Duat NYC Reviews and Tickets

(32 Ratings)
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Ambitious, Great singing, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Soho Rep presents Daniel Alexander Jones' new play with music, which marks the return of his stage alter ego: the vivacious Jomama Jones.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (32)

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61 Reviews | 15 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to be completely immersed in a play you know absolutely nothing about. If you like long discussions on "what just happened??"

Don't see it if You prefer straight forward storylines and if you don't like themes around racism and homosexuality.

267 Reviews | 51 Followers
Epic, Sprawling, Dizzying, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You are interested in a highly original and moving presentation of a mixed-race and homosexual childhood.

Don't see it if You are looking for a linear plot or are uncomfortable with depictions of homosexuality or racial tensions. Read more

72 Reviews | 10 Followers
Edgy, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you are interested in issues of identity. You enjoy non-linear, thought-provoking theater.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable exploring various forms of identity including race, gender, and sexuality.

1061 Reviews | 310 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like original productions with a cast that works hard to deliver entertainment with meaning.

Don't see it if you purely want to be entertained as this material is well thought out.

185 Reviews | 71 Followers
Entertaining, Confusing, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if you like both the introspective storytelling staring a queer person of color of the first act and the spectacle of the last

Don't see it if you want the storyline to even resemble something linear

754 Reviews | 127 Followers
Ambitious, Great singing, Great writing, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you are open to theatrical surprises. The first act is completely unlike the second. Both acts have beautiful singing and poetic writing.

Don't see it if continuity is important to your theatrical experience. There are three deeply varied and only normally connected sections.

52 Reviews | 17 Followers
Confusing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you like hearing from queer, non-white voices, if you enjoy compelling performances, or if you like being a little out of your comfort zone.

Don't see it if you want your story to be completely resolved or if you don't like the breaking of the fourth wall or interaction with performers.

57 Reviews | 19 Followers
Clever, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if your looking for the downtown theatre experience. Theatre that is cleverly written, creative but challenges the traditional narrative.

Don't see it if If your not comfortable with the gay-themed stories, musically heavy or a text-heavy production.

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
October 25th, 2016

"Jones’s hearts-and-flowers-themed exploration of life and what lies beyond. This buoyantly didactic show takes gentle pains to remind us that our next breath could well be our last...This sui generis performance piece has been given a sumptuously homemade production under the direction of Will Davis...The sequence is defiantly unlike either of the other two parts in 'Duat,' yet it is also thoroughly of a piece with them...For Mr. Jones, there’s comfort in eclecticism."
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Time Out New York
October 25th, 2016

"A luxury of theatrical overabundance. Writer-performer Daniel Alexander Jones and his ’80s soul superstar alter ego Jomama Jones are serving up a kind of gourmet tasting menu—a flight of Joneses, or Jones three ways. Each section in the evening's triptych is in a genre by itself...After many pleasures, we finally move into the piece's most musical sequence and we are stunned by the talents before us...Jones is fully capable of measuring our hearts, but he doesn't. He lightens them instead."
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New Yorker
November 7th, 2016

"'Duat' is a complicated piece whose ideas are too big to work onstage. One gets the sense that Jones and his director didn’t want to leave anything out of this overstuffed production...Jones has a scholar’s love of black art, but everything gets further confused in the second part of the show...In 'Duat,' Jones is dramaturgically at war with his most inspired creation, one that benefits from the freedom of his imagination, not from the limitations of his 'truth.'"
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October 25th, 2016

"'Duat' is a show unlike any other playing in New York...'Duat' brims with ideas, not all of them fully developed. Under the laissez-faire direction of Davis, the piece jumps between Jones' personal narrative to sections about Egyptology and pop divas...A lack of narrative clarity regularly leaves us feeling lost in Jones' expansive spiritual and intellectual kingdom...Still, the enchantment of discovering a world so big and unexplained is a feeling one rarely encounters outside of childhood."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 26th, 2016

"Having worked hard, and effectively, to establish a certain mood in Act I, Jones executes a sharp left turn, dragging the show into someplace altogether different...Where did the poetry go? If the director, Will Davis, can't reconcile the show's opposing halves, he has cast the production well and maintains a warm, affable feeling throughout...There are many, many fine things in 'Duat' but, as it stands, they are in need of sorting out."
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October 28th, 2016

"Directed by Will Davis, 'Duat' is a powerful example of the dynamism of collaboration and personal inspiration. Distinctly unique and featuring a young and effervescent ensemble of actors, in 'Duat' Daniel Alexander Jones has created a wonderful homage to his alter-ego and life in the form of a memorable and rousing piece of theater."
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Theatre is Easy
October 25th, 2016

"'Duat' is a most sincere and ardent confession, delivered with a kaleidoscope of a theatrical magnum opus. Daniel/Jomama Jones does not spend a single moment on stage without being thoroughly captivating. The writing is simply breathtaking...'Duat' certainly promises an experience to be remembered, and moreover, to be pondered upon, as the audience exits with seeds of hope planted in their hearts."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 25th, 2016

"Its high concept is American avant-garde art...The goal of these themes to connect, however, was a fail, resulting in the opposite: a play that couldn’t make up its mind about what it wanted to be, with no apparent arc, no journey, and nothing new to say...To his credit, the cast of talented performers gave Jones and director Will Davis, who helped develop the piece, 100 percent...'Duat' ends up feeling like a self-indulgent piece that needs to go back to the drawing board."
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