Inner Voices 2016
Closed 2h 10m
Inner Voices 2016
76

Inner Voices 2016 NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(36 Reviews)
Positive
75%
Mixed
25%
Negative
0%
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.

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Member Reviews (36)

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563 Reviews | 194 Followers
82
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.

302 Reviews | 85 Followers
100
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.

232 Reviews | 116 Followers
70
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

209 Reviews | 89 Followers
78
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. Read more

124 Reviews | 28 Followers
63
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. Read more

113 Reviews | 42 Followers
67
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. Read more

109 Reviews | 18 Followers
80
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".

97 Reviews | 14 Followers
78
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

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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