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Inner Voices 2016

Members say: Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Disappointing, Absorbing
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Critics
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13 reviews
Members
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33 reviews
 

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

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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.

 

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Reviews (46)

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80
Avg Score

85
The New York Times

"'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." Full Review

70
Time Out New York

"‘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." Full Review

75
Front Row Center

"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." Full Review

85
Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review

85
Theatre's Leiter Side

“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.” Full Review

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Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

70
Times Square Chronicles

"'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." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“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’).” Full Review

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Manhattan Digest

"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." Full Review

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DC Metro Theater Arts

"'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." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"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." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"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!" Full Review

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NY Theatre Guide

"'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." Full Review

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Avg Score

67
Great acting, Refreshing, Unique, Intriguing, 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

57
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Dated, Great singing

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!

63
Disappointing, Long, 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

70
Dizzying, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing

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

82
Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, New music

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.

78
Great acting, Intelligent, Great singing

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

100
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Great singing

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.

75
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

72
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Great writing, Great singing

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.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, 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.

75
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing

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.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

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

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant

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

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, 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.

86
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful, Riveting, Great singing

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

65
During previews
Clever, Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if If you like solo performances . Singing was great but it didn't keep my attention...confusing and somewhat disappointing.

Don't see it if If you don't like 1 person musicals

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you enjoy exploring new works. Three amazing solo performances in three wonderful one-act musicals. An exciting evening at the theater.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical. No tap dancing here. A thought provoking evening.

70
During previews
Great singing

See it if you like 3 separate stories told thru music. Great voices and acting but content is un-engaging except for the last witch is worth the trip

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through the first two acts to get to the third with was funny and engaging.

79
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Intelligent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are interested in a different format of musical storytelling

Don't see it if you think you would have a hard time sitting through a long 1 person musical monologue. It's worth it for the last one though!

100
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

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

74
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Unique

See it if You like diverse themes in on show ith many music styles and great singers doing introspective performance

Don't see it if You're not into one person musical pieces that go in depth into topics like OCD and ED

Also I actually joyed this although I could see it not being for everyone .... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Original, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if personal moments expressed through music and innovative staging; part 2 kept me at the edge of my seat, it was extraordinary.

Don't see it if you only like lavish musicals productions.

75
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging

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

70
During previews
Great singing

See it if People who enjoy one man shows and originality would probably enjoy this production.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows, original music or are offended by profanity

74
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Slow, 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