and require the use of you imagination.

Don't see it if you prefer a clearly developed story not solely dependant on the actor and some stage tricks.

73
Energetic, Earnest, Compelling, Solo performance

See it if This one-act retelling of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner humanizes the protagonist and reminds us of personal responsibility & culpability.

Don't see it if It is a little raw (we're with sailors) and it is a one actor production, but mostly you'll enjoy it. Could use a bit of editing, too.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Overlong

See it if you enjoy accomplished one-man performances. The actor commits entirely and is appealing in the role.

Don't see it if you'll get annoyed that it runs 90 minutes but only holds your interest for about 60. Or if you don't like the poem it's inspired by.

75
Intense, Raw, Great acting

See it if An intense experience. All out performance brings new perspective to old poem ("The Rime of the Ancient Mariner") Knowing the poem helps.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows. This unsanitized version may be unsettling for some. Not for the faint of heart.

86
Great acting, Great lighting, sound, staging, Riveting, Masterful

See it if want to see the rime about a sailor and albatross revealed in a vivid way. Evett was masterful as he switched characters to tell the story.

Don't see it if if you are not ready to pay attention to the script as you miss some of this mostly dark story; or if you don't like one man shows.

Also Evett was flawless on stage, moving around changing characters seamles... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting

See it if Amazing acting. Outstanding theater at its most basic

Don't see it if Looking for light entertainment or a happy evening

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you like superbly acted intense one man shows that take you on a dizzying and totally captivating historical narrative

Don't see it if you don't want to watch one man totally enthrall you with well stitched storytelling for 90 minutes

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Intelligent

See it if If you love tall ship culture. Mr Evetts performance is stunning and riveting as a kidnapped navigator on a pirate ship. Amazing Performance

Don't see it if If you don't love me one man shows

50
Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if You like intense one-man shows without intermissions. Emotional and raw acting.

Don't see it if You don't care for unnecessary background, loud wooden chest noises, and lengthy and sometimes confusing narrative. Actor was great, but.meh

85
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to laugh at times. The actor was amazing!!!

Don't see it if You don't like the small theater experience.

65
Great acting, Ambitious, Dated, Impresive, Long

See it if you're a fan of one-person shows as well as The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or aren't too excited about a sailor telling a story

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You enjoy an intense one man show in an intimate theater. If you like a classic poem reenacted with added material.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy one man shows, profanity nor can tolorate graphic descriptions of violence. You do need to use your mind.

Also If your not familiar with the poem. Read it before you attend.

91
Great acting, Great staging, Great lighting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you like beautifully lit solo shows that tell a heart-breaking story.

Don't see it if you are bored by solo shows or are offended by vulgar language.

100
Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Exquisite

See it if People who know what The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is.

Don't see it if You only like happy musicals.

76
Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Dizzying, Clever

See it if you like retellings of old stories. It takes Rime of the Ancient Mariner and makes it easier to understand and connect with.

Don't see it if you don't like projections, fog, or strobe effects. Or swearing. He swears like a sailor. Can get a bit slow in places.

75
Intense, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to be drawn into an intense 90 minutes of storytelling, you like the original source story and want to hear it fleshed out.

Don't see it if you're bothered by swearing or descriptions of dark, near-death situations. I have a high tolerance found this intense.

95
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy creative re-imagining of a classic tale

Don't see it if One-man shows are not your thing

92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Heartbreakingly beautiful, Enchanting

See it if You appreciate engaging, well-told, and emotional stories.

Don't see it if You prefer action-heavy performances or aren't a fan of one man shows.

90
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if Bravura acting, great set design. Loved the conceit of translating the Ancient Mariner to stage in this way.

Don't see it if you want a story line, plotting, etc.

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You're interested in maritime history, or just to see a man give everything in a solo performance.

Don't see it if you need a lot of action or sets to keep your attention. This is straight storytelling so you just gotta listen.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense

See it if If you like an intense, one-man show.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and has a big cast.

During previews
65
Ambitious, Unusual, Intense, In-your-face, Dark

See it if you know and love Coleridge's poem; this is an imaginative, visually-rich rendering. The material is ambitious, but flawed.

Don't see it if you dislike constant swearing, flashing lights, gross-out tales, and aggressive direct address. I did not enjoy Evett's performance.

During previews
84
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You have an interest in poetry, especially the British Romantics. You like plays that reference history. You want to see great acting.

Don't see it if You hate poetry. You don't know what poem the title is referencing. You want a play about contemporary subjects.

During previews
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if You are a fan of the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Even if you are not it is a gripping tale told by an incredible actor. Impressive

Don't see it if You want to see a big show with elaborate sets. The set design and lighting is incredibly clever and evocative but it requires imagination.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you enjoy a fine dramatic presentation of a classic epic poem with additional materials added to enhance both the story and the presentation

Don't see it if you dislike one-man shows; you have never heard of Coleridge's epic poem and may not understand the plot in full; don't like staged smoke.

Also I was overwhelmed with the power and force of this show; it brought th... Read more Read less


January 19th, 2017
"A piece that cries out for simplicity and gets digital distraction instead. Oh, Mariner, those overly literal visual aids fight you for our attention at every turn, breaking the mood in the bargain...It all registers as a lot of visual noise. The sound design is not quite as obtrusive, but it, t...
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January 20th, 2017
“A gripping one-man show…’Albatross’ is an exciting and dramatic portrayal of a mariner's extensive journey…Benjamin Evett's solo performance as the mariner is stunning as he captures the drama, tension, and occasional humor of the show. He masters the physically and emotionally demanding role…Th...
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January 19th, 2017
“Evett is a powerful presence with oceans of technique at his disposal, but his performance would be infinitely better if he cut the intensity level by at least thirty percent...His full-throated, aim-for-the-balcony approach becomes wearying, then assaultive…'Albatross' seems to exist entirely t...
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January 22nd, 2017
"Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett have turned this very long story poem into a fascinating drama featuring Mr. Evett as the narrator, the mariner and every other character. As directed by Rick Lombardo, this 'Albatross' is uneven in its storytelling, but still totally involving, mostly due to ...
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