James & Jamesy In The Dark
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James & Jamesy In The Dark
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James & Jamesy In The Dark NYC Reviews and Tickets

64%
(34 Ratings)
Positive
59%
Mixed
18%
Negative
23%
Members say
Quirky, Clever, Funny, Slow, Entertaining

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?'

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Show-Score Member Reviews (34)

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129 Reviews | 48 Followers
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

59 Reviews | 12 Followers
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!

151 Reviews | 17 Followers
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.

60 Reviews | 3 Followers
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 193 Followers
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. Read more

754 Reviews | 127 Followers
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

245 Reviews | 37 Followers
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.

412 Reviews | 56 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (16)

BroadwayWorld
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 part of the experience...The very soul of theatre comes from breaking the rules and exploring new ways of storytelling. ‘James and Jamesy: In The Dark’ does this with verve and charm."
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TheaterScene.net
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 fingertips."
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CurtainUp
September 17th, 2018

"Just two strangers on stage, each with a chair, as they meet and explore the unknown...Sound like a snooze? Not at all. James and Jamesy aren't your garden-variety strangers...What starts out as a dumb show, quickly transforms into a play with potent language...If profound questions drive the piece, child-like play is what makes it tick...This piece doesn't just cast new light on the concept of theater, but teaches some profound lessons on the mystery of being human."
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Theatre is Easy
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 world out of nothing...This absolutely delightful silliness also carries the weight of some cerebral profundity, upon close examination. The show is, in a way, a process of creation via discovery."
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Theater Pizzazz
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 with silliness, charm, and naiveté...Smith has orchestrated a profound and tidy work....A remarkable and seamless performance...A tantalizing aesthetic not to be missed."
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Front Row Center
September 18th, 2018

“Clever two-man show...The performance stands on its firmest ground during the non-verbal, more physical clowning scenes and those that take place entirely in the dark...Malkin as James remains more abstract while Knowles as Jamesy displays a more youthful character...They play off each other easily...The give-and-take to the audience is fun, but at times feels a bit clunky...Thought provoking and funny, ‘James & Jamesy’ challenges us not just to contemplate but to respond.”
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Front Mezz Junkies
September 16th, 2018

"This intriguing and quirky theatrical production...directed with a playful ear for sound and movement by David MacMurray Smith brings whimsy and charm to this small stage, shining with a pure white light dose of sweetness and a funny depth of profundity...The two are masters at this dynamics, keeping us tuned in and playfully conducted for the most part...The ingenuity and precise grasp of theatrical capabilities are both child-like and wonderful."
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Off Off Online
September 18th, 2018

“An extraordinary piece of theater that fits no mold but its own...A unique, thought-provoking delight. Two gifted physical performers embody the title characters...Although the evening is directed by Smith, there is much that is left to chance...Such improvisation invites ad-libbing, and sometimes an unexpected result puts the pair into a bit of a hole...Although the ending evokes Beckett, it’s full of optimism, befitting the previous 75 minutes of masterly clowning.”
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