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In the Green

From 88 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Slow

About the show

Lincoln Center's world premiere musical offers the origin story of one of medieval history's most powerful and creative women: Hildegard von Bingen. More…

Before she became a healer, a composer, an exorcist, and finally a saint, she was a little girl locked in a cell with her mentor, Jutta. "In the Green" is the tale of two women and the journey that leads one to embrace death, and the other to celebrate the beauty and blemishes of a fully lived life.



Member Reviews (88)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Slow
71
Avg Score

80
Wonderful, Weird, Wacky, Wild

See it if you like experimental musicals. Glorious, all-female voices. Storytelling is confusing, but raises women issues then & now. Untradl staging.

Don't see it if you want a fully coherent story. Read program note before. Innovative approach to biography. Dark material, but some light songs. Stick w/it

85
Introspective, Weird, Exquisite, Unusual rhythms and harmonies, Great singing

See it if Sublime collage of medieval and modern musical elements sung by 3 Hilde's and 2 Jutta's w/band. Feminist story is more fiction than bio.

Don't see it if You won't enjoy a strange, mystical musical experience. The story had its high points but left me deflated. Terrible ending.

64
Gravely dull, Original, Ambitious, Great singing, Earnest

See it if u want to see a visually effective, vocally stunning, but ultimately tedious, bio-musical of Christian mystic/composer Hildegarde of Binge.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in Medieval liturgical-inspired music; you hope for a fully coherent retelling of Hilde's uniquely cloistered life.

Also The "Note from Grace McLean" in the program is essential reading in or... Read more Read less

88
Lovely, Thoughtful, Inventive, Glorious, Unexpected

See it if you are interested in innovative musical theater or questions of belief, obedience to a code or how best to live in a fallen world.

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals to conform to the tradition: this one trespasses in its music, book & staging.

Also A few decades ago, many of us who follow early music fell under the sp... Read more Read less

45
Disappointing, Excruciating, Ambitious, Great music, Great singing

See it if You enjoy avant-garde, innovative music theater with non-linear storytelling & unique music sung beautifully.

Don't see it if You’re interested in learning about the show’s subject - the book is seriously lacking. I phased out for 40 minutes & didn’t miss anything.

75
Quirky, Based on a strange biography, Interesting use of puppets, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if opera like theatricals with intricate layered music intrigues you. The remarkable life of the woman on whom it is based is worth knowing.

Don't see it if you have a low threshold for unfamiliar situations.

83
Avant-garde, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Lady sesh. Powerfully-sung 12th century feminist tract of spiritual individuation. Girl cave-bound with mentor seeking perfected growth.

Don't see it if Feminist self-affirmations with glottal stops.Required belief that women are free to be & a real love of theatre.Mentor and charge in parts.

Also Title = metaphor for freshness, vitality, fertility & physical/spiritu... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if The early year when she is locked away, and very little after her release. Great music, and large part chanting.

Don't see it if Not your typical musical theater. Not happy story.

Also The music and singing (chanting) was beautiful. The ending to me was W... Read more Read less

71
Quirky, Edgy, Disappointing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want to learn about the very interesting story of Hildegard von Bingen. Setting very unusual as is the style of singing and presentation

Don't see it if you want a complete story of Hildegard.This story concentrates mainly on her life in a cell. Singing and story telling style not traditional

Also If you like an unusual presentation of a story with a very talented ca... Read more Read less

10
Indulgent, Awful book, Disjointed, Confusing, Banal

See it if you have 90 minutes of your life that you are willing to give up. Or you have a sado-masochistic streak.

Don't see it if you expect coherence in musical theatre. You want a strong book—this is not the play to see.

Also Music is somewhat interesting but gets very repetitive. The last 10 mi... Read more Read less

69
Avant-guarde, Slow, Confusing, Great singing, Mannered

See it if you enjoy beautiful music, instrumentation, singing and harmonies; stories about historical, religious figures.

Don't see it if Would have liked more info about Hildegard's later years - the person & the mystic; if the play tried to speak to me I didn't hear it.

64
Dizzying, Slow, Great singing, Confusing

See it if You need a good nap, dark atmospheric lighting and a score that is primarily chanting.

