Kafka And Son
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Kafka And Son
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Kafka And Son NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(28 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
0%
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.

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Member Reviews (28)

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1002 Reviews | 412 Followers
68
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.

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
70
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. Read more

391 Reviews | 133 Followers
74
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. Read more

379 Reviews | 69 Followers
79
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.

322 Reviews | 74 Followers
70
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.

209 Reviews | 38 Followers
85
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.

192 Reviews | 27 Followers
96
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.

147 Reviews | 39 Followers
85
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.

Critic Reviews (14)

TheaterScene.net
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 standing on top of it in triumph--not to mention assuming every conceivable position in between."
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Theater Pizzazz
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...Nashman gives a brave performance. This treatise gives insight and new light of Kafka’s life and work. It is a compelling, well-done, engaging production worth seeking out."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
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 fully inhabits the antithetical characters...A powerful examination of familial dysfunction and the unremitting effects it can have...Another world-class selection."
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Plays to See
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 hanging onto every word, and every new way director Mark Cassidy has devised for the scenes to play out...Nashman and Cassidy create powerful, haunting images with each new lamentation from the letter."
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The Stage (UK)
August 25th, 2017
For a previous production

“It's a great performance, undoubtedly. But there's nothing here to hold the audience's attention, no journey for them to go on, no jeopardy, no risk, no reward. The meticulous research behind it is evident, Nashman's Kafka is rich and detailed, and Cassidy's production is thoroughly polished, but ‘Kafka and Son’ has one crippling, fundamental flaw: it's dramatically dry as a bone. It's resolutely, unyieldingly, purgatorially dull.”
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The Wee Review
August 12th, 2017
For a previous production

“Throughout the performance Nashman plays the role of Kafka and also his father. The performer jumps between the two with verve and menace…The evocative set design combines perfectly with the lighting design and the anxiety that Kafka expresses is heightened to a new level. During 'Kafka and Son’ we see the inspiration behind some of Kafka’s novels. The relationship he had with his father shaped his work and Nashman has presented this complex relationship with style and menace."
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British Theatre Guide
August 12th, 2017
For a previous production

“Nashman uses a series of voices to articulate the brusque and overbearing nature of Hermann Kafka compared to the gentler nervousness of Franz and in his forthright timidity we see a great range of talent…A fragmented yet flowing narrative, often shocking, and depressingly understandable. Yet the few moments of humor, and genuine affection within the pleadings and tirades, bring out the humanity of this staggeringly well-wrought production.”
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T
August 15th, 2017
For a previous production

“Sole actor Alon Nashman’s mannered interpretation feels perfectly pitched – you can readily believe this neurotic, fragile man created such hapless put-upons as Gregor Samsa and Josef K. It’ll polarize, I think – an hour and change of grandiloquent prose is a tough ask for any audience, and you may struggle to stay engaged throughout the lengthier digressions – but as a portrait of a toxic, destructive relationship, it is thorough and exacting.”
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