Nina Conti: In Your Face
West Village
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Nina Conti: In Your Face NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful

About the Show

The Barrow Street Theatre presents Nina Conti's solo show, in which she brings her edgy flair and original touch to the classic art form of ventriloquism.

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75
Masterful, Funny, Fluffy, Uplifting, Unusual

See it if you like to laugh. NC is skillful, funny. Superior parts were scripted and Monkey "alone." Time moved swiftly, except for human puppets.

Don't see it if you're impatient w/improv. Some was brilliant, but not all. The sum of the evening is fluff. Still NC is a force of nature. Read more

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Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful

See it if You are needing a night of laughs and silliness. Appreciate amazing wit and skillful ventriloquism. Love improvisation.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of one person shows. Are afraid on monkey šŸµ puppets.

Critic Reviews (14)

December 14th, 2016

"During Nina Contiā€™s magical production, one becomes entranced by the measure of her phenomenal ventriloquism which is nonpareilā€¦Conti in her New York premiere is flashy, edgy, explosive, daring, ahead of the ventriloquism curve, mind-blowing, singular, jarring, hysterical, shimmering, ironic, iconic and a spinning whirligig of fun. You will miss an exceptional evening (or two or three for each night is unique) if you let this production slip by without seeing it."
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December 16th, 2016

"Unlike ventriloquists of yore who did ba-DUM-bum jokes, Ninaā€™s an uncensored riffer. With the help of Monkey, she gets to be naughty and nice at the same time...Itā€™s a dichotomy that works stunningly well and keeps both the audience and the performer in stitches. Laughter is infectious...Iā€™ve seen other shows with 'improvised' bits before. But Nina Conti is something else entirely...Masterful and side-splitting."
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December 19th, 2016

"Although it appears to be completely effortless, she works hard to turn the pejorative profession around and succeeds with flying colors...Never before has a nylon hand puppet been so simultaneously creepy and hilarious...Conti astonishes with her dexterity, both physically and vocally...Though derisive on the surface, she clearly enjoys laughing with her audience rather than at them and the result is a win/win situation...A quick but incredibly worthwhile night of entertainment."
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December 16th, 2016

"Conti will make you literally laugh your face off with her combination of voice throwing, improvisation, and mask manipulation. You are not going to see anything like this for agesā€¦Itā€™s an early holiday season giftā€¦Nina Conti arrives on stage with enough inner sunshine to light up the 50,000 lights on the 94-foot Norway Spruce at Rockefeller Centerā€¦Thereā€™s no script, only a skill set that leaves you in awe."
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December 21st, 2016

"Not only is Conti a brilliantly skilled ventriloquist and voice thrower, but she is able to improv and riff in different languages and dialects, creating vivid and varied characters...Conti has brilliantly imagined scenarios for herself and her monkey who is controlled by her...This mostly improvised show is true mastery and different every night...Conti is lovely and gracious enough to share the stage, creating a personal atmosphere that leaves the audience feeling like they are old friends."
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August 13th, 2016
For a previous production

"She asks a girl from the front row onstage and attaches a mask to her face. The mask is operated with a pump so that Conti can move the mouth in time with the voice that she has given the girl. The participation is playful, absolutely hilarious and never meanā€¦'In Your Faceā€™ is such a clever and inventive show. While the ventriloquism is what makes it really unique, Nina Conti also boasts excellent improvisation skills. Not to be missed!"
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March 1st, 2016
For a previous production

"It helps that sheā€™s thrown out most of the baggage that accrued to this once-naff art form: the creepiness, the stiffness, the tragic co-dependency. Handy, too, that sheā€™s filled the breach with sass and straight-talk, alongside tonal variety and a ruthless self-awareness. More than that, Conti restlessly pushes at what can be done with her vocal skillā€¦Conti just picks up on her volunteersā€™ body language and, before you know it, personalities develop and scenarios unfold."
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March 2nd, 2016
For a previous production

"To improvise alone, spinning off a multi-character narrative from the merest tics requires both technical mastery and the leap of faith in your abilities not to think about any of that to impulsively work in the moment. That Conti achieves this so apparently effortlessly, generating uncomplicated laughs from a complicated set-up, is a triumph...Thereā€™s a peculiarly half-hearted ending...But when sheā€™s masterminding mayhem, the showā€™s a joy."
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November 28th, 2016
For a previous production

"'In Your Faceā€™ is a frequently mind-blowing mix of script and improvisationā€¦.The real magic is when Conti invites audience members up and transforms them into human dummies with the aid of masks that she operates. It is an old trick, but one that Conti executes with finesse, expertly orchestrating the cartoonish chaosā€¦If you want sheer escapist entertainment this fits the bill. You will see nothing like it onstage this year."
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March 1st, 2016
For a previous production

"A hilarious mix of deadpan ventriloquism and side-splitting audience participationā€¦Conti has the talent to pick up on the smallest gestures from the volunteer and run with them. She exaggerates their smallest idiosyncrasies to uproarious effectā€¦Ventriloquism might be seen as dated and clichĆ©d to such a technological age. However, the refreshing simplicity of ā€˜In Your Faceā€™ is so hilarious and ingeniously put together, that itā€™s a delightful change seeing it on the main stages."
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T
August 12th, 2016
For a previous production

"One of the funniest shows at the Fringe this yearā€¦In Conti, the Fringe has a talent and skill that is still as ā€˜in your faceā€™ as it was 15 years ago when she made her debutā€¦Also on the stage was a rail of plastic face masks that were used throughout the course of a belly-laughter fuelled sixty minutes as Conti enticed a host of audience members from the front row to join her on stage."
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August 8th, 2016
For a previous production

"A new must-see show...The genius in this act is that we all love to laugh at our peers doing silly stuff, most of the time they're not actually that funny, but with Conti in control they gain her quick wit and improvisational prowess, the mundanity of everyday life becomes instantly watchable. The act is equally as funny when Nina is on stage on her own, riffing with her right hand. She's a class act and one you'd be a fool to miss."
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August 31st, 2016
For a previous production

"An ever so slightly stilted start gives way to an impressive performanceā€¦ An extraordinary talent for improvisation makes for an astounding comic actā€¦Sometimes working with over five audience members on stage at once, Conti is constantly sharpā€¦The audience is delighted by her effortless ability to make the ordinary hilariousā€¦Engaging, inventive, and ever so slightly creepy ā€“ ā€˜In Your Faceā€™ is a breath of fresh air, and a success."
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T
August 10th, 2016
For a previous production

"Monkey is such a complete, foul-mouthed little beast, a perfect foil for the demure Conti ā€“ you could happily watch him snipe, leer and bitch all day. Together they are cryingly funnyā€¦The peril of improv is that youā€™re at the mercy of your audience: they need to give you something to work with, and then your human marionettes need to work with you. For this reason, this evening has varying degrees of success."
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