jazz singer
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jazz singer
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jazz singer NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(20 Reviews)
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80%
Mixed
20%
Negative
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Members say
Ambitious, Confusing, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Abrons Arts Center presents this theatrical exhumation of the first feature-length "sound film,” "The Jazz Singer."

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Member Reviews (20)

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387 Reviews | 132 Followers
88
Surprising, Great singing, Advanced discussion, Grappling, Intelligent

See it if you find meaning in classics even if they’re grossly inappropriate now. Smart, investigative show that weighs homage w/ critical thinking.

Don't see it if you want permission to excuse or celebrate blackface. You dislike actors playing themselves & competing perspectives in multiple timeframes. Read more

316 Reviews | 71 Followers
72
Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you will be absorbed by a complex and intricate theatrical piece about challenging multi-layered historical subject matter

Don't see it if you want a straight forward narrative, or don't want to be challenged to think outside the box Read more

169 Reviews | 16 Followers
69
Confusing, Overrated, Good singing

See it if You enjoy learning more about history of the 1927 film The Jazz Singer and don't care about a linear plot

Don't see it if You aren't interested in jazz or the movie The Jazz Singer and want to see a play with a traditional, linear style.

132 Reviews | 12 Followers
65
Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you enjoy seeing non-traditional theater "adapted" from the film The Jazz Singer.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional musical or play. Read more

125 Reviews | 9 Followers
75
Absorbing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like music in plays

Don't see it if you need a clear plot outline

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114 Reviews | 9 Followers
85
Intelligent, Entertaining, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you want something unconventional and different; like thought-provoking analysis of the black and the Jewish experience

Don't see it if you don't like live and old-timey recorded jazz music! Or need something linear and easy to follow Read more

68 Reviews | 9 Followers
76
Clever, Experimental, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like a drama with good singing and are interested in old movies.

Don't see it if you expect swingy jazz music. It's good music but you don't get swing.

31 Reviews | 3 Followers
75
Confusing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in film history and issues concerning race. You don't mind a bit of a mishmash as long as it's interesting.

Don't see it if you want a rigorously worked show that integrates its perspectives into something meaningful. you are seeking a deeply emotional experinece

Critic Reviews (1)

The New York Times
September 29th, 2019

"‘jazz singer’ Looks to Complicate a Film’s Fraught History: A director and a composer play versions of themselves in a fascinating but frustrating reconsideration of a movie infamous for its use of blackface."
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