Kafka And Son
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Kafka And Son

Kafka And Son NYC Reviews and Tickets

(28 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (28)

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262 Reviews | 48 Followers
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.

57 Reviews | 10 Followers
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

63 Reviews | 40 Followers
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

137 Reviews | 32 Followers
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.

147 Reviews | 39 Followers
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.

209 Reviews | 38 Followers
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.

110 Reviews | 12 Followers
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

390 Reviews | 71 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (14)

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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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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