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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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

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

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.

75
Absorbing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like music in plays

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

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

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

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.

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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