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City Stories

From 38 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Original, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the show

Part of the Brits Off Broadway fest, this musical exploration of love, magic, and the city of London features six stories performed in rotating rep. More…

What happens when someone tells you that you're the answer to the riddle of life? What happens when a stranger in Starbucks gives you something that will change your world forever? What happens if the world starts to fall asleep, hour by hour? A haunting journey fusing drama and live music, 'City Stories' is a new type of cabaret drama, a sequence of interwoven romantic stories that's also a love letter to London. Although there are six stories in all, only four are performed at each show.


Member Reviews (38)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Original, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
75
Avg Score

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like beautiful acting, the show challenges notions of love in a demonstrative, yet delicate way. Very well done.

Don't see it if Monologue-ish pieces are not your thing.

75
Clever, Great acting

See it if love the idea of cabaret seatin but too many seats provided for the small space . Singer/pianist excellent as well as 3 of the Brit actresse

Don't see it if coninued.. dreamy supernatural subconscious thoughts... should do 3 tales in each perf. as to see all 6 you must catch 3 perf Love the Brits

72
Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Original, Good music

See it if you enjoy cabaret mixed with futuristic leanings. Attractive performers tell stories. The pianist plays and sings familiar and original

Don't see it if you need closure. Most of the stories drift off rather then end. The cabaret set up makes for squashed seating areas without table service?

65
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if you want to hear some great songs written and performed by Rosabella Gregory. Wonderful use of language affixed to hokey stories.

Don't see it if you do not feel comfortable in a cramped cabaret-style seating venue. This is made even worse by the lack of air conditioning!

87
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy an unusual cabaret with beautiful and poetic stories accompanied by haunting and mesmerizing music. I was totally caught up in it.

Don't see it if you don't like story telling, poetry or a lovely woman singing sweet/sad songs in an interesting voice.

69
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want to be bored. The acting is terrific, but the writing play itself is too predictable and goes nowhere.

Don't see it if you like thought provoking theatre.

82
Entertaining, Great acting, Original

See it if Quite original. Each story was poignant and interesting.

Don't see it if you don't like cerebral.

74
Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Slow

See it if you enjoy short narration-drive stories that express humanity and ask thought-provoking questions; some more captivating than others

Don't see it if you dislike monologues/on-stage narration; you need more than simplistic staging; you dislike table seating

48
Banal, Cliched, Quirky

See it if you like your shows to have an identity crisis -- this one's not sure if it wants to be a cabaret, spoken word piece, or conventional play

Don't see it if you expect any of the above forms to be represented well.

75
Charming singer-pianist bookended each pas de deux, 4 romantic playlets w/ casts of 2-3 actors, Playlets dominated by monologue-storytelling, Part of the annual brits-off-broadway play festival

See it if If U like shows in a place so intimate U may need a shoehorn 2 wedge yourself into your seat, w/ actors so close they make deep eye-contact.

Don't see it if If U dislike monologue-storytelling dominating dialogue, British accents, romance without physical intimacy, & a singer that steals the show

78
Quirky, Wistful, Romantic, Presentational

See it if Enjoy vignette or monologue style contemplations of love and self, for the apt and original songs nicely woven in throughout

Don't see it if Don't enjoy being crammed into a space of uncomfortable and loud chairs, looking for a through plot and realistic stories

60
Slow, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to spend a quiet 2 hours with piano music and someone reading stories to you.

Don't see it if you like dazzling visual design or fast-paced plot with high energy choreography.

88
Absorbing, Allegorical, Poetic, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you are open to fluid, open-ended poetic stories that are romantic in origin but encompass highly individual and introspective experiences.

Don't see it if You need tightly pulled together plots; a dreamy mix of reality and reverie would try your patience; expository songs aren't your cup of tea

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy being told a story by people whose mere words paint the scene for you with soft poetic piano bar-esque music complementing same.

Don't see it if you dislike monologue heavy, thought provoking productions; seek a musical with flashy song and dance numbers; dislike female storytelling.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Romantic, Refreshing, Original

See it if You enjoy British love stories, or descriptive shows. It's told, not shown, but works fantastically

Don't see it if You don't like cabaret style theatre, or don't like lyrical monologues and fantastical events or love stories

83
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great singing

See it if wonderful creative great music and acting

Don't see it if you do not like things that are avant garde

66
Disappointing, Intense, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like presentational & minimalist theatre, intimate spaces as well as a unique melding/genre of "stage" performance.

Don't see it if You want MORE than a monologue/narrator telling a story underscored by indie music or prefer fully produced theatre with substance

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like intimate, up close and personal theater experiences

Don't see it if you like musicals or straight forward dramas with simple plots.

79
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You like chamber theatre, with the emphasis on the written and spoken words.

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional theatre production.

80
Romantic, Original, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Like romance and stories about relationships.

Don't see it if Like to see musicals

91
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Original

See it if You enjoy listening to stories, and can't get enough of the British accent! See it if you like small, intimate theater.

Don't see it if You can't sit still in a folding chair!

87
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like excellently acted, transcendent storytelling with an enchanting musical element, and if you like British culture.

Don't see it if You are expecting full-on musical theatre or prefer superficially entertaining sentimentality over deeply affecting, meaningful work.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Original, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you enjoy a descriptive play that is told through excellent performances that manage to engage the audience. Amazing singer and pianist!

Don't see it if you're after a big, over the top cabaret production with glitz and glamour!

30
Ambitious, Banal, Great singing

See it if music and singing

Don't see it if not enough of music and singing stories were boring and confusing

95
Clever, Exquisite, Intelligent, Original, Great singing

See it if if you like unusual stories of love and romance and as a bonus great piano accompaniment.

Don't see it if don't like minimal decorations, intimate setting, long dialogs


May 17th, 2016
"The London that exists in the mind of James Phillips, who created these six short plays is a wondrous, languid place made of silky metaphor...For this seductive and consistently well-acted production, Theater B at 59E59 is set up cabaret-style, which helps it seem only logical that each play is ...
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May 21st, 2016
"The poignant stories have just the right touch of fantasy that leaves a great deal to the imagination…The music in 'City Stories' is the ideal complement and the prose is enthralling. Experience these fascinating journeys into longing, love and life."
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May 17th, 2016
"James Phillips writes so beautifully that one wishes he would find more interesting things to write about. 'City Stories,' is filled with striking turns of phrase and observations that linger in the mind, but the stories themselves are marked by a whimsical, airy-fairy quality that can prove clo...
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May 25th, 2016
"Each of the actors in the ensemble is featured in at least two stories, and each play has been directed meticulously by the playwright, who made sure to spend time differentiating the roles his actors from one play to the other...A seamless production in many ways, Phillips’ latest is nothing sh...
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