Before Your Very Eyes
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Before Your Very Eyes
71

Before Your Very Eyes NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(23 Ratings)
Positive
74%
Mixed
9%
Negative
17%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Original

About the Show

The Public Theater and international avant-garde troupe Gob Squad present the US premiere about the lives of seven individuals living in fast forward.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (23)

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112 Reviews | 36 Followers
95
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you're interested in watching children age through their entire lives over the course of an hour and 15 minutes

Don't see it if you don't want to be faced with the idea of mortality, especially presented by young children

536 Reviews | 279 Followers
95
Absorbing, Original, Creative, Inventive, Profound

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre at its finest. The cast I saw were all astonishing, no mean feat from actors so young.

Don't see it if you do not like experimental theatre and do not like being moved and forced to think about your choices made in life.

97 Reviews | 44 Followers
85
Ambitious, Clever, Original, Refreshing

See it if extremely inventive and surprising theater, void of cliches [kids playing grownups could be dangerous]. Experimental theater at its best.

Don't see it if you're expecting A Chorus Line

63 Reviews | 22 Followers
80
Banal, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Insipid

See it if Engaging cast

Don't see it if Depressing

311 Reviews | 494 Followers
75
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you want to see something innovative and experimental.

Don't see it if you want a clear plot. Don't see if you feel uncomfortable with children tackling challenging subject matter.

100 Reviews | 64 Followers
75
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy children, and you enjoy big ideas about time and growing up

Don't see it if you don't enjoy experimental theatre

131 Reviews | 46 Followers
75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Original, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like being in touch with your humanity; you enjoy devised work/nontraditional theater experiences; want to see something different.

Don't see it if you want a linear plot; you don't care to watch an all-children cast; you don't want to think too much about the meaning of life.

82 Reviews | 19 Followers
70
Ambitious, Original, Slow, Great music

See it if you want a really unique theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you want an entertaining night out.

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
October 26th, 2015

"'Before Your Very Eyes' is a downer with an upper of a cast. That contrast is pretty much the entire point of this ingenious but ultimately unsurprising theatrical essay... Moments throb with a palpable human pulse and, implicitly, our awareness that all human pulses eventually stop...In stressing the way time erases rather than embellishes, 'Before Your Very Eyes' digs itself into the special rut of classic Everyman plays."
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Time Out New York
October 28th, 2015

"'Before' concerns itself with speed and time and death; it does so even before it asks the children to pretend to be teenagers or adults. Parts of this are heartbreaking...Gob Squad is poking fun at its own milieu here, and that self-critique fits poorly on these small shoulders. What fits better is exuberance and clarity, both of which are in full supply during the dance numbers and the video interviews."
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Theatermania
October 26th, 2015

"'Before Your Very Eyes' is basically 70 minutes of watching kids play dress-up, but not the cutesy version that most adults would like to imagine. The Gob Squad's take on make-believe feels a lot more truthful. It's downright disarming in its honesty...While the show ostensibly depicts the very specific lifecycle of the upper middle-class Americans, it actually reveals how observant kids are of adult behavior. It may feel like we're watching them onstage, but they're actually watching us."
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BroadwayWorld
October 27th, 2015

"'Before Your Very Eyes' never quite reveals a purpose for its existence. The kids are terrific and fun to watch, but while the 70 minute experimental study is reasonably entertaining, it's not especially enlightening."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 26th, 2015

"It would be an exaggeration to say I ever got lost in their game of dress-up, but during a couple of instances, I came close... If the human effects are undeniably good, and the performers a pleasure to watch, there's not enough of a structure to justify the effort that's gone into this. Almost a concept without an execution, 'Before Your Very Eyes' comes to rely on clichés more than it does the fresh thinking the setup portends."
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CurtainUp
October 27th, 2015

"A mixture of joy, sorrow, laughter and tears is an almost assured response from the audience as seven child actors ages 9 to 14, pretend to see themselves maturing through progressive stages of life from the present to old age and death...The beauty of 'Before Your Very Eyes' is that we don't feel as if children are giving a performance."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 8th, 2015

"We can readily see ourselves through the eyes of these youngsters, recalling the different stages of our lives and it has great emotional impact. These youngsters, however, may find themselves better prepared as they’re living through life on fast-forward (70 minutes) knowing more about what ultimately awaits them."
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Front Row Center
November 2nd, 2015

"Just as 'Boyhood' earned kudos for doing what Hollywood never does, 'Before Your Very Eyes' gets the same nod. No one does this in theater. So, when it works (again, moments), bravo! And when it doesn’t work (even at 70 minutes it got tedious) still bravo for innovation. If I were a high school drama teacher, I would hope to produce this wonderful piece at my school. If I were just a New Yorker looking for an interesting night out, I could do better."
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