The Public Theater and international avant-garde troupe Gob Squad present the US premiere about the lives of seven individuals living in fast forward. More…
UK and Berlin-based Gob Squad returns to the Public with the ambitious 'Before Your Very Eyes,' created over the course of the past two years with 9-14 year olds from around New York City. From behind the safety of one-way mirrors, the audience witnesses seven lives lived in fast forward, from angst-ridden teens to hunched geriatrics. As we adults try to stop the process of aging and preserve youth as long as we can, the children peer into the future and back at their recent past, as they prepare to leave childhood behind forever.
See it if you enjoy watching high-spirited young actors moving and acting spontaneously
Don't see it if you don't think good theater is provided by observing young actors in unstructured play while contemplating the mystery of death; huh?
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.
See it if Interesting concept, energetically presented by a young, engaging cast.
Don't see it if Ultimately depressing. I wondered what the point was.
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.
See it if You'd be satisfied seeing the staging of an okay idea presented with decent use of video but lacking anything else of interest
Don't see it if You expect time and money at The Public to deliver a fleshed-out performance instead of a "project" better suited to a fringe fest
See it if you like media integration in a performance, watching kids do nothing interesting for 70 mins, like shows that try too hard to be cool.
Don't see it if i pulled muscles from rolling my eyes so much...hopefully that tells you something.
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.
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
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
See it if you like experimental work, you are a parent, you want to be reminded of the joy/mystery of life, you are a kid
Don't see it if you hate kids, you need a plot that is spelled out, really love realism
See it if You enjoy experimental theatre. You are want your eyes to be opened. You aren't scared to leave the theater thinking darkly.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy experimental theater. You don't enjoy a strait show with no intermission.
See it if you want to take a minute and have art help you look at the finer things in life. The things worth paying attention to.
Don't see it if Don't want to think about art. This play makes you think and it's going to raise questions.
See it if you like non-traditional narrative theater. refreshing contemporary theater experience
Don't see it if you prefer conventional theater with strictly linear story lines and formally scripted plays.
See it if you love kids. Watching the youngsters in this piece often borders on the sublime.
Don't see it if Overworked metaphors about life, aging, and death aren't your cup of tea.