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Incantata NYC Reviews and Tickets

(66 Reviews)
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Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Absorbing, Great staging

About the Show

Irish Rep presents this new solo piece that tells the story of a man celebrating and remembering a great love affair. An elegy to life, love, and loss.

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Hard to understand, both literally and figuratively

See it if you like edgy, messy, daring, loud, esoteric experimental theater. Some people laughed often; some wept at end. Read poem before. Heavy!

Don't see it if you can't connect w poetry (sophisticated/pretentious?) Verses repeated. Slow, dull parts. Strg acting. Thought-provoking. Wasn't for me.

Masterful, Slow, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you like and understand the poem. If you like poetry and a comfortable theater.

Don't see it if If you dont like dark plays, yelling ...paint at walls. Can be slow at times.

Critic Reviews (8)

March 3rd, 2020

CRITIC’S PICK "An Elegy in Words, Video and Potatoes: A solo stage adaptation of Paul Muldoon’s poem considers whether making art can offer solace in the wake of grief."
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February 27th, 2020

"His work is richly allusive, yet accessible and filled with feeling…Sam Yates' production, first seen at the Galway International Arts Festival, is impossibly busy, a festival of distractions that further frustrates any attempt at direct communication between actor and audience."
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February 23rd, 2020

"'Incantata' is a passionate exploration of the complexities of a relationship between two artists. It is a vivid onstage testament to their art, lives, love and loss. And who can't relate to that?"
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February 27th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "Paul Muldoon's feverishly elegiac portrait of a man both crazed and inspired by grief, played by a ferociously committed Stanley Townsend"
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March 7th, 2020

"Some books and movies and poems do not lend themselves to theatricalization, and that's certainly the case with 'Incantata'...Though it's only 80 minutes long, it felt like an eternity--and not only because of the story--but also the telling."
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February 25th, 2020

"There is a freedom here to be ugly, to be truthful, to be honest, and to explore the telling of this story of love and loss."
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March 9th, 2020

"One of the most powerful theatrical experiences of the current off-Broadway season. Throughout the sixty-minute performance, Stanley Townsend embodies the spectrum of Muldoon's emotional reverie."
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February 27th, 2020

"Notwithstanding Townsend's ardent acting or the play's poetic values and the painful loss they express, though, 'Incantata' remains an abstruse poem that lacks the dramatic power to evoke what its title promises-enchantment."
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