Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

Newton's Cradle (NYMF)

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant

About the show

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An autistic man wants to marry his girlfriend against his family's wishes in this fast-paced, non-linear tuner directed by Tony-winning actress Victoria Clark. More…

Evan is determined to marry his girlfriend Charlie, but his father and brother don't want him to. Or rather, his father doesn't think he can and his brother doesn't think he will. And his mother won't tell them otherwise. They're all so concerned with what autistic Evan might do, but he knows he is more than just his needs, and he's going to prove it.

1h 45m | Already closed | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (12)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant
85
Avg Score

92
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if I was extremely moved by this show. The writing, acting, music were all outstanding.

Don't see it if See it....

68
Relevant, Resonant, Original, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if An interesting take on autism and relationships, original storytelling and good songs

Don't see it if Want linear storytelling and elaborate sets

75
Ambitious, Original, Relevant, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you're interested in unconventional family relationships/drama, with good singing and believable characters.

Don't see it if you need a linear narrative (or clearly defined flashbacks), you want each song to be more distinct, or dislike shows that need some edits.

78
Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You liked Curious Incident & would be interested in similar settings in a musical. That being said, it's much more adult-themed. Solid perfs

Don't see it if you need a distinct timeline to enjoy a show; it can be a little confusing at first until you get into Evan's character & understand his POV

96
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a fast paced show with emotional impact. Strong cast, interesting story and good music. Was on the edge of my seat. Great material

Don't see it if you aren't comfortable with a non-linear story.

64
Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Resonant

See it if Well, you can't now but: You like Victoria Clark. The subject matter of autism appeals to you.

Don't see it if It does not. You are reading this after it closes.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if you enjoy seeing into the reality of people living with autism.

Don't see it if You don't like real and emotional scenarios.

95
Exquisite, Edgy, Great acting, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you want fresh take on autism in every day life- the Saunders brothers are fantastic and the writing is beautiful

Don't see it if you need a very linear, easy to follow story, there's work involved but it's worth it

91
Clever, Genuine, Enchanting

See it if you like thought-provoking, dizzying nonlinear storytelling about identity that challenges you.

Don't see it if you want a simple, straight-forward fluffy musical and/or want a musical with a lot of dancing.

95
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if you like a musical with substance that is also very entertaining. It's quite brilliant with great insight into some aspects of autism.

Don't see it if you're looking for perfection. The second act still needs some work. But it was still a great evening.

100
Great writing, Resonant, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if you know anyone on the Autism spectrum, or want to learn more.

Don't see it if you don't like emotions.

100
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Great show, powerful, poignant. Rose Hemingway was amazing as Chelsea.

Don't see it if no reason at all NOT TO SEE IT!


August 8th, 2016
“Evan’s past - peopled by his vigilant mother, worried father and loving, resentful brother, Michael - overlaps with his present in this warmhearted show. A couple of plot points defy belief...But the score is beautiful, with patterns and loops and cacophonies that echo Evan’s mind. The ensemble ...
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August 5th, 2016
"As one of the most nuanced entries in this year's festival, 'Newton's Cradle' is structured to replicate the brain function of someone on the spectrum...The subject matter, paired with the minimal amount of plot the musical ends up putting forth, leaves the door wide open to trite sentiments, cl...
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August 6th, 2016
"'Newton's Cradle' itself struggles to find good reasons to sing. The writers haven't settled on a consistent method of musicalizing Evan's struggle, so you're never really able to crawl into his head the way you ought to be able to do with a main character...This is a musical that seems more abo...
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August 5th, 2016
"The actors are uniformly strong...The music is unmelodic and doesn’t add much color to the show, but the lyrics fare better. The direction by Victoria Clark is steady and clarifies much of the action. 'Newton’s Cradle' has taken on a worthy challenge, but despite the talented cast and director, ...
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