Already closed | 2h 50m | Midtown W

Inner Voices 2018

From 60 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing

About the show

The 2018 biennial series includes three dramatic and intimate one-act solo musicals. More…

"Scaffolding," with words and music by Tony Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz. Broadway veteran and Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker stars in this musical that finds a single mom’s relationship with her brilliant only child tested when he interviews for the college of his choice.

"The Costume," with words and music by Daniel Zaitchik. Newcomer Finn Douglas ("School of Rock") stars in this musical that finds 10-year old Leo on Halloween 1954 given the unexpected task of caring for an injured bird overnight.

"Window Treatment," with words by Deborah Zoe Laufer and music by Daniel Green. Broadway’s Farah Alvin is set to star in this musical that finds a lonely New Yorker planning her future with a stranger across the courtyard.

2h 50m | Already closed | TBG Mainstage Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (60)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing
84
Avg Score

90
Lyrical, Heartwarming, Enchanting, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if 3 beautiful sung-through solo pieces with touching stories & gorgeous music. Captivating, moving, humorous & meaningful slices-of-life.

Don't see it if You are not interested in small chamber music style pieces with solo actors. You are looking for more conflict & less introspection.

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Intense, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if Each performer was incredible in their own way. I enjoyed the format of three 40 minute pieces with an intermission between each.

Don't see it if Not the usual musical, not songs but solo sung-through performances. Pared-down, simple sets, but such intense performances!

Also Farah Alvin has an absolutely incredible singing voice! Very quirky, a... Read more Read less

90
Very entertaining / must-experience / highly recommend, Perfect intimate venue / creative set(s) props & lighting, Amazing singing / great music / fine accompanists, Well-written & staged / humorous / moving / captivating, Excellent concept / format delivers / very fulfilling

See it if you'd be open to 3 completely sung-thru 1-Act monologues. Didn't think I could handle it, even w/2 intm. Left me dazed, amazed & fulfilled.

Don't see it if you prefer epic razzle-dazzle musicals w/large casts & splashy dancing. This delivers a more personal, in-depth view, inside 3 minds/hearts.

Also From funny, to moving, to very sad...... Read more Read less

95
Heartfelt, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Inner Voices is the place to go for the dose of emotional reality you can't find easily anywhere else. The three pieces were tender.

Don't see it if If you need to avoid real-life situations that may be uncomfortable to know about, much less witness, stay home. I won't miss this next time

90
Great singing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see three wonderful solo mini-musicals. Each one was a complete little story, beautifully performed.

Don't see it if you need big. Each bare-bones piece with little musical accompaniment was just perfect.

Also Unfortunately, it closed today. So glad I got to see it.

75
Great singing, Slow, Intelligent, Timely

See it if like one character musicals and you want to see a trio of new ones one after the other.

Don't see it if you don't like one act one characters shows or shows that are almost completely sung.

82
Absorbing, Great singing

See it if You like musicals and want to see one act musicals by emerging artists. You like Rebecca Luker.

Don't see it if You want one continuous story - this is an evening of 3 40-minute one acts.

Also Three one act musicals of varying styles. I adored the first one calle... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy exciting new musicals and enthralling solo performances. All 3 pieces/performances were strong. Luker and Alvin were spectacular!

Don't see it if you don't like new works/solo shows. This year's selections were impressive. I can't wait to see what's next for these shows/this series.

83
Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you enjoy thought provoking material presented by wonderful singers, in a music themed monologue.

Don't see it if If you want a splashy musical with dancing and production numbers.

Also The three monologues were wonderfully presented with a well written th... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you enjoy solo vocal performance by three exceptional performers and want some depth in your dramatic story.

Don't see it if you are unable to enjoy monologue performance with a book featuring little spoken and almost totally sung content.

Also Three almost recitative solo musical plays. Though they might feel a b... Read more Read less

83
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining, Unique

See it if you would enjoy exploring the internal thoughts of three very different characters in unique situations

Don't see it if You desire hummable tunes, or simply aren’t a fan of minimalist solo performances

Also Window Treatment was an incredibly unique and quirky concept exquisite... Read more Read less

87
Masterful, Great singing

See it if These are beautiful, beautiful musical arias about one's innermost thoughts, performed by 3 singers. The child singer was trully brilliant.

Don't see it if Long show, 3 hours.

89
Great performances, Resonant

See it if you appreciate focused experiences and heartfelt performances.

