Mouse: The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought
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Mouse: The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought

Mouse: The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought NYC Reviews and Tickets

(22 Reviews)
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Clever, Masterful, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining

About the Show

St. Ann's Warehouse presents Daniel Kitson's solo show about a writer's very strange and life-changing all-night phone call.

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Member Reviews (22)

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691 Reviews | 212 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Profound, Funny, Masterful

See it if You want to be drawn into level upon level of a writer's conversation with a mysterious stranger. I'm still thinking about it.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy solo performances.

456 Reviews | 256 Followers
Bold, Intelligent, Humorous, Highly entertaining, Well-crafted

See it if you enjoy intelligent, clever, humorous storytelling. Daniel Kitson is a master of his craft.

Don't see it if you do not like one-person shows. But this is clever enough to be a two-person show. Read more

395 Reviews | 68 Followers
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to think and don't mind a little confusion

Don't see it if You expect a well defined plot

263 Reviews | 52 Followers
Intimate, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Convoluted, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy introspective solo shows, and like an intellectually challenging story. Well-staged, with constant believable action.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about the show, or don't enjoy solo shows. Read more

253 Reviews | 32 Followers
Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are willing to be challenged by your idea of theater and to be drawn into an alternative and highly individual world.

Don't see it if you will be frustrated missing some of the dialogue because of his accent and delivery or if you need a coherent plot or story.

205 Reviews | 59 Followers
Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Kitson's work or of the storytelling genre, of which this is one of the best examples.

Don't see it if you have little patience for solo shows.

186 Reviews | 33 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if love actors and what they do. It's an extremely accomplished performance, And very funny. Enjoyable evening.

Don't see it if don't like theatrical monologues.

162 Reviews | 73 Followers
Clever, Dizzying, Profound, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You want to see one of the best (if not THE best) monologists working today.

Don't see it if You do not have patience for intellectual, circumlocutory, protracted monologues on the meaning of life and love.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
November 13th, 2016

"If there’s one lesson to be derived from 'Mouse,' it’s that you should always be suspicious of the connections you wishfully intuit with people you talk to. On the other hand, if you’re too wary in assessing what others have to say, then you’ll wind up missing out on many of the more pleasurable entertainments life has to offer, like this very show...Mr. Kitson has an uncommon gift for sustaining not only different and seemingly divergent story lines but also different sensibilities."
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Time Out New York
November 15th, 2016

"The most endearing sections are when he speaks directly to us…At times, and in comparison to these outrageously charming moments, the scripted sections can feel slightly too artificial, and we do see narrative developments coming a mile away. But that's all part of the aesthetic. Kitson likes a certain sense of the inevitable...Once you grasp a Kitson conceit, you should just sit back and watch it unwind like a reel-to-reel tape."
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The Guardian (UK)
November 17th, 2016

"Kitson is a defiantly compelling performer...One of the great pleasures of a Kitson show is the contrast between the sweetness at the heart of many of his stories and the rather more acerbic quality of his audience interactions...Those who have seen Kitson’s work before will find the tone familiar and several of the twists extremely guessable. Still, there’s a beautifully shambolic quality to much of the show and the extemporaneous moments make the piece feel excitingly unpredictable."
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Village Voice
November 23rd, 2016

"Though the script takes some predictable turns, Kitson’s performance is consistently delightful...Only occasionally does this set of deftly interlaced shaggy-dog stories start to feel a bit too shaggy. Some more compression would help streamline things, to avoid the feeling of an overly drawn-out conclusion, but 'Mouse' still manages to capture the audience’s imagination in a sticky, sweet, entertaining trap of a play."
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The Guardian (UK)
August 8th, 2016
For a previous production

"Unsurprisingly for a show set in a steel container, 'Mouse' can feel claustrophobic, and couldn’t be accused of getting quickly to its point. But as ever, it’s easy to submit to Kitson’s playfully showy writing and his spirit of romantic melancholy that steers for the heart of what being alive is all about…The occasional clunkiness is forgivable in a show this humane and open-hearted."
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What's On Stage (UK)
August 9th, 2016
For a previous production

"Kitson's dialogue combines gorgeous turns of phrase, daft comedy riffs, and more profound digs into human psyche...Kitson has won a huge following for tucking a comedian's laugh-rate inside moving stories of human frailty, served through some fiendish technical conceit or formal invention. 'Mouse' delivers on all three, a well-sprung trap of a show that draws you in and snaps shut in a hugely satisfying fashion."
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August 24th, 2016
For a previous production

"This could become just another self-absorbed piece about the life of the artist...As ever, though, in Kitson’s hands, the language takes flight, and the detail of contemporary life that forms the backdrop to this strange incident glows with a strange, affectionate vividness, offering us a journey through loss, coincidence, and the tiny decisions that shape our lives, that haunts the mind, and confirms Kitson’s status as a master storyteller at the height of his powers."
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The London Evening Standard
August 22nd, 2016
For a previous production

"What is refreshingly enjoyable here is the way the story evolves. The chat is like a chess game, each man making a move to outwit the other. Even if you guess the end the reveal is neatly executed. ‘Mouse’ may leave some cold, but despite an undertow of melancholy it finds the writer in accessible comic form, reflecting in an aside on losing friends to 'marriage, parenthood or the east Midlands.' Even if this is not Kitson at full throttle there is much here that will stay in the memory."
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