Inner Voices 2016
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Inner Voices 2016
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Inner Voices 2016 NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(36 Reviews)
Positive
75%
Mixed
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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.

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Member Reviews (36)

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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.

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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.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
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 doesn’t work as a solo...'The Booty Call:' Comes across as jejune and self-indulgent...It has to follow 'The Pen.' Against such incandescence, 'The Booty Call' pales even further."
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Time Out New York
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 order to reach these two shows one must endure the first musical of the evening…The good news is that it’s forgettable. 'The Pen’s' voice is the one that carries, and it carries the night."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 also fun to experience so many new and underused talents. I'd say all of them are going places; checking them out now will give you bragging rights later on. You'll be able to say you knew them when."
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Talkin' Broadway
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 Anderson elevates that. That's how musicals are supposed to work. But except for 'The Pen,' the other stories in this 'Inner Voices' are just too inner for their—or our—own good."
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TheaterScene.net
October 17th, 2016

“Paulette Haupt, producing artistic director of Premieres, should be very proud of herself. Her ‘Inner Voices’ program at the TBG Theatre managed to shock, move and entertain. The three short one-act musical monologues, each with a distinctive voice and each performed by an expert singer/actor were sweetly bizarre ('Just One Q’), shattering (‘The Pen’) and heartwarming (‘The Booty Call’).”
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Theater Pizzazz
October 14th, 2016

"Three performers explore the quiet thoughts that exist when almost no one is watching in 'Inner Voices'...While 'Just One Q' is not a riveting story, it is charming invitation to a drama in an old folk’s home...Anderson is in fine form in 'The Pen,' an astonishing character drama...The clean spaces in the first two pieces are muddied by the intentionally messy 'The Booty Call.' In this laid-back, funkadelic groove track, the space that is filled and inhabited is tranquil and refreshing."
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Front Row Center
October 20th, 2016

"Each piece is about 30 minutes long–and that is roughly 10 minutes too long for each of them...'Just One Q:' Once the premise is established the story stays mushy and neutral. It is no match for Reid's exquisite voice...'The Pen:' This little jewel is smart and fast-paced and Anderson is exquisite–ethereal, actually...'The Booty Call:' Thurber is a pleasure to watch as he wanders the stage and seems to make things up as he goes along...A joyful noise all around. Even if they are too long."
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Stage Buddy
October 13th, 2016

"Featuring three tour-de-force performers and some superb writers and musicians...The evening shows off a combination of great musical craftsmanship and wonderful originality....How fortunate New York audiences are to have another chance to experience the excellence, breadth and depth that musical theater can deliver with 'Inner Voices.' Don’t miss this intimate evening of musical storytelling!"
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 22nd, 2016

“Of the three programs I’ve seen over the years, this was the best...The performance by Nancy Anderson in the middle piece, ‘The Pen,’ is an absolute must-see for every musical theatre aficionado...The convincing intensity of her acting is greatly heightened by the perfection of her soprano, demonstrating how powerful the elements of music and acting can be when perfectly balanced with one another. This is exceptional work, deserving of a wider audience.”
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Times Square Chronicles
October 14th, 2016

"'Inner Voices' showcases new emerging musical theatre talent and it is good...'Just One Q:' Reid is wonderful, singing this role to perfection...I could see this being developed into a much longer piece with more than just one actor...'The Pen': Painfully and sensitively sung and portrayed by Nancy Anderson...This is a piece that could have an impact...The third piece belongs in Joe’s Pub and is not my style. 'The Booty Call' is so indie young...I don’t like sitting through people’s therapy."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
October 13th, 2016

"'Just One Q:' Though the main points of the plot feel contrived, Reid brings an amiable tone to Benny’s melodious narration, with a jazzy rhythm, down-home accent, amusing impersonations of the female antagonists...Collins’ penetrating characterization of obsessive-compulsive disorder comes to life in Anderson’s beautifully sung and acted tour-de-force performance in 'The Pen'...'The Booty Call:' Thurber’s style is thoroughly charming and his post-modern musical compositions impressive."
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Manhattan Digest
October 21st, 2016

"Reid stars in 'Just One Q'...The life lessons here don’t reach the depths of profundity as other senior citizen tales. Still, Reid’s presence and pitch-perfect singing voice make for an enjoyable 40-minute tale...'The Pen' is perhaps the best piece of the three...Anderson is marvelous as the neurotic pixie...Tales of dating have been told and re-told, rarely with anything new or interesting to impart...'The Booty Call' proves otherwise...Three exceptional vignettes."
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NY Theatre Guide
October 15th, 2016

"'Just One Q:' The direction by Rouse was easy to follow...A fun, engaging piece...'The Pen:' Davis’ portrayal of Laura was sympathetic...Kudos to the director, Margot Bordelon; the entire performance was eye opening and very well done...'The Booty Call:' Thurber is phenomenal...The entire monologue is very intimate and personal...I walked away unable to pick a favorite, as each performance shined in its own way."
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