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Kafka And Son

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Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

About the show

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: Adapted from a letter Kafka wrote to his dad, this solo drama is a blistering dissection of domestic authority, and a visit with one of the architects of the modern psyche. More…

At the age of 36, Franz Kafka was still living at home, a petty bureaucrat, a failed artist, a timid Jewish son. Ruling and ruining his life was his overbearing father, Hermann. What to do? Kafka wrote a 50-page letter to his dad in which he reveals deep connections between his life and his fiction.

Member Reviews (28)


Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Disappointing, Predictable, Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You have a burning desire to see one mans version of what Kafka’s childhood was like.

Don't see it if You feel like you’ve got a good idea of what Kafka’s childhood was like from what you already know about him. Yeah, it’s just like that.

Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

See it if You are very familiar with Kafka. You enjoy the letter-reading play format. You want a terrific performance & striking staging.

Don't see it if You have little-no familiarity w/Kafka. This is the advanced class: there's an assumed context for the letter & it won't be explained.

Also I think I would've scored it higher if I knew more about Kafka. I read... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Visceral, A monologue

See it if you’re up for a solid performance and super writing on the lifelong effects a dismissive parent can have on a person. Very sobering show.

Don't see it if you’re not going to side with Kafka (duh); you can’t watch a weak, terrified, vulnerable man without blaming him for his own diffidence.

Also What distinguishes K&S from other well-acted confessional solo shows i... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are a Kafka fan or are interested in dysfunctional family relationships, specifically, father & son, especially with famous fathers.

Don't see it if you do not like one-man shows, do not enjoy unusual staging or prefer light and happy family stories.

Interesting, Good acting, Slow, Intense

See it if you are interested in learning about Kafka and his family background. If you like experimental theater or one man shows.

Don't see it if you don't want to have to concentrate too much. Despite this being just about 1 hour, I felt my attention lag at times. It felt longer.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, This brilliant one-man piece is an adaptation of kafka's "letter to his father".

See it if This dark and emotional piece should resonate with anyone who has had or has witnessed a difficult father/son relationship.

Don't see it if The painful clash of fathers and sons is more than you can bear.

Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Powerful, compelling solo tour de force showing the descent into madness. Stark, symbolic staging. Best to know something about Kafka.

Don't see it if Looking for laffs? Want something feel-good? You've come to the wrong place.

Great acting, Clever, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you want to see a stellar solo performance in an intelligent, simple production. No Kafka knowledge needed.

Don't see it if you have no interest in dysfunctional family dynamics; solo shows bore you; you need a linear plot.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Profound, Must see

See it if You enjoy wonderful wording and excellent acting. Very relevant.

Don't see it if You cannot sit and listen and follow— if you like mindless and predictable Broadway musical plays.

Disappointing, Overrated, Not insightful, Slow

See it if you can't get enough of dysfunctional relationships onstage, esp a son recounting how his emotionally distant father damaged him.

Don't see it if you're tired of dysfunctional father-son plays, esp when we're given no reason to care abt the main character other than we know it's Kafka

Also I did like how, in true Fringe Fest fashion, just a few props (feather... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Slow, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want a tedious well acted one man show.

Don't see it if You are not enthralled to hear details of a painful and rather uninteresting childhood.

Clever, Great acting, Intense, Profound

See it if If you like one man show and like to learn something new

Don't see it if If you do not like one man show based on real people

Indulgent, Great acting, Slow, Over-written, Resonant

See it if you're in the mood for a dark and twisted family dynamic, a compelling and often unreliable narrator, a meandering narrative, & a spare set.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional play with multiple roles, external rather than internal conflict, and a clear plot.

Clever, Interesting, Slow

See it if You want to see a different one person show with some great stage elements.

Don't see it if You want to see something fast paced or light and fluffy.

Also I'm a fan of how the actor used the metal cages and the feathers to co... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Intense

See it if you enjoy solo shows and pieces that make you think

Don't see it if you prefer musicals, or light and fluffy fare

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a fine performance and an imaginative staging of a great literary work. The final image is haunting and perfectly realized.

Don't see it if You have little affinity for one person shows or new, dramatic renditions of classic work.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy dramatic performances, want to be entertained. this show is excellent and should be seen by as many people as possible.

Don't see it if you do not like drama

Great staging, Ambitious, Slow, Intelligent, Didactic

See it if you are interested in some of the timeless aspects of father-son relationships and have the patience for well-delivered 70 minute monologues

Don't see it if you have particular interest in Kafka beyond the Letter to His Father or have a hard time maintaining focus through long monologue

Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you're a Kafka fan, like great acting

Don't see it if you need dramatic direction and motion, the story to go somewhere

Also The problem with the show was, for me, that all the staging with feath... Read more Read less

Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are curious about the mind of Kafka (1883-1924), and fascinated by psychological ramifications of the child-parent relationship

Don't see it if you're looking for an entertaining story line or don't care for intense psychological exploration, the unguarded display of a tortured soul

Also This is definitely Fringe Festival material, not standard theater fare... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if the idea of watching a Kafka unspool his life like intestine in front of you is titillating.

Don't see it if you need CGI

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You love Kafka's writing style and like meaty monologues.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows

Riveting, Profound, Must see, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You like embodied authentic acting and epic conflict enacted on stage. Kafka and Son got me thinking deeply about my own relationships.

Don't see it if You're put off by one-person shows, even if in this case the solo format is completely warranted.

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like in depth psychological dialogue, presented in the style of naturalistic real life characters, with clever staging and lighting

Don't see it if you just want some light amusement and a few laughs

Also actor/director alon nashman made clear choices in his preparation and ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You're intrigued by your father or son. It is black feathers scattered and rescattered; fragmented memories longing to find their light.

Don't see it if you prefer more conventional theatre or have no imagination!

October 9th, 2017
"Nashman seems to inhabit any other number of personas as well: the Jewish scholar and/or Klezmer dancer, the authority figure, the shrinking, uncertain human being who feels he's a failure at everything. Nashman's tour de force performance has him crouching in a cage like a wounded animal or sta...
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October 10th, 2017
"Actor Alon Nashman handles both roles – son and father – firmly, creating distinct personalities. His performance is mesmerizing and compelling...The performer jumps between the two with verve and menace...It is a brave production bringing to life the mental state and journey of an author...Nash...
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October 12th, 2017
"Combining heartfelt recitations with physical re-enactments and surreal segments that create a distinctly Kafkaesque mood, the performance is part revelatory reminiscences, part self-help therapy session, and part exorcism...The changes in the actor’s voice and demeanor are impeccable, as he ful...
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October 9th, 2017
"With both brilliant actor and director, such daunting material naturally lends itself to a one-man show. Nashman seamlessly embodies both the timid, intellectual son and the overbearing, authoritative bully of a father...The experience of 'Kafka and Son' is so intense that you find yourself hang...
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