Bated Breath Theatre Company presents an immersive physical theater piece exploring the rise of branded art in the collision of high art and high finance. More…
Based on stories from auction world insiders, 'Beneath the Gavel' gives audiences an inside look at the only market—besides the stock market—to show up on the front pages of every major newspaper. The show includes opportunities for the audience to bid on and take home works of art. Not a Rockefeller? Bated Breath Theatre Company provides the (fake) money although the art is real!
See it if you know little about the art world and auctions; you want to spend time being amused; enjoy unusual choreography, audience participation.
Don't see it if you prefer a serious play without a lot of clowning around and audience participation; the art world doesn't interest you.
See it if You are interested in art and its creation, valuation, and collection, focussing on art auctions.
Don't see it if You dislike participatory theatre, even if your participation is not actually required.
See it if you're interested in interactive theater, a great ensemble and a sarcastic view of the art world. Have fun with those sitting around you.
Don't see it if you take the business of the art world so seriously you cannot laugh at it. The shenanigans get a little tedious by the end of the play.
See it if You're interested in what art auctions are all about, and how they influence art itself. Fine acting by this cast set in a fascinating world
Don't see it if The world of auction is not interesting. This show had a avant-garde moments that might be a turn off
See it if you are familiar or just fascinated with art auctions and finance and yearn for behind the scenes lessons and insight with a touch of charm
Don't see it if you prefer action to "talky" and didactic drama and do not appreciate dance interspersed with dialog and flash forwards and backwards
See it if you are knowledgeable about the art auction market. Too many insider references ruin it for the uninitiated. Some fun moments, though.
Don't see it if you are not privy to the art world.
See it if You want to learn more about how art is valued and how to run an auction. Not very effective as a play. Not much of a story.
Don't see it if You don't care about paintings and auctions.
See it if you'll have fun with the occasional bidding, you'll enjoy laughing at the art world's absurdities.
Don't see it if you're looking for plot, or depth. There are lots of disconnected scenes, many are done well, but no time for develpment.
See it if This show says it will 'expose' the art auction business. Well not so much. It has a bewildering back-story and hokey pretend auctions
Don't see it if You like plays that you don't have to ask yourself, 'What is happening here?' The cast is clever, perhaps too much so.
See it if you enjoy interactive theater; if you have an interest in art and artists; if you appreciate ensemble acting & interpretive drama.
Don't see it if you're looking for a linear plot; if you want light entertainment
See it if ..you need 101 class in contemporary art and art dealing world. If you enjoy elements of interactive theatre and want to play the "auction".
Don't see it if ..you expect a fully developed narrative. If you don't like physical theatre and can't stand sloppy and cluttered set design.
See it if you're interested in the art world and like interactive theater. Very creative staging, decent acting.
Don't see it if You want a fully fleshed-out drama. Would have liked fewer artsy dance pieces & more scenes explaining the relationships. Confusing ending.
See it if You like art auctions. You like shows with audience participation.
Don't see it if You don't like gimmicks. You don't like shows that pander to the audience.
See it if You have nothing else to do. The play has little structure and terrible flow. Even if you are involved in the auction world it is boring.
Don't see it if I would say just don't see it. Theater 59E59 offers many great productions. This is not one of them.
See it if You are ready to participate and enter the world of art auctions. Most fun I've had at a show in a while.
Don't see it if You can't get behind interpretive dance and art history lessons scattered throughout
See it if ...you don't know anything at all about the art auction world, but would like to; want to be disappointed with the art world
Don't see it if ...you simply love art for art itself, or don't care at all about art.
See it if you want to have some fun and participate in the experience. Smile. Learn about the art world.
Don't see it if You're expecting a traditional theater experience.
See it if you like the Art World. BTG looks at artists, galleries, auctions.Unwieldy shifts in tone and focus; many devices (projection, dance, props)
Don't see it if you want a coherent plot. You'll get an engrossing experience, esply the auctions. Some misfires (like the mini-ballet). Different and fun!
See it if You want to see a really good attempt at something new. This is presented in a very quick fun way almost like watching a music video.
Don't see it if You can't cut them some slack if everything is not perfect. See it with "vision" for what it's MEANT to be and you'll enjoy it much more.
See it if You want to see a clever, expressive, sort of experimental piece about modern art with a fun auction twist. I learned a lot from the show.
Don't see it if Shows about the art world done with a bit of dance and visual styling is of no interest to you.
See it if you have any interest in painting, galleries, artists, etc. Part dance performance, part play, part auction, part educational venue, all fun
Don't see it if you are not ready to have a good time and enter into the fun. Be prepared to bid on the artwork and everything that goes with the auction
See it if you want to see something engaging and entertaining. what it lacks in clarity and cohesion is made up for with a good, fun time.
Don't see it if you have no interest in modern art, don't like being confused and going with the flow, or take yourself too seriously
See it if You like to be involved in a show and interact with the actors and the story. And are interested in the art world.
Don't see it if A play with a straight ahead plot and where you sit in the dark and watch the action instead of being part of it
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