How To Load A Musket
Closed 1h 35m
How To Load A Musket
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How To Load A Musket NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(14 Reviews)
Positive
72%
Mixed
21%
Negative
7%
Members say
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant

About the Show

Less Than Rent's new production explores the lives of historical reenactors.

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Member Reviews (14)

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Interesting subject, Quirky, Slow, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're interested in US history (Revol/Civil War). Meet quirky participants in re-enactments. Not much plot, but interesting stories.

Don't see it if you need plot (only arc is abt creating HTLAM). But strg acting, solid staging, Drags a bit. You'll learn how to load/to wear 3-corner hat.

79
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if great acting, actors play multiple parts. Interesting to learn about this world and various outlooks. More like a documentary than a play.

Don't see it if If you don't want to think about the topic of war reenactors or current politics. The play is about an hour and a half, no intermission.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
January 16th, 2020

"A Play About Re-enactors Gets Real: Talene Monahon’s show at 59E59 Theaters feels provocative but unfinished, a pieced quilt of overlapping textures and ideas."
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Time Out New York
January 17th, 2020

3/5 Stars "While much of what the reenactors have to say about the United States, both then and now, is thought-provoking, 'How to Load a Musket' still feels like a work in progress. Monahon's noble effort to give everyone a voice, including herself...results in a kind of cacophony."
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New Yorker
January 17th, 2020

"Monahon draws her interview subjects out beyond the obsessive pointillism of period costumes and replica munitions, and, with the director Jaki Bradley, presents a complex portrait of a darkly peculiar American pastime."
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Theatermania
January 16th, 2020

"How to Load a Musket Takes Aim at Historical Reenactment: Talene Monahon's new documentary play explores why some Americans dress up in Civil and Revolutionary War uniforms."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 16th, 2020

"An auspicious premiere of a sometimes comic, sometimes serious, and always compelling docudrama about the world of Revolutionary War and Civil War reenactors."
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New York Stage Review
January 17th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Talene Monahon's smart new docudrama studies people who re-enact battles from American history"
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Theater News Online
January 16th, 2020

"This compact play provides a smart, funny look into the minds of American war re-enactors."
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TheaterScene.net
January 25th, 2020

"An essay more than a play, with players as opposed to characters, How to Load a Musket is a racist diatribe that fails to make its points coherently. The costumes and appointments on the walls of a black box space say all that there is to say in a play that ultimately leaves one wanting for more."
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Theatre is Easy
January 16th, 2020

"The sentiment of 'How to Load a Musket' is clear, the performances nuanced. Yet, as much of this type of devised theater, the process shines through in lieu of an altogether satisfying script. Perhaps this is the point, as we are forced to decide which storyteller to believe."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 16th, 2020

"'How to Load a Musket' is well worth seeing. It is about passion, finding a foothold in an oft-confusing world, camaraderie, mercy and grace. It's about life. The cast is first-rate, showcasing the play's poignance and relevance."
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