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Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler

From 5 critic and 27 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious

About the show

Lucie Pohl's autobiographical solo show explores her life as German-Jew growing up in a wild family of artists, and her childhood fascination with der Führer. More…

As Bertolt Brecht’s real-life grand-niece, Lucie yearns for normalcy, but being different seems to run in her bloodline and escaping her inherited high-drama destiny might just be impossible. A pinch of Hitler, a cup of hip-hop, and a dash of Hasselhoff.

Broadway Blog

"Her generally intriguing narrative is mainly concerned with the experiences of an eight-year-old German child emigrating from East Berlin to New York...Pohl switches in dizzyingly rapid succession from one characterization to another…Much of this is definitely intriguing but, with a few exceptions, it's more smile than laugh inducing. Those smiles are more likely to be ignited by how Pohl expresses herself than by what she expresses…I loved Lucie and liked 'Hi, Hitler." Full Review

The New York Times

"Pohl proves to be a delightful raconteur. Her story, though, ultimately is less engaging than she is, growing more amorphous as it goes along and slowing to a stop rather than reaching a peak...The piece is, essentially, about trying to find herself and a sense of stability in an unconventional family...It’s energetically told and fun to watch, but in the end it’s not especially traumatic, or unusual, which also makes it something less than revelatory." Full Review

Broadway Baby

for a previous production "Pohl is a master of her own unique craft. Carefully and intriguingly darting between self and character, she buzzes, flits and contorts, embodying everything, down to the most minuscule detail, portraying her real-life saga without fault or flat line...Pohl is easy to watch, lovable, crazily funny and truly entertaining as a formidable and triumphant actress who needs to continue the explosion of her comic collisions." Full Review

London is Funny

for a previous production "Incorporates numerous Pohl family members, dozens of different characters, and more accents than it would seem possible for one person to cram into a hour-long story...This is no softly-softly voyage of self-discovery. Instead, Pohl is a smart-talking performer who imitates, and tackles adroitly, the eccentricities of everyone in her life...She covers a huge range of characters. They don't all work but they are done with a passion and a gift for mimicry that sustains a high-octane show." Full Review

Applause! Applause!

for a previous production “Lucie Pohl is a very animated and expressive actress full of charisma and energy. However, her stories don't captivate the attention of the audience nor do they contain real life lessons. She fails to properly develop the idiosyncrasies and personalities of her characters. I left the show not having been emotionally moved, not really knowing much about the people in her life, and most devastatingly, not really having laughed all that much, which was quite disappointing.” Full Review

Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You like v funny fast paced solo show about a German Jew growing up in a "not normal" v dramatic family. Great physical storytelling/accents

Don't see it if You don't like one woman shows- tho she plays all the characters really well and over the top. You want a classic staged drama.

Also Bring layers- the theatre is cold.

Clever, Enchanting, Hilarious, Masterful, Must see

See it if Like Tracey Ullman, Lily Tomlin? Catch Lucie's wacky, serio-comic, showbiz family. Interesting, insightful: it's not Fun with Adolph.

Don't see it if You want a sitcom, or if you don't like memoirs or standup or high-energy one-woman shows. Otherwise, it's terrific.

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like a great one woman show. She is really very talented and her story is wonderful. Really entertaining evening!

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of one person shows.

Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like one woman shows. Ms. Pohl is quite talented in portraying a myriad of characters replete with different accents and mannerisms.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big production with intense.themes. This show explores important issues in a lighthearted way.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if you like to laugh, you like monologues, you like energetic performances

Don't see it if you are offended by cursing or dark humor.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Quirky

See it if like high energy and quick wit! Lucie Pohl was a tour de force!

Don't see it if you have a hard time keeping up with a quick pace!

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Raunchy, German

See it if you want a well-delivered, fun and mildly autobiographical story. It's even more interesting for Germans, but works for everyone.

Don't see it if You want profound and extremely serious. You want plot instead of meandering anecdotes.

Also (Disclaimer: Saw her performing this in 2014 in the 3B Development Ser... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Clever, Funny

See it if You like expertly woven tale of a curious upbringing

Don't see it if You don't go to 1 person shows

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like monologists. She is one of the best and her tale is wonderfully over the top. Brava!!!

Don't see it if one person shows are not your thing.

Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You enjoy one-performer, memoir plays. You like fish out of water stories. You want a play about growing up told in an unique way.

Don't see it if You don't like memoir stories. You want a play w/bigger production values.

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if you are up for some laughs in a one-person show with an energetic performer who quickly plays many roles.

Don't see it if you want something serious or have a hard time keeping pace with a lifelong story told in 90 minutes.

Funny, Entertaining, Interesting, Clever, Quirky

See it if quirky memoirs interest you. Lucie is Mercy's voice actress in Overwatch! Her VO skills are on full display here, playing many characters.

Don't see it if one-person shows aren't enough to hold your interest for an hour and change, and you prefer a straightforward narrative.

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like solo shows

Don't see it if You hate immigrants

Funny, Dizzying, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if You like an amusing, energetic one-person autobiographical show that questions where one fits in (and what lengths one will go to).

Don't see it if you don't care for one-person autobiographies.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy unconventional people sharing unconventional life experiences. One woman morphs into many characters; Hitler is a brief reference.

Don't see it if You prefer Donna Reed storylines, quirky isn't 'your thing,' you don't identify with outsiders, or need a happy/final ending.

Also Lucie Pohl is a cult figure for many computer game fanatics (she is wi... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if like one person comedy shows

Don't see it if you hate fluffy one person shows

Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you like one person shows, comedy

Don't see it if Comedy with 4 letter words

Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Great staging

See it if If you like funny one women shows.

Don't see it if You discriminate immigrants or hate jews

Also The plot is great except for the way the characters spoke. The writing... Read more Read less

Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting, Banal, Dizzying

See it if You want a fast moving one person show that is very ho hum. A few funny moments but not enough to carry the show.

Don't see it if You have an alternative entertainment option

Ambitious, Talented acting, Fast paced, Interesting family story, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy one person shows of interesting family history and the challenges of the immigrant experience.

Don't see it if If you want dramas with clear story arc and strong plot.

Entertaining, Energetic, Fluffy, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You're a fan of one person shows, especially ones where you learn all about the performer's life.

Don't see it if You're bored easily or want a little more depth to the character in a one person show. She had some unique moments that weren't explored.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You like light-hearted, energetic plays.

Don't see it if You want a clear storyline or purpose.

Also Pohl was at times funny, but I found the way she played characters of ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Hilarious, Funny

See it if you like a funny story about a German girl's journey to live in NYC

Don't see it if bilingual theatre (where you still understand everything even if you only speak English)

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Funny

See it if your edgy

Don't see it if you are too sensitive

Disappointing, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if This was one of the worst plays I’ve ever seen so I can’t see any reason for recommending

Don't see it if You can see almost any show for around the same price as a rush ticket for this show so save your money and time for something better!

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