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Hundred Days

From 211 member  reviews
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 (211)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like simple settings that enhance the storytelling. Lovely music and singing - all from the heart, reminding you that life is special.

Don't see it if you want a lot of characters and a 'play'. This is more like a concert but one with great music.

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.

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You like indie music (some people complained it was loud, but I had no problem) and want too see a crossover concert / show.

Don't see it if If you are expecting a convention musical, or need to understand every word in order to follow the drift.

80
Great singing, Personal, Great writing, Enchanting, Romantic

See it if you enjoy concert-musicals, you want amazing songwriting and singing, you want bare-bones storytelling, you want to witness amazing lighting

Don't see it if you want a piece of theatre that feels 'finished,' you care for 'plot' instead of storytelling and music

85
Great writing, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like folk-pop music and shows set in a minimalistic, concert-like setting.

Don't see it if you prefer plot-heavy classic musicals with elaborate staging or aren't a fan of the folk genre.

48
Banal, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Free!

Don't see it if Someone needs to tell these white hipsters their story isn't that interesting.

79
Loved music even if storytelling is a bit off

See it if you want to hear some great music. The singing was beautiful and rocking.

Don't see it if you want a clear story. The story line is weak, with not enough meat to it. Some beautiful music but not enough story.

75
Great singing, Ambitious, Intimate, Not very theatrical

See it if Essentiallly an alternative folky concert telling a story. But wonderful singing and creative movement/choreography and lighting.

Don't see it if A true story about falling in love and fear of death sounds indulgent or too intimate for you. You want Broadway type music or hate folk.

Also I liked most of the music very much and really admire the singing. The... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Quirky, Edgy, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a truly unique theatrical concert experience. The Bengsons are singular talents, and Anne Kauffman's direction is exceptional

Don't see it if you need elaborate scenery/costumes, or a traditional plot to enjoy a show. This is a concert elevated to its highest, most theatrical level

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You like a compelling story that has great acting It’s innovative Love the music

Don't see it if You don’t like folk rock music

50
Excruciating, Slow, Overly personal, Loud, Assaulting

See it if You want to hear a very loud band tell the story of the romance of the leads in the band, you don’t care about storyline or play.

Don't see it if If you expect a cohesive play with music; this is a performance which holds very little interest after the initial few minutes

75
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like to hear live music with interesting arrangements and harmonies.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional show. This is more of a concert with talking.

50
Unnecessary, Pointless, Talented cast, Not really theatre, First world problems

See it if You like indie folk-rock and are open to a concert + storytelling format. You heart hipster love stories and questioning existence.

Don't see it if You are expecting actual theatre, you believe that theatre should have stories that matter, you don’t like indie folk rock.

Also Saw at La Jolla Playhouse. What was the point of this? Felt like a way... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Poignant

See it if You'd like to spend a relaxing and ultimately emotional 90 minutes with a sweet couple singing about their marriage and its vulnerableness.

Don't see it if You like theater with more bite and a larger scope. Are turned off by emotional appeals for empathy for possible immanent death that isn't.

86
Edgy, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you like folk/edgy rock and are willing to take a wild ride

Don't see it if you are not interested in something that is more of a concert than a show

70
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you want to experience a folk-rock concert featuring beautiful lighting effects and an intricate soundscape.

Don't see it if you want to attend a play.

Also The shimmering falling-sand lighting effects are The Best Reason to se... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Romantic, Resonant

See it if you like an alt folk rock experience about a different love story

Don't see it if You want to be constantly stimulated, there are lull periods

98
Glorious songs in this achingly moving and life-affirming show ...

See it if as performer Abigail (of The Bengsons, Abigail & Shaun)would probably say, what other choice do you (we) have but to see this wonderful show

Don't see it if you do not enjoy rock music splendidly performed.

78
Great singing, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if You appreciate concert-style or concept album musicals where the medium is almost as important as the message.

Don't see it if You prefer a more traditional, straightforward musical with an easy-to-track plot.

85
Ambitious, Great singing, Romantic, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if You enjoy folk/punk music played by excellent musicians.

Don't see it if You enjoy shows with a straightforward narrative.

40
Great staging, Insipid, Quirky

See it if You wish the average concert had more melodrama, or you're obsessed with Jo Lampert

Don't see it if You're not interested in a self-indulgent concert/musical/thing that doesn't amount to much of anything

82
Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if you have in interest in unique musical storytelling.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional musical.

99
Quirky, Masterful, Engrossing, Rockypoppybluesy, Worth it

See it if This show feels like a heightened night of cabaret and it's a totally engrossing and worthwhile evening. The performances are great!

Don't see it if If you don't like good music or just want to see trash like Miss Saigon you won't like it. No costumes and no dancing to speak of.

86
Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you remember concept albums, enjoy excellent singing and committed performers. Also, if you appreciate lighting

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional play

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Masterful, Romantic

See it if You love great live music on stage, you can just sit back and listen to accoustic folk rock, you love to watc passionate musical performance

Don't see it if You are looking for, spectacular visual effects, giant crazy sets, a multi acted out story.


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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