Don't see it if you want everything spelled out for you and you're impatient

Also I would have rated this in the 70s if it wasn't for 'Costume'. An wond... Read more Read less

95
Original, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful, High-quality

See it if you enjoy "depth" musical theater, are keen on the future of American musicals, appreciate good writing & stellar performance, seek quality.

Don't see it if you dislike solo performances, need glitz, eschew modernism, can't listen to musical form more complex than big hits, must be entertained.

Also This was thrilling musical theater that bodes the future of the form. ... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Touching

See it if you like strong performances of deep inner thoughts and the time to observe a solo performer's amazing range

Don't see it if you are seeking a song and dance kind of show or lightweight entertainment

Also This set of three works is presented in an intimate setting that fully... Read more Read less

89
Enjoyable, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Touching

See it if There are some really good performances here of some interesting, original new pieces. It’s a small, intimate venue. Loved “Costume”.

Don't see it if You are looking for an elaborate broadway production. Are t interested in seeing new, experimental, workshopped work.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if Three one act musicals. Great evening. Funny/touching/thoughtful. Blumenkrantz piece/Rebecca Lucker=incredible

Don't see it if Each piece is intimate with only one actor. If you want a larger cast you'll be disappointed.

During previews
79
Absorbing, Great singing, Long, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you love contemporary musical theater (non-rhyming lyrics in two). 1 funny, 2 poignant. Gr acting/singing/musicians. Strong staging/lighting

Don't see it if you get impatient. All 3 are long & slow-paced (2 hr 40 min). Need cuts. Not memorable music. Themes: loneliness, loss, motherhood.

Also I would have liked to see a more diverse cast. There are only three st... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Clever, Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Three Different acts (storys) with great music and singing.

Don't see it if Long over 2 hours, if you do not like singing

Also Three very different storys but each of family, loneliness and love. M... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate excellent acting and even more excellent writing. This was a very moving theatrical experience for me.

Don't see it if you do not like one person shows or enjoy musicals with lush romantic melodies. Do not go if you want funny and happy stories.

Also Each of the 3 short plays was well acted. The stories were so well dev... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You love Sondheim.

Don't see it if Looking for serious drama or a short musical, this production has 3 intermissions.

During previews
73
Ambitious, Great singing, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy monologue musicals. You don't mind sitting through some very boring to get to some quite good. You don't mind works in progress

Don't see it if You want a super solid three hours of theater. Only one of the plays was actually good, one was fine, the other was truly banal

During previews
68
Solo sung through musicals won't be everybody's taste. odd.

See it if You like solo shows and like sung through musicals.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows and sung through musicals.

During previews
92
Exceptional, three extraordinary musical performances

See it if 3 beautiful solo musicals with unforgettable performances. 1-Farah Alvin as a NYC woman who has an imaginary relationship with a neighbor

Don't see it if 2-Finn Douglas as a 10 year old boy caring for an injured bird. Charming, sweet, totally adorable. Finn, at 11, is a gifted child performer

Also 3-The great Rebecca Luker as a mother of a troubled son applying to co... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want to see 3 really terrific one act musicals. Clever, funny,touching... too many superlatives for excellent theater,

Don't see it if you are looking for a big b'way musical.

Also I have seen many of their musicals. This trio is one their best.


November 1st, 2018
"If a trilogy of solo one-act musicals sounds like a threat of art-song preciousness, rest assured: The minidramas in this year's edition of Inner Voices, the biennial showcase mounted by Premieres, tell compelling stories—or at least, two of them do. The disappointment is the collection's third ...
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November 2nd, 2018
“Douglas holds the audience in his tiny palm...in ‘The Costume’, the highlight of this edition of Inner Voices...This is an extraordinary little piece...with a sensibility that recalls the writing of Carson McCullers or Harper Lee...Douglas is word-perfect, unaffected, and so emotionally transpar...
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November 5th, 2018
"The monologues are set to music and it’s cumulatively pleasing...As his own lyricist, Jeff Blumenkrantz’s affective narrative has momentum, true to life specificity and the words are crafted into distinct song-like sections...The magnetic child performer Finn Douglas is amazing as Leo...The pers...
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November 13th, 2018
"All three works light up with abundant talents...but only one story feels fully at home...That one is 'Window Treatment,' a firecracker of a musical...'The Costume' centers around a 10-year-old boy charged by his next-door neighbor with nursing a wounded pigeon...‘Scaffolding’ offers yet another...
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