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James & Jamesy In The Dark

From 33 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Slow

About the show

With and emphasis on physicality and quick-witted wordplay, comic duo James & Jamesy conjure answers to the age-old questions ‘Who are we?’ and ‘Why are we here?' More…

From the darkness of an unlit stage, two strangers meet, each with a chair and what appears to be the same task to complete: place the chair, then leave. Their encounter disrupts their awareness of ‘self’ and ‘purpose’ and propels them headfirst into an exhilarating discourse of understandings and misunderstandings.


Member Reviews (33)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Slow
65
Avg Score

70
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Slow, Surprisingly touching

See it if You like the sad clown who ultimately teaches you something (much like what Bill Irwin does). A little funny. A little weird.

Don't see it if You need a nap, it’s almost entirely performed in the dark with very little dialogue. Tends to be a bit one note but the end was impressive.

75
Quirky, Entertaining, Diverting, Family-friendly, Slow

See it if you want to see two strangers to earth land on the Soho Playhouse stage & discover the wonders of our world via Bill Irwin-lite clowning.

Don't see it if you don't like repetition; you don't like repetition; you don't like repetition; you don't like repetition.

Also It's hard to watch this show without thinking of Bill Irwin, who happe... Read more Read less

75
Hilarious, Slow, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if clowning, mime and absurdity work for you. In spite of their simplistic presentation, complex ideas are suggested. And hilarity ensues.

Don't see it if you expect traditional theatrical elements like plot or continuity. A clown show with relatively little dialog often not recognizable words

72
Quirky

See it if Things get really interesting in the last 30 minutes when the performers leave the stage. Audience was laughing out loud.

Don't see it if A bit slow to start & dragged a bit in beginning. Show runs 72 minutes.

47
Overrated, Quirky, Slow, Excrutiating, Insulting

See it if You really really really enjoy out there theater, minimalistic sets, an interesting premise and...

Don't see it if You don't like your intelligence being insulted for a looong hour. Felt like a children's play, without the entertainment value.

40
Extremely overrated / extremely disappointing, Interesting "costumes" / minimalist set (2 chairs), Quirky / silly / ambitious import, Very slow & excruciating 75min

See it if you understand that this is the FOURTH show 'James & Jamesy' have done. Most of us are experiencing this premise fresh from knowing nothing.

Don't see it if you can't grasp/comprehend the director's TWO-PAGE notes in the program. We couldn't, & we were wide awake before, during & after this mess.

Also "READY"!!! And we were.... Read more Read less

30
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You thought “Waiting for Godot” was too linear and structured. You want existential performance art.

Don't see it if You want a show that earns its oddness. This piece doesn’t seem to care about or consider its audience. Doesn’t deserve stage time.

68
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you are looking for a show that is unique and has potential to be good, but is far from it right now. The concept is great, the writing isnt

Don't see it if you are not up for a show that is 1 hour but all you really needed was 20 mins. Show becomes repetitive and boring.

Also I really enjoyed the first 20 minutes, but then it just got dark... li... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Quirky, Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Quirky explanation of time and place with comic clowns. The comedians were on point with being existential.

Don't see it if You do not like existential shows or ambiguity of plot.

73
Clever, Excruciating, Quirky, Bizarre, Slow

See it if you want a really strange theatrical experience. It is very hard to explain. Sometimes entertaining, sometimes excruciating. Just weird.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for strange performance. A couple of women kept complaining out loud during my show! Most people wouldn't enjoy it.

77
Clever, Ad-libbed, Funny

See it if you like something original, quirky, engaging with the audience, and thoughtful.

Don't see it if you don't like improvisation and audience interaction.

25
Irksome, Annoying, Boring, Tedious, Relentless

See it if u want to see absurd human animation that reminded me of Pixar opening credits that persevered for more than an hour. Was cute for a minute

Don't see it if you want traditional, or clever, or funny or edgy. My friend fell asleep. I unfortunately did not. I like weird. This was just excruciating.

85
Hilarious, Quirky, Masterful, Clever, Funny

See it if you enjoy surrealist humor with minimalist staging - it's far more clever than what first meets the eye, and I was in stitches throughout,

Don't see it if you are totally against any of the above... although your presence will probably make the whole show that much funnier

65
Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Mime

See it if you want to bring a child to a show with clowning, mime, shrill voices-- that devolves as most of these types of shows do...into fart jokes.

Don't see it if you expect Mummenshantz or Cirque du Soleil, or hate performers breaking the 4th wall & shining a light in your face.

Also This is definitely a fringe-type show. It plays like an extended impro... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Quirky, Slow, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You don't mind a slow burn first half as two clowns slowly discover heady concepts of existence. Hilarious and surprisingly moving payoff!

Don't see it if You don't like clowning or lack patience in watching a long setup. Really worth it if you stick it out!

66
Quirky, Slow, Funny, Entertaining

See it if if you like unpredictable endings, it's a little slow to start, but things pick up near the end

Don't see it if if you looking for a typical Broadway show, it only runs a little over an hour

61
Slow, Quirky, Interactive, Funny

See it if You don't mind experimental performances, and look forward to playing with the tall one and the short one.

Don't see it if You're not ready to play with the two simpleton beings that mysteriously land on stage, you are not in the mood for silly or wonder.

Also Once James and Jamesy get bored of playing with each other on stage, t... Read more Read less

25
Indulgent, Pointless, Trifling

See it if you prefer Dreamworks animated films to Pixar's.

Don't see it if your curiosity was piqued by nothing more than a few glowing blurbs about this show.

81
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if You enjoy non traditional theater. You are open minded. You enjoy Mummenschanz.

Don't see it if You only like musicals. You don't like interactions between the performers and the audience.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are ready for something different that you have to think about. And makes you laugh.

Don't see it if Are not willing to open your mind and think a bit.

55
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you're into experimental theater without a well defined narrative or script

Don't see it if you are looking for something that tells a story, you like your 4th wall firmly in place

Also I'm not super comfortable being involved in a show and there is a fair... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like miming and the avant garde.

Don't see it if You do not like mime or performances where there is little talk.

90
Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like physical comedy, beautiful aesthetic, word play.

Don't see it if You want to be spoon-fed your entire experience. This show asks the audience to think.

74
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intense

See it if Found the show funny. You will enjoy it if you like slapstick humor. I found it slow at first but it picked after audience interaction.

Don't see it if If you don’t like dry humor, you don’t have much of an attention span.

45
Confusing, Excruciating, Quirky, Slow

See it if You're into experimental theatre

Don't see it if You enjoy plot


September 16th, 2018
"It is stylishly done and presents a charming picture of two beings finding their place in the world...The dialogue plays off of misunderstandings...with a fresh twist...The show is not one confined to the fourth wall of the proscenium. The actors move into the audience and incorporate that as pa...
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September 17th, 2018
"More importantly, they display little or no real emotion so it is difficult to empathize with them even when their growing discovery of each other should have stirred the audience. The closest they come to human contact is placing their two lampshades together and tickling each other with their ...
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September 24th, 2018
"James & Jamesy answer some profound existential questions in the silliest, most delightful way possible...The sort of theatre that offers its audience a transformative experience in the simplest yet the most effective ways. The pair of seasoned physical comedians creates a wildly imaginative wor...
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September 20th, 2018
“An outer space romp exploring our perceptions of life...It’s silly, clean, very sweet, and as intelligent as any piece of theatre you’re likely to see this year...A clowning play and the entire experience feels like a highly talented series of theatre games...Each idea is skillfully expressed wi...
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