Signature Theatre presents a blend of Shaker songs, modern dance, and theater about forbidden sex and unchanneled lust in New England’s 18th century Shaker community. More…
Featuring traditional Shaker songs and a mix of modern dance and actual Shaker movements, 'Angel Reapers' captures the soul of the Shakers, an early American religious sect who sought to connect with God through ecstatic ritual and strict celibacy. While the congregants strive desperately to maintain divine purity, the needs of the flesh threaten to take hold. With text by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Alfred Uhry, 'Angel Reapers' is a theatrical collage about the glorious love of the divine and the overwhelming desire for human connection.
See it if You are a fan of contemporary dance, are a bit curious about the Shakers, like stories told thru dance and exciting images
Don't see it if You expect shows to be meaty and content-filled, you expect a clear through line and is easy to follow, are bored by chanting and ritual
See it if you enjoy inventive choreography, skilled dancing and dresses designed to billow out to make the women look like angels
Don't see it if you want to see dance integrated into a show that provides insight on individual Shaker characters, to engage audience; this doesn't
See it if You know a little about the Shakers: the show won't explain the history. You enjoy dance. You like shows w/religious themes.
Don't see it if You don't like dance. You have no interest in religion. You want a show with more dialogue. You want a history story.
See it if you enjoy experimental theatre without a clear narrative, or you're interested in an "old world" kind of atmosphere.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy experimental theatre.
See it if you enjoy dance and can enjoy a piece without a strong plot or characterization. The staging is stunning.
Don't see it if you are very conventional in what you like to see.
See it if You like experimental work with an interesting setting.
Don't see it if You want your theater with a firm through line and strong story.
See it if you want an intense production. Complex choreography steal the show. Study the history of Shakers to make full sense of the show.
Don't see it if like dancing and/or religious themed plays.
See it if you don't mind having lots of questions when a show is over. While it did transport me, I wanted to know more about the Shakers.
Don't see it if you don't like experimental theater. Or if you need clear story at all times.
See it if Shaker hymns set to dance. experience a variety of people who enter the shaker village. Read the playbill before so each is clear. dance
Don't see it if generally not a dance fan, i enjoyed this piece. it can get loud and covertly sexual.
See it if you like theatrical risk-taking; an untraditional way to explore the Shakers. Lots of movement, Some singing. Not a narrative.
Don't see it if you like narratives, don't like unconventional presentations, don't like religious themes
See it if you would enjoy decent-enough dancing and vocals and don't mind minimal plot and a lack of character development
Don't see it if you like plot or shows where you can tell the characters apart or if you want any message more complicated than Shakers thinking sex is evil
See it if you are not familiar with the Shaker community. Be that fly on the wall to experience their lifestyle. Would like more character development
Don't see it if you don't enjoy contemporary presentations. Very little dialogue. More observational and dance driven than specific storyline.
See it if You want to see a show and don't want to think about anything. This is a very intense show with clever interpretive dancing.
Don't see it if You want to see a show with a strong storyline. There isn't much of a story and all of it is through interpretive dancing.
See it if You love to learn while attending a show You like multi-disciplinary productions (music, dance, acting)
Don't see it if You like linear timelines for a story Have no interest in learning about the Shakers Don't like your mediums mixed
See it if you like unconventional theater, more focused on movement and imagery than dialogue (although there is dialogue and song).
Don't see it if you demand straightforward storytelling and you need comedy, or at least some comic relief.
See it if you enjoy dancing, singing, and visual stimulation. Want to learn a bit about the Shakers.
Don't see it if enjoy a plot and conclusion. get bored by chanting and repetition
See it if You want to see incredible talent, gorgeous evocative choreography and a challenging subject matter
Don't see it if You aren't ready to be uncomfortable or if you don't want to think
See it if Seldom is a show as dull as this production. Dancing so repetitive; acting not so hot. The subject matter not that interesting. Sorry.
Don't see it if you want to open your mind and expect to see a revelation of some sort about the Shakers.