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I Of the Storm

From 36 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent

About the show

In this solo drama, Richard Hoehler plays RJ Bartholomew, a man who loses everything and then rises from the ashes to become the man he was always meant to be. More…

RJ Bartholomew is the Everyman with answers for those questioning Everything. After falling from grace with an agnostic thud, Bartholomew delivers a powerful message with a genuine hope for the future, faith in the universe, and an undying love for mankind. 'I of the Storm' is a riches-to-rags success story revealing that what you seem to lose is always less valuable than what is returned to you by letting go.

1h 15m | Already closed | The Gym at Judson (West Village)

Member Reviews (36)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent
Avg Score

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense

See it if you appreciate the skill required to manipulate language to create mind-boggling poetry and prose, performed flawlesly and passionately.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of rap or of having to focus closely to absorb kaleidoscopic thoughts and ideas that are a linguistic treasure chest.

Entertaining, Slow, Interesting

See it if You like a one-person show, poetry, and/or a different perspective.

Don't see it if You need to be fully engaged throughout the entire show, like something polished, or get distracted easily.

Also Although I liked it, I would have enjoyed fewer angles. Some of the pa... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Slow

See it if One man show, with a philosophical theme, political ideology is what you seek. Relavent timing today.

Don't see it if A dizzying, often confusing, indulgent boring show on the shoulders of one man. Too much material for 90 minute show. Decent acting.

Cliched, Dated, Dizzying, Disappointing, Intense

See it if you want to see a high energy performance.

Don't see it if you are turned off by trite platitudes and cultural appropriations in the guise of liberal (rhymed) preaching.

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You can spare 80 minutes for a brilliant and thought provoking one person piece by a very gifted writer/actor.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained with fluff. If you are unwilling to focus on substantive thought, humorously delivered, that might hit home.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if A one man show. Interesting story great acting.

Don't see it if If you don't like a one man show about his life.

Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You want to be bored to death listening to a man recite a Dr. Suess like poem about his life. Unfortunately it gets annoying after awhile.

Don't see it if You have good taste in theatre.

Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting

See it if RJ Bartholomew gave magnificent performance . Leaving the audience think of about the meaning of life and they measurement of life's journey

Don't see it if Play is fast past willing to think out of the box to get the message of the play. Be open minded about the meaning of life

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if Great acting. Masterful interpretation of the material.

Don't see it if You are not into intense one-man shows.

During previews
Edgy, Slow, Too long

See it if you'd like a spoken "We Didn't Start the Fire". Almost all in rhyming poems that are monotonous or angry.

Don't see it if you don't want to be told everything is bad. No plot, just a man telling you what he thinks in sometimes over-long "poems."

Also The concept is interesting, but some of his "poems" go on and on in th... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Exhausting, Language intensive

See it if You like smart use of language, cultural commentary, or bravura performances.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-man shows or are looking for light entertainment.

Also Poetry punctured by twisted lyrics in American pop standards and hip-h... Read more Read less

October 17th, 2017
“This notion of homelessness as a kind of Zen retreat house would be offensive under any circumstances, but in a city where on seemingly every block there is someone suffering from addiction or mental illness, filthy and alone, it verges on the obscene...Hoehler gives the text more authenticity t...
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October 3rd, 2017
“A remarkable one-man show has returned to NYC for a limited run, but there is nothing limited about it–not its reach, not its timeliness, not the depth to which it touches us…An 80-minute tour de force…sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always riveting and poignant…Out of fragments–movie lines,...
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October 9th, 2017
"Hoehler is the perfect match for RJ Bartholomew’s expansive spoken word text. He mines the depths of this extended 'urban poem' and delivers the richness of the text with absolute perfection...Director Janice L. Goldberg keeps the performance as visually interesting as it is emotionally and spir...
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October 13th, 2017
"Playwright R.K. Bartholomew’s tirade lurches from intriguing to irritating to boring with only passages about the protagonist’s lovely, unexpected relationship to buoy it. Were it perhaps an hour, half revelation, half friendship, it might have held our attention...Hoehler’s focus is consummate,...
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