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My Name's Not Indian Joe

From 40 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

In this new musical, a young Texas woman and a homeless Native American man strike up an unexpected friendship. Directed by Emmy Award winner Don Scardino and starring Tony nominee Elizabeth A. Davis.


The progressive folk sound of the production weaves together acoustic instrumentation with strains of industrial pop. In this deeply fraught moment in our country, the show seeks to remind us proximity is power on the dirt road to healing. Based on a true story.

Member Reviews (40)


Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant
Avg Score

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Davis' beautiful songscape is affectionate, poignant & melancholy as well as expertly sung But more autobiographical than politically adroit

Don't see it if The chaotic book is both naive & misguided Indian Joe's adversity story is sacrificed for Davis' "growing pains" saga & often looses empathy

Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing, Great music, Entertaining

See it if Like music for alot of the show is music. As for the story it was good.

Don't see it if Hate music, small theater, but seat are comfortable and not alot of leg room.

Beautiful lighting/staging, Some very talented performers, Story/tone uneven, Promising, but clichéd

See it if You'd appreciate a bluegrass score performed by able cast in well-staged production. The lead sings, acts, fiddles in a story she's written.

Don't see it if Can't look past some amateurish writing, a few actors who can't project, a story with shifting focus, or are hoping for an insightful work.

Also I enjoyed this, despite my criticism. It's an ambitious undertaking an... Read more Read less

Good music. well staged. weak story telling.

See it if You don't mind seeing works in progress.

Don't see it if You want a finished play.

Ambitious, Great singing, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You know someone in the cast or want to hear great musicians do a mix of good and so-so songs. Entertaining moments

Don't see it if The story lulls heavily at times and the voices don't always rise above the instruments. Awkward staging. Not bad by any means but not great

Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if The a/c isn’t necessary!!

Don't see it if You can find something else to see.

A whole lot of talent, A fascinating true story, A committed cast having fun, But...

See it if You want to see a new off the beaten track musical. With decidedly not the usual broadway sound.

Don't see it if You dont want to explore the relationship of the university grad do gooder and elderly homeless alcoholic 'do badder'.

Also Another play I really dont know how I feel about. I was more moved by ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Resonant

See it if Girl with some white guilt attempts to save homeless Native American man begins to see struggles of folks with less privilege. Great music.

Don't see it if Scratches on struggles of Native Americans and Blacks through a learning white female. “Color blind” white people annoy you.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

Entertaining / moving, Great set & lighting, Ambitious / promising book, Excellent musicians (on-stage band), Relevant lyrics / strong singing

See it if you're ok w/message-y shows. Fun original folk music played by great musicians helps to move the still thin work-in-progress script along.

Don't see it if you require perfected/finished shows w/elaborate moving sets & costumes. Still, can't beat the excellent on-stage band, & strong singing.

Also You had me @ "based on a true story".... Read more Read less

Has potential, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You like seeing works in development. The music was entertaining and good performances

Don't see it if You need a fully developed musical. This still feels like a work in progress that needs to be worked out.

Also There is a compelling story here somewhere, but I felt like it needs s... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like a good "life story" with good voices and good music

Don't see it if You want deep meaning

Absorbing, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see

See it if You enjoy actor/musician shows. Want to see a show that portrays a Native American as a person and not an archetype.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light. Dislike Americana/folk/country music.

Also My Name's Not Indian Joe won't be winning any beauty pageants. It's no... Read more Read less

Great music and singing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great music on stage and an interesting story. The cast is terrific.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in an autobiographical story or don't like country music.

Also This could use some revisions/editing from someone who is not the lead... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if If you want to see an emotional semi-biographical story about the American Indian experience and the people that surround them.

Don't see it if You have an aversion to country-bluegrass music and no interest in the struggle for acceptance and the diversity between different people.

Also The bluegrass band is onstage and play and acts small roles in the pla... Read more Read less

Great orchestra, Good acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you’re interested in a life story of two unlikely people forging a bond.

Don't see it if you don’t like folk music or stories w/ comments on racial discrimination, politics, homelessness accompanied w/ derogatory terms & cursing.

Also I felt the story needed to be tightened a bit and may be cut it to 100... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if music was lovely and heartfelt. Gist:when we discard preconceived notions about others ,understanding,acceptance, and even love will follow

Don't see it if no reason to miss this show.

Entertaining, Dated, Cliched, Great singing, Well-meaning but trite story sinks this otherwise enjoyable show with great music!

See it if If you like alt-country music (think Emmy Lou Harris to Shania Twain) you will love this show despite the clumbsy story.

Don't see it if You dislike country music.

Well produced, Talented musicians, Unfocused storyline, Narrative concert more than musical play

See it if you enjoy Elizabeth Davis, bluegrass score; expressive music fills gaps in writing and acting

Don't see it if you expect a fully staged narrative musical; it's a concert w uncertainly acted scenes; tonally uneven ode to an unlikely friendship

Also Although well produced, with fully realized set and lighting design--t... Read more Read less


See it if you enjoy evenings of acceptable, "fine," theatre.

Don't see it if you want a show full of live and drive with a truly dynamic score.

Also This isn't a bad show. But it's not necessarily a good show either. It... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a show in progress with some decent bluegrass music

Don't see it if you want a finished product with a good story. It's more about the author/songwriter/performer than about Indian Joe.

Ambitious, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if you like country music and Broadway-quality singing, and have a layperson's interest in issues of social justice and race relations.

Don't see it if you're well-versed/active in social justice work & don't like narratives centering white activists. Also, if you prefer big-stage spectacle.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a meaningful show with well-placed and well-written songs.

Don't see it if want to see pure drama.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like theatre based on real stories.

Don't see it if you want theatre as an escape from real-life issues.

Also This show has a lot of promise. Some of the moments are a bit heavy-ha... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You love bluegrass music and beautiful harmonies. You enjoy musician-actors. You're looking for something small and intimate.

Don't see it if This is a work in progress, so don't expect to see a flawless piece. It's almost there, it just needs to fine-tune its POV.

Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Great original music and singing. A true story/ memoir about Native American experience

Don't see it if You're not interested in music of the mid-west, and Indian affairs

“My Name's Not Indian Joe” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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