Islander: A New Musical
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Islander: A New Musical
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Islander: A New Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(202 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
8%
Negative
2%
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Great singing, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

Myth and reality collide in this musical about a mysterious stranger who washes onto a beach.

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Member Reviews (202)

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1007 Reviews | 413 Followers
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Great singing, Delightful, Confusing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You like sweet storytelling. This done with the help of some electronics that make the two performances feel like many. Beautiful voices.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with thick Irish (or is it Scottish) accents. It makes it hard to follow the story at times. There is zero set.

1054 Reviews | 258 Followers
79
Exquisite, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A very good musical. Capella. Good book and acting.

Don't see it if Scottish accents are thick and difficult at times.

712 Reviews | 216 Followers
85
Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Touching, Enchanting

See it if Surprise teenage friendship on a sparsely populated island. Beautiful duets. Two actresses create an imaginative fantasy.

Don't see it if Accents take some getting used to. Each actress plays multiple parts.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
89
Thought-provoking, Intense, Magic realism, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you like new music, Laurie Anderson style. Two women play the members of a small village on a small island maybe soon to be abandoned. Magic

Don't see it if you're expecting a Broadway or pop sound. These haunting melodies will continue to echo long after you leave the theater

700 Reviews | 106 Followers
80
Unusual, Intense, Great singing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you like to see a very cleverly done and unusual musical in a very small theater. Two very talented singers produce a magical program.

Don't see it if you have trouble with accents or Scottish terms. Sometimes the words and songs are difficult to understand. A small glossary is supplied. Read more

642 Reviews | 127 Followers
74
Great singing, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if The singing is good and the show is not long.

Don't see it if The accents sometimes make it hard to understand. The music volume at time too loud. Story at time confusing. Read more

534 Reviews | 132 Followers
73
Slow, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if The play is unique in its presentation; singing is beautiful; the singers control the electronics behind the vocals and soundscape; mystical

Don't see it if The Scottish accents were too strong for me to understand much of what the actors were saying, leaving it difficult to follow the story.

446 Reviews | 231 Followers
84
Refreshing, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Beautiful musical with great voices & stories.

Don't see it if If you prefer a drama then skip this one.

Critic Reviews (2)

Theatermania
April 21st, 2022

"'Islander' is never didactic, suggesting its themes of climate change and personal responsibility without spelling them out explicitly. It is much more effective for the audience to reach those conclusions on our own as we ponder this enchanting story for days after. And it is a story we ought to ponder, living as we do on a small island in a big Ocean."
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TheaterScene.net
June 7th, 2022

An import from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "Islander" embraces that renowned international jamboree's artistry and experimentalism, most notably by forgoing musicians for sound looping machines operated by Findlay and Tennick themselves. Especially for the technophobic (cough, cough), it's an extraordinary feat to witness actors become part of the production crew without the conceit ever feeling gimmicky or compromising the flow of the storytelling. That's no doubt due mostly to Findlay and Tennick's on-the-spot sound engineering abilities, which, to be sure, still take a backseat to their even more remarkable singing and acting.
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