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Inner Voices 2016

From 36 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Disappointing

About the show

Premieres presents its biannual series of new solo musicals. This batch touches on fear, friendship, and fantasy. More…

In 'Just One Q,' bitter enemies Bertha and Julynne duke it out at the Broadbend Nursing Home over a game of Scrabble. Benny (T. Oliver Reid), an orderly, narrates the history of their acrimonious relationship. 
In 'The Pen,' an everyday morning becomes anything but when a seemingly innocuous obstacle shatters Laura's (Nancy Anderson) routine and threatens her prompt arrival to work. Ghosts of the past collide with present-day demons as she struggles to rise above her compulsion and leave her apartment.
In 'The Booty Call,' a young man (Michael Thurber) receives a booty call while creating a demo of his recent compositions.  The call sends him off on an existential musing of his past experiences with love and intimacy, shedding an honest light on the reflections of a late-20s male living the single life in New York City.

Member Reviews (36)


Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Disappointing
Avg Score

Great singing, Entertaining, Refreshing, New music, Clever

See it if You're interested in hearing new music. You're interested in seeing musicals in the development phase. You like 1-performer pieces.

Don't see it if You want to hear more established music. You don't like one-performer pieces. You want more fully developed musicals.

Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Great singing, Must see

See it if You appreciate clever viniettes with novel, varied, resonant themes, brilliant book and excellent musical performances by solo actors.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span (show, including intermission, is over two hours long) or dislike musicals, solos or challenging themes.

Great singing, Disappointing, Slow, Dizzying

See it if You want to to see 3 quick stories that get increasingly better. Singing was good, the last one by far the best

Don't see it if You want the entire show to keep your attention without yawning

Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting

See it if three great different monologues about love, deception, compulsion, emotional vulnerability, and human connections. Deep, insightful,witty

Don't see it if you are not ready for self-reflection, or if you don't like monologues.

Also Nancy Anderson gives an electric performance in The Pen. The voice of ... Read more Read less

Long, Disappointing, More opera than musical, All overwritten

See it if The first piece is the weakest. One actor sings 3 characters for a very long time. Tempo is too fast for clear definition of characters.

Don't see it if you don't like operatic pieces that are over-written.

Also Nancy Anderson is wonderful in the second piece, playing a woman with ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intriguing, Unique, Refreshing, Mixed

See it if you want to see two great actors bring some interesting new musical theatre work to life and you are very patient.

Don't see it if you can't stay focused for 2 hours and 10 minutes of three wildly different musical monologues.

Also The nature of a production like this means it's not going to be able t... Read more Read less

3 interesting minimusicals!

See it if You like 30 minute, minimalist one performer musicals with talented people and content ranging from very funny to very sad.

Don't see it if The above does not appeal to you

Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Enjoyable

See it if something enjoyable with great singing and acting.

Don't see it if if you do not enjoy show "cases".

Dated, Slow, Great singing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you like quality singing voices no matter the topic. You can wait out first 2 to get to the 3rd which is topical, current, fun.

Don't see it if if you can't sit through 2 dull performances and can't wait to bolt!

Indulgent, Ambitious, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like the idea of seeing three stories that couldn't be more different, or if you like to see actors performing monologues.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span, because you will be with the same person and story for about 30-40 minutes at a time.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You want to really understand what it feels like to have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Nancy Anderson's monolog is a perfect description.

Don't see it if The other two monologs are not interesting.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You like Nancy Anderson in a great performance that's exaggerated but hilarious

Don't see it if You are impatient to get to Nancy Anderson and must endure an unclear riff on seniors in rest home or to go before last part.

Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An astounding three act one-person theatrical experience that is profoundly poignant, heartbreaking,!imaginative and brilliant

Don't see it if Anyone not interested in a one man show with three very diversified acts touching on a multitude of emotions

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy life stories told via solo musical performance especially incorporated with live musical accompaniment.

Don't see it if You don't like solo theater performance, You desire greater exploration of issues rather than a more concise pointed story.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want a sophisticated evening of unique musical theatre pieces performed by some of Broadway's best.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy solo performances

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like non-traditional musical theatre and unconventional storytelling.

Don't see it if You are looking for a flashy show with big dance numbers and an elaborate set.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant, Clever

See it if you enjoy smart and nurtured works of collaborative theatre, you want to see three brilliant performers show off their well-honed skills

Don't see it if you don't like monologue performances, you want every nuance blatantly explained, you want to see something familiar

During previews
Uneven, Part 1--tedious, Part 2--admirable, Part 3--great music

See it if you like one-person musicals where the characters don't really do much but explain things to the audience.

Don't see it if you can't handle sitting through one piece which is less than compelling (to put it mildly) to get to the next two, which are better.

During previews
A mixed bag, Dizzying, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you like solo shows. 3 of them. Each one went on too long.

Don't see it if you hate over amplification in a small space. Why? Why? Why?

During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience something different. You like scenes acted out via song. Simple yet effective staging. You want to smile.

Don't see it if You want a big production. You don't like singing. You don't want to feel good about what's happening on stage

During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if The idea of mini-operas is appealing, a complete story told in 45 minutes in intriguing, if you want to see compelling talent at its best.

Don't see it if you think worthwhile theatre cannot be found west of Eighth Avenue and south of 42nd Street, or if you are not willing to concentrate on it.

Also In the interest of full disclosure, I was unable to stay for the final... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you'd like to try a somewhat different theatre experience. What are essentially 3 very different short stories are each sung by a narrator.

Don't see it if you don't like 1 person performances; all sung plays; Sondheim. (These aren't as good as Sondheim, but they are sort of like his work. )

Also I am a theatre, not a music person, so my score reflects that. I'm eva... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You have nothing to do, you don't want to stay home, and you don't mind sitting through a poorly sung and boring first part.

Don't see it if You mind sitting through one very bad first part, a second that was OK, and a third after waiting 25 minutes to fix the keyboard, was funny

During previews
Quirky, Clever, Slow, Ambitious, Great music

See it if you enjoy one-act plays but know that music plays a large part. I prefer plays that are not musicals yet I enjoyed the music the most.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to sit through a 15 minute intermission only to come back to a 20 minute play

Also I hesitated going to this show because musicals are not my favorite bu... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Quirky, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if Like new works in progress. First act too flat. Second and third had momentum and laughs. Live music. Talented actors

Don't see it if Want formal production. Don't like monologues. You don't like to be introspective

October 18th, 2016
"'The Pen' is the stop-you-in-your-tracks reason to go to 'Inner Voices'...One of those rare shows that elicit wonder all the way through, not just at the material but also at the exquisite combination of assembled talent...'Just One Q:' Mr. Reid is appealing, but it’s a cliché-filled piece that ...
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October 14th, 2016
"‘The Pen’ is a wonder…It becomes genuinely poignant, even harrowing…Nancy Anderson digs into the role with the fervor of an actor who knows that she couldn’t ask for a better part to show off her multitude of talents…'The Booty Call,' is an enjoyable look at a songwriter…It’s unfortunate that in...
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October 13th, 2016
"This trio of solo musicals brings together new and veteran talents to tackle conventional material, resulting in three distinctive, innovative short works; they also provide a showcase for three first-rate performers...Seeing a program like 'Inner Voices' is enjoyable on its own terms, and it's ...
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October 13th, 2016
"Any number of one-person shows create entire communities within the confines of a theater, but songs need to expand and deepen how we view people, not merely provide the same information with pretty underscoring. That's why 'The Pen' works so well. The medium elevates the message, and then Ander...
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