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Joey Variations: A Play With Dance (FringeNYC)

Members say: Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Slow, Absorbing
85
Critics
82
3 reviews
Members
85
13 reviews
 

Part of FringeNYC: Joey: A gifted contemporary dancer whose secret fuels his addiction. Rita: The transgendered therapist whose counsel may save his life. Svetlana: The artistic director who employs him despite better judgment. Three diverse lives brush against darkness to find the light.

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Categories: Dance / Physical Theatre, Drama, Local. Written by Jon Spano. Directed by Jon Spano. Choreographed by Jon Spano.

FROM THE ARTIST:
Joey: A gifted contemporary dancer whose secret fuels his addiction. Rita: The transgendered therapist whose counsel may save his life. Svetlana: The artistic director who employs him despite better judgment. Three diverse lives brush against darkness to find the light.

 

Reviews (16)

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DC Metro Theater Arts

"A poignant and uplifting three-hander…All three actors deliver sensitive and sympathetic performances...Expressive segments of dance are interspersed between the monologues and dialogues, physically and artistically evincing the decline and recovery of Joey’s zest for his art, and for life…'Joey' is personal and moving, a heartfelt tribute to caregivers and survivors, and a beautiful paean to the need for facing reality and appreciating today, despite the hardships of yesterday." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

“For the most part, Spano’s play is graceful in its simplicity: expressive but succinct, riffing without being trite, political without devolving into didacticism. This is a playwright with deep empathy for his characters...Of course, ‘Joey’ is necessarily hampered by some tired tropes around addiction, psychology, and the cutthroat world of ballet...Yet in certain breathtaking moments ‘Joey’ truly soars.” Full Review

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Time Out New York

"Playwright-director Spano shows us the effects of hate crime in a world where hardness is everyone’s game, and no one is winning...Moves from soliloquy to dance solo to one-on-one scenes, through which we come to know two women committed to Joey’s success: his dance mentor and his transgender therapist (the mesmerizing Bianca Leigh). 'Joey' leans too heavily on monologue, and the transitions can be clunky and self-conscious. But the play aims right to your heart, and does its work." Full Review

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88
Original, Engaged, Story well told, Choreography enhances, Trio of stories interlocks

See it if want to experience a tale enhanced by movement with excellent performances from Matthew Hardy, Bianca Leigh & Julie Hays

Don't see it if don't care for dance, transexuals or a Russian dialect

75
Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're interested in lives of dancers, solid performance by a transgender artist, want to see a good but not remarkable play.

Don't see it if you expect something special - the performances and the script here are just fine but I doubt it'll be something I remember in a year...

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you love dance and great acting

Don't see it if you don't love dance or LGBTQ+ issues

82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Slow

See it if You're a fan of intelligent writing and beautiful movement.

Don't see it if You're looking for easy entertainment - it's not that.

80
Intense, Resonant, Slow

See it if You are interested in dance and trans storylines. The trans character is compelling in ways I wasn't prepared for.

Don't see it if Expecting to be amazed by choreography.

90
Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You get lucky enough for this to become the Best of Fringe

Don't see it if it's not in the Best of Fringe

100
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You love dance or any of the arts. You are sensitive to issues of gender and sexuality.

Don't see it if You're homophobic.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy stories of transformation and great dancing

Don't see it if you like Michael Bay movies

100
Poignant, Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Riveting

See it if you like original structure, three-dimensional humanity, stories that tell of triumph over adversity, inspirational stories of empathy

Don't see it if you're a robot and have no understanding of how well-told tales are told effectively and simply.

100
Original, Intelligent, Must see, Resonant, Riveting

See it if The acting was top notch and the dancing so moving I loved how the movement conveyed a story

Don't see it if If you don't want to cry

90
Original, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you enjoy dance, experimental theater, multimedia, artistic journeys, stories of overcoming great obstacles in life, the creative life.

Don't see it if you like traditional plot driven stories told in conventional manners, or if you don't like plays that take chances

80
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Slow

See it if You are interested in seeing a well-portrayed trans character and enjoy contemporary dance.

Don't see it if You are avoiding triggers involving LGBTQ violence.

80
Relevant, Resonant, Slow

See it if you're confused about trans people. A beautiful character, Rita will help your transformation.

Don't see it if you have no affinity for dance, dancers, therapy, or the desire to transform and change.