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Hundred Days

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Absorbing, Quirky

About the show

New York Theatre Workshop presents a musical about how Abigail and Shaun of the folk-rock duo the Bengsons met and fell in love, and how that unleashed their fear of mortality. Previously seen at the Under the Radar. More…

A folk-punk dream like you've never experienced. Shaun and Abigail Bengson's 'Hundred Days' unleashes an exhilarating and raw story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had a hundred days to live.


Member Reviews (212)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Absorbing, Quirky
78
Avg Score

80
Ambitious, Edgy, Great singing, Quirky, Resonant

See it if Concert cum performance art cum bio-drama powerfully sung & performed by charismatic Bengsons Focus more on Abigail's story w/mixed results

Don't see it if Elegant staging by Kauffman can't mask song cycle's innate self-absorbed quality But songs are both heart-felt & poignant enough to win out

81
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if ...you like smart alt rock or folk music, & would like to see the genre extended & expanded -- a "concept album" in the flesh.

Don't see it if ...you require a play -- this is not that, & has only one, extended (& touching) scene; the rest of the story is told in song.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Romantic, Raw

See it if you're a fan of folk rock music, unconventional narratives, intimate love stories like Once, or powerful voices (Abigail's voice is INSANE).

Don't see it if you don't enjoy folk rock music. This performance has a concert feel with a narrative interwoven. But it's all in the music.

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you want to see two supporting performers—Jo Lampert and Reggie D. White—steal the show from Abigail and Shaun Bengson!

Don't see it if you are not interested in a new genre: concert as theatre.

Also It was frustrating to know what the "storm" was that affected so many ... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent, Slow

See it if ...you are a fan of unconventional music. The story is sweet, but slight. The performers were engaging.

Don't see it if I did not care for the music. I found it tuneless and self-indulgent. The show was basically a concert with story. I was bored.

85
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy soul searching pieces that relate to real life scenarios and charm you

Don't see it if whimsy, edgy, operetta style pieces are not your cup of tea

95
Absorbing, Unique, Great music, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you want something outside the typical theatregoing experience. It's concert-style blending reality and fiction. Truly captivating.

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional, big ol' fashioned musical.

88
Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Absorbing, Quirky

See it if love story of the Bensons told in a concert format with some dialogue in between songs; wonderful folk-rock music - some very moving

Don't see it if you want more of a traditional musical with elaborate staging; would be put off by loud music (& much drumming) which can hide the lyrics

Also While the Bengsons do most of the singing, some solos by others - Jo L... Read more Read less

60
Loud, slow, repetitious

See it if you liked Janis Joplin. The lead sings like her.

Don't see it if If you don't like loud rock-ish music. Story is slow and goes nowhere. Girl meets guy, they marry, they make music together. That's it.

66
Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if Enjoy indie-rock music and wish to hear the story of a couple.

Don't see it if Read the reviews which really praised this so I was disappointed.

70
Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You like a love story set to music wherein fear of mortality is addressed & overcome.

Don't see it if You are not interested in hearing Abigail & Shaun's story. It is all about them.

85
Absorbing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Intense

See it if You like indie/folk/rock. Want to walk out of the theater in deep thought. Enjoy theatre that isn't bound by traditional devices.

Don't see it if Prefer traditional book style musicals. Dislike the above genres. Are just looking for a "light" show.

Also A Hundred Days was a very special show for me. I saw it twice, once ne... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Well intentioned but needs editing

See it if new composers and writers are of interest; fine musicianship; interesting concept; talented performers

Don't see it if over-amplified performance that disguises the important lyrics drives you nuts; multiple storylines poorly delineated frustrates you.

Also Definitely some real talent contributed to this performance but it nee... Read more Read less

80
Romantic, Electric, Unconventional

See it if you absolutely love folk-rock music.

Don't see it if a concert with a story line is not traditional enough for you.

Also the bottom line is Abigail Bengson's voice alone warrants the price of... Read more Read less

71
Cliched, Indulgent

See it if A musical concert with storyline about falling in love

Don't see it if A tale of meeting and developing a relationship is of no interest to you. Add a number of songs to move it along.

72
Great sound design, Effective lights-as-decor, Non-theatrical songs well performed, Can a concert be a satisfying play?

See it if you love the Bengsons, indie rock, Jo Lambert (underused but vital), the vibe of Portlandia, are into a concert staging

Don't see it if you're expecting a full fledged play; you are impatient with existential whimsy; you want plot

Also The performers are eminently likable, ace musicians, and the music is ... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing, Romantic, Ambitious

See it if You love theatrical concerts with beautiful music and voices.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional show rather than an operatic experience.

75
Girl meets boy, falls in love, and gets married 3 weeks after they meet

See it if how would you behave if you thought the man you just met and already love, will die in 100 days? Awesome songs and fabulous vocals.

Don't see it if wonderful indie/rock theatrical concert with a storyline that traces the Bengsons courtship; important details missing in this story.

Also Autobiography by husband/ wife Shaun and Abigail Bengson. Amazing song... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Romantic, Loud

See it if you like loud rock musicals

Don't see it if seek theatre with a linear plot.

76
Confusing, Entertaining, Dizzying, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you want some good songs inventively delivered.

Don't see it if you want characters to care about

90
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Must see, Masterful

See it if a different style musical excites you. A love story that is real staged like a concert/musical about the real band leaders. Brilliant!

Don't see it if you need the typical basic run of the mill theater musical.

70
Entertaining, Quirky, Clever

See it if you enjoy Indie rock and lovely staging. If you are Jo Lampert fan, though it will leave you wanting more of her - wanting her to be lead.

Don't see it if you don't care for indie rock and are looking for much of a story. It's pretty whisper thin on story.

75
Great singing, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You like the Bengsons and especially if you like Jo Lampert, who is amazing on backup (as she is on everything she does).

Don't see it if You don't care for a scripted meltdown and a bit of screaming onstage.

76
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you love rock and folk music and enjoy possibilities and fantasy and hope. you appreciate exceptional talent.

Don't see it if you prefer straight drama or comedy or if you dislike rock and or folk music.

100
Absorbing, Epic, Great singing, Intense, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy outside the box theatre. It’s a folk punk rock opera/memoir/set piece. Brave, funny, stunning, all the adjectives.

Don't see it if It doesn’t sound like your thing. It’s insanely specific and really will not be for everyone. Read up/listen to a Bengsons song or two.

Also THIS SHOW. Is one of my favorite pieces I’ve seen in a very long time.... Read more Read less


December 4th, 2017
"A luminous musical memoir...Staged with resonant economy by the talented Kauffman, with sharp and subtle movement direction, 'Hundred Days' is cabaret as cri de coeur, and it is advisable to watch it with a handkerchief...The shift in focus from outside to inside clarifies and intensifies what w...
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December 7th, 2017
"Director Anne Kauffman plays against the internal emotional extremism of the material with an elegantly spare staging...Though only 75 minutes long, 'Hundred Days' has a slow, deliberate sensibility, in keeping with the Bengsons’ ways of dealing with death: not to outrun time but to force it to ...
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December 4th, 2017
"A deceptively simple affair: a stage largely unadorned save for musical instruments, a book by playwright Gancher that gives a voice both wry and poignant to the story of the Bengsons’ meeting and marriage, and of course, a collection of lush, plaintive, soaring songs...Shaun is a model of the c...
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December 4th, 2017
"Despite its rollicking indie rock- and folk-flavored score, it feels entirely like TMI...There's little dramatic tension derived from watching the couple making moony eyes at each other, and their profuse declarations of love become more than a little grating...All this is a shame, because their...
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