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

65%
(33 Reviews)
Positive
61%
Mixed
18%
Negative
21%
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?'

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Member Reviews (33)

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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. Read more

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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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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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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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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Plays to See
September 17th, 2018

"If you enjoy clown acts, or you are amused by watching young children interact, you’ll enjoy this. James and Jamesy are like two big children...It’s a little redundant and definitely strange. But there are moments of novelty and clarity...You might not leave with a hurting stomach, as the humor isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but you will leave with the sense that you’ve become a part of something inexplicably real."
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Orlando Sentinel
May 14th, 2018
For a previous production

"Has clever staging and laser-sharp tech, but to my way of thinking, it misses out on key elements that make James and Jamesy endearing. Most notably, the friendship factor of the duo’s previous outings is missing...'In the Dark' is a show without warmth. Also missing is an ebb and flow of tone and volume. 'In the Dark' starts loud and stays loud..James and Jamesey still have charm in their tricks...And it has to be said that a large part of the audience found this show hysterical."
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S
July 10th, 2017
For a previous production

"People often speak of 'the magic of the theatre,' but this is truly magical. How we have established such a bond with them and they with us is unknown but somehow the two have taught us a game and we have learned to play it to our own infinite amusement and wonder...'In the Dark' is still as comic as the duo’s previous plays. But this is comedy at its profoundest and most essential. It may be a play on words but it is also true – 'In the Dark' is a play that enlightens."
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Orlando Weekly
May 17th, 2018
For a previous production

"'James & Jamesy in the Dark' is like a lost Samuel Beckett classic co-written with Douglas Adams and performed by a couple of Cirque du Soleil clowns. (If you know my tastes, you know that’s a high compliment.) Sweet and surreal at the same time, it’s less literal than their previous shows but more literary, and in my opinion even more entertaining."
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Edmonton Journal
August 12th, 2016
For a previous production

"There are some nice moments. The clowns look at each other and realize that while one person alone can only see half of themselves, two can see the whole person. However, the show moves slowly...The cross-talk becomes dull because it isn’t taking us anywhere, and finger people — even ones climbing from spectator to spectator — have a limited range of activity...James and Jamesy need to find more content before they move out of the dark."
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Mooney On Theatre
July 5th, 2017
For a previous production

"If you like absurdist humour, come enjoy this masterful blend of clown and physical comedy...To put it simply, James & Jamesy shone — both literally and figuratively...My favourite part of 'James & Jamesy in the Dark' was the audience participation...I preferred the sections of physical comedy to the more dialogue-heavy sequences, which felt too long at times...'James & Jamesy in the Dark' was fairly silly at times, but it was also lots of fun. "
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July 8th, 2017
For a previous production

"Channelling Beckett, they consider existential questions on a stage adorned with nothing more than two chairs. As the title suggests, much of this performance piece occurs in the dark, and the duo's artistry ensures they maintain the audience’s attention even at times we can hardly see them...Watching the performers come off the stage and interact with the audience is mesmerizing. Audience participation on opening night sent the energy soaring by the end."
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Winnipeg Free Press
July 5th, 2018
For a previous production

"Enough to keep an audience engaged and roaring with laughter for much of the 75-minute comedy, though the first third of the piece — filled with a lot of nonsensical, Cirque du Soleil-like gibberish — did move quite slowly. Malkin and Knowles are extremely talented at executing detailed physical comedy (even in the dark) and maneuvering through hilarious improvised interactions with the crowd,"
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