A FringeNYC Encore: Sex! Murder! Insanity! John Philip Sousa! Enjoy all this and more in this darkly comic play about the scandal surrounding Evelyn Nesbit, Harry K Thaw, and the murder of famed architect Stanford White. More…
Synapse Theatre Ensemble presents Louis Aquiler and Chris D'Amato history-inspired play. New York, 1906. Heir to a vast fortune, Harry Kendal Thaw spends most of his days gambling, recklessly pursuing his curious sexual appetites, consuming incredible amounts of cocaine, and generally scandalizing all of New York high society. Two things in the world command Harry’s attention: Evelyn Nesbit, the 'girl on the red velvet swing,' idolized as a paragon of beauty and innocence, and famous architect Stanford White, who possesses an unnaturally large mustache. A powder keg of anger, betrayal, madness and violence leads to the crime of the century.
See it if You enjoy historical dramas about significant events in American history that remain relevant.
Don't see it if You're not interested in stories of mental illness or murder -- whether factual or fictitious.
See it if you are interested in an historical event about which few are aware; are interested in the miscarriages of justice.
Don't see it if history doesn't interest you at all.
See it if interested in the 1906 Stanford White, Evelyn Nesbit, Harry Thaw murder trial, & birth of "Dementia Americana" defense update to "Twinkie"
Don't see it if not interested in talky history lesson with appeals that we do something about it
See it if you want to know about the REAL Crime of the Century (not OJ!). Accurate and powerful, it's about the Monica Lewinsky of the Gilded Age.
Don't see it if you don't want to know about one of the most fascinating, accomplished, brilliant and intelligent men of the last century, Stanford White.
See it if you'll enjoy seeing a young enthusiastic company in a play about a sensational event in US history--the murder of architect Stanford White.
Don't see it if you dislike inserting a REAL person who had nothing to do with a historical event into it or preachy plays that have to TELL you the moral.
See it if you're ready for a cure for all the bad theatre you might've been seeing lately; delightful performances & timely script tightly presented.
Don't see it if you're easily confused by imaginative narrative or staging, have no interest in history or current events or in innovative theatre.
See it if you like very well acted NYC historical FICTION with relevance to today.
Don't see it if you don't like having a real person who was NOT around during the events acting as narrator. Easy to question event details.
See it if you like NY history, architecture, scandal, and crazy rich people
Don't see it if you are angered by the super wealthy and their ability to be above the law
See it if you enjoy seeing theatre about historical figures. I found there to be some intense moments and good use of staging.
Don't see it if don't care for narrative theatre. We're told more then shown. Didn't get a sense of the time period from many of the actors.
See it if You enjoy literate, soaring scripts. And a production with immensely skillful, clever direction - plus D'amato's knockout Thaw.
Don't see it if You need to see a seasoned, finished production - this is the Fringe, right? Be happy you got to see them when...
See it if are in mood for a deeply dramatic period piece with contemporary relevance and extraordinary acting.
Don't see it if you want a lighthearted musical experience.
See it if U like gossipy nyc history, like when actors solidly play multiple roles. The Harry Thaw actor specifically caught lots of attention.
Don't see it if you're easily distracted by 1906 dialog peppered anachronistically with modern terms "wow" "huggies!" and the like.
See it if you want to see theater tackle difficult subjects (mental illness, power of money) in an absorbing way. I give it a B/B+ grade.
Don't see it if you dislike violent depictions and want a completely true historical account.
See it if ...you like shows based on a true story, you like witty writing and fantastic acting, you like seeing a lot of characters with a small cast.
Don't see it if ...you have no interest in history, are triggered by sociopaths, don't want to support small theatre.
See it if you'd enjoy a fascinating true crime story from the turn of last century, with deeper socioeconomic, legal and psychological implications
Don't see it if you're too young for some of the mature subject matter?
See it if you've got a flair for darkness and have been uncomfortable with the political climate of late
Don't see it if you're made uneasy by simulated (sexual) violence and vulgarity
See it if You're interested in historical dramas more fantastical than fiction that leave you with something to think about.
Don't see it if You have triggers for violence or sexual abuse.
See it if You are interested in an obscure character and story in history whose lessons are especially poignant today.
Don't see it if You are waiting for it to get to a bigger better theater. Then see it there.