Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Disappointing

About the show

Join Karl Marx to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his​ birth at this solo play from noted author and activist Howard Zinn. A show which asks: what would Marx say if he came back to present-day America?

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In 'Marx in Soho,' Karl Marx engages in a passionate, funny, and moving commentary about contemporary American politics and society. First produced by Iron Age Theatre at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in September 2004, 'Marx in Soho' has been touring the United States for the last 14 years.




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85
Talkin' Broadway

"A freewheeling and entertaining 70-minute monologue that weaves together biographical elements from Marx's life with contemporary commentary...Under Doyle's direction, Weick's performance is rich and energizing. He does not impersonate his subject...and he makes Marx a much more contemporary figure. Weick gives an impassioned performance, and it is one that humanizes Marx as it simultaneously manifests the rebellious spirit behind the man." Full Review

85
DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "Zinn’s funny, fervid, and well-researched script makes connections between the inequities, voraciousness, and failures of capitalism then and now, with specific references to the relevance of Marx’s principles for contemporary America. Weick’s tour-de-force solo performance is humorous and impassioned, personal and all-inclusive...Weick fully inhabits his role, capturing a range of authentic emotions in Marx’s reminisces...All delivered with profound empathy." Full Review

55
Philadelphia Inquirer

for a previous production "It isn’t really a play at all, but rather a 70-minute harangue...Zinn's passion for a more equitable world is intense, and the show is a ringing indictment of the status quo, of the greed-driven Western world...Weick's performance is filled with passionate intensity...If I admire Marx’s ideas, I don’t find much to admire in the man. Weick’s diction is often stilted, and his vehemence seems a cliché...Marx’s outrage is the outrage of John Oliver without the humor or the speed or the wit." Full Review


95
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are curious about what Marx actually wrote (rather than what others say he wrote); you admire Zinn's work; you're into history.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows; you want large, elaborate sets, costumes, casts,

75
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if ... you enjoy plays about big ideas. This is not a Marxist or socialist polemic. An opportunity to learn about Marx ideas

Don't see it if .. you're not interested, or don't like solo shows

75
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to explore root (radical base) of Marx’s pure theories, biography, relationships with his family, Engels, and Marxism & role today

Don't see it if you can’t sit awake for 75 min. non-linear, dense, intellectual monologue by one actor with minimal set, action and plot and no intermission

71
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant, Riveting

See it if If you enjoy well acted solo performances . An interesting play of Marx’s observation of today’s politics & society.

Don't see it if Do not see if you dislike rather slow solo performances. If you are not interested in political and social issues.

70
During previews
Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Intellectual

See it if Not a bad play however heavy on history and facts 70% of the audience was asleep Do you like history and communism Or socialism

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows and lots of history and facts

66
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Indifferent

See it if you'd like to see what the human Karl behind the revolutionary socialist Marx may have been like in a brief, well-researched one-man show.

Don't see it if you don't have a basic knowledge of Marx & his works; you expect any significant connection of Marx's philosophy & politics to present day.

Also The attempts to humanize Karl Marx and give us some insight on his les... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Dull, Uninspired

See it if for a terrific performance by Bob Weick as Marx.

Don't see it if Nothing revelatory in this play. Some pretty simplistic rants and a lot of background on Marx, his colleagues and family. I was bored.

55
During previews
Resonant, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if For historical junkies

Don't see it if Why now?

55
During previews
Dated

See it if Marx's commentary on America today, which hasn't improved much and/or worsened for people who work (the 99 percent of us).

Don't see it if Don't enjoy one person shows. Leftist ideas/rambling annoy you. Ideas aren't new if you're informed about current social inequalities.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

53
During previews
Great acting, Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You’re really into ho-hum.

Don't see it if You can find something else to occupy your time with even Loonytunes reruns

88
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you are interested in topics like sociology, politics, critical analysis of society.

Don't see it if you don't like autobiographies (it feels like one!) or if you don't like one-man plays.


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