Don't see it if You don’t want a depressing experience.

4
Great musicians, Great singing, Boring, Pedantic, Pompous

See it if you want to be preached to.It might appeal to a 20 something audience.I was bored & royally annoyed for all 90 minutes.Singing is great.

Don't see it if can avoid it.Painful. It drags on for 90 minutes.Very symbolic.Very hit the audience over the head sort of a show.Dreadful

92
Vivid, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want to be astonished by the pathological self-denial required of a woman to gain an illusion of control in a punitive medieval world.

Don't see it if prefer an account of a saint's works to a reconstruction of her contemplations; if uninterested in how women’s sin/absolution rationalized.

Also Not sure why so many reviews make it seem like this is alien music whe... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great singing, Excruciating

See it if an analytic look into a Pre-Renaissance Woman and feminism is of interest. Beautiful voices

Don't see it if a linear simple musical dramatic piece is your preference

70
Slow, Historically inaccurate, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you want to see an odd play with fabulous singing. Child/woman is locked up by the church for 30 years had hallucinations then made a saint.

Don't see it if you want an interesting plot to go with the great singing.

80
Weird, Thought-provoking, Mystifying, Original, surrealistic story-telling, Intoxicating, haunting harmonies

See it if you: want to hear some electrifying, chant-like, and ghostly singing and harmonies on stage this season; seek risk-taking, provocative work.

Don't see it if not a fan of feministic, spiritual, and/or female-centric themes; and/or you aren’t open-minded about creative, quirky production decisions.

Also In the Green is rooted in the Medieval story of Hildegard von Bingen a... Read more Read less

76
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if hear beautiful singing to try and tell this story. Non-linear and direction is very quirky. Something one does not see often, refreshing.

Don't see it if Need a simple story line. Is disjointed and may confuse some. Music is beautiful though not memorable.

78
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Very unique and original musical by multi talented, terrific performer Grace McLean.The cast all sing beautifully and the musicians excel

Don't see it if A musical about a 12th century woman who becomes a saint, and her relationship with a mentor is not your everyday fare.

61
Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are really into Catholicism either as a religion or a scholar.

Don't see it if you don't have background knowledge of Hildegard or want something cohesive.

Also For an 80 minute show, I feel like I saw 2 distinct pieces. I was pers... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant story telling ... performance art.

Don't see it if Sold out

77
Great singing, Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Performance driven excellence almost overcomes obtuse dramatic structure

Don't see it if Often head scratchingly weird and unclear one will need to enjoy the musicianship to get through the piece

75
Intelligent, Edgy, Great singing, Quirky

See it if Incredible singing and very talented performers bring to life an 11th century mystic, in a complex and weird real story.

Don't see it if you dislike puppetry and plain sets.

Also This is a play where you will benefit by reading about the subject lon... Read more Read less

84
Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see lots of ideas and innovation onstage in service of a relatively straightforward though conceptual narrative

Don't see it if you prefer straightforward book musicals using traditional scoring and singing techniques

70
Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in medieval history of women. Families with too many kids gave them to the Church. In prison, women achieved creativity.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing historic Church cruelty under the guise of, "Look how much they accomplished in isolation."


June 27th, 2019
"For audacity and opacity it’s hard to top 'In the Green'...Unless you’re already acquainted with the masterworks of Hildegard, you’re unlikely to appreciate Ms. McLean’s splintering riffs on the original. The entire production is steeped in a mixture of archness and earnestness that prohibits em...
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June 27th, 2019
"In its gracelessly blunt lyrics and its gimmicky concepts...the show wears its subtext on its long medieval sleeves. But the music is heavenly...The tunes soar even as the story stays earthbound. Director Lee Sunday Evans can't liven up the inaction...An abrupt and seemingly tacked-on ending bri...
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June 27th, 2019
"Under the elegant, just-playful-enough direction of Lee Sunday Evans, In the Green tells a speculative version of the extraordinary story of Hildegard von Bingen...If 'In the Green' doesn’t always thread the needle with its narrative, it makes up for it with its score. Medieval Christian mystici...
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June 27th, 2019
"Grace McLean's innovative new musical tells the story of Hildegard von Bingen's formative years."
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