Closed 1h 30m
Come Light My Cigarette
Midtown W
29

Come Light My Cigarette NYC Reviews and Tickets

29%
(56 Reviews)
Positive
4%
Mixed
16%
Negative
80%
Members say
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Banal

About the Show

This suspenseful new musical tells the story of a young actress who has complicated relationships with her father and ex-lover.

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Member Reviews (56)

40
Cliched, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Banal

See it if A few pluses; evocative set & lighting & captivating piano playing Late cameo by Tuckerman as love-lorn lesbian Broadway producer well done

Don't see it if Not the salacious material that's bothersome it's the ineptitude of it's handling. Writer/director Cohen gives no bio in program - nuf said

15
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you wish to spend 90 long minutes wondering why you are in the theater and not somewhere else. Stupid story, poor singing, bad characters.

Don't see it if you like a good story plot, interesting characters and good lyrics.

Critic Reviews (7)

August 18th, 2017

"May be the biggest lulu of all...Wanders so badly, sometimes from line to line, that you can get fixated, wondering what everyone involved thinks he or she is doing...Whole sections of 'Come Light My Cigarette' sound exactly like something Allen Ginsberg threw up after a bad LSD trip...'Come Light My Cigarette' is a classic hot-August special, the kind of entertainment that is all but guaranteed to vanish by Labor Day, when the professionals come back."
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August 20th, 2017

“But Cohen the composer is another matter entirely--his jazz-inflected songs make ‘Come Light My Cigarette’ a gem of a chamber musical. As more and more of the songs are revealed, time and again one is reminded of ‘Trouble in Tahiti.’ And like that classical Leonard Bernstein musical, ‘Come Light My Cigarette’ appears to be set in the 1950's, which the music evokes. So do the busy but impressive set and costumes, both designed by Craig Napoliello.”
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August 17th, 2017

"Just as Vikki gets no respite from her suffering, neither do we—the performance isn’t interrupted by intermission, and Cohen doesn’t divert us with any lighter side stories...The songs...cast a sleepy spell over the production and seem to drift into each other, leaving the detached and ghostly feel of early black-and-white cinema. There’s a certain feeling of numbness and lack of direction, and we feel lost along with Vikki—wondering if a resolution is possible at all."
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August 17th, 2017

"It fails to conjure up any connection to the magical sensual style of the classic cinematic Hollywood crime dramas from the 1940s. It falls in on itself as it tries to blend artificiality and melodrama with realism and authenticity, only to land in a confusing pile of implausibility...What this show needs more than anything is an alternate vision from a strong-minded director who is able to craft this show into something that is cohesive and musically interesting with some wild creativity."
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August 18th, 2017

"So appallingly bad that it’s difficult to know where to begin with its excoriation...Discussions of rape and incest are glossed over by uninspired songs that feel unbearably endless...What is most troubling about the show is writer and director Arnold L. Cohen’s tone deafness. Within the show’s first 15 minutes, he manages to offend every social group possible...Cohen’s attempt at hard-boiled murder mystery dialogue never takes off...I think it’s time to put this cigarette out."
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August 18th, 2017

"The three performers have pleasant voices and sufficient technique to ensure that the show is more tolerable when they’re singing than when they’re not...The turgid libretto never gains much velocity...Sitting among spectators who were drop-jawed at the vulgarity and structural messiness of this musical...Isn’t good enough to be categorized as bad...It’s one of those disasters that the truest theater aficionados pride themselves on catching just in the nick of time."
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August 16th, 2017

“There are countless reasons to place a red circle with a diagonal slash over this crushingly banal, dramatically inept, dully plotted, musically bland attempt at a noirish, three-character musical...Cohen often provides exposition through monologues spoken to no one in particular rather than in dialogue between characters; just as bad, his sentences are larded with pseudo-poetic claptrap in place of believable language…Cohen's direction fails to inspire any sense of conflict or suspense.”
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