Three-time Tony Award-nominee Dave Malloy ("Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812") begins his Residency 5 as Signature’s first musical theatre writer with this world premiere musical. More…
Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, "Octet" explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st century technology
See it if Very creative with timely themes. Great singing and choreography. Unique and special. Fun and very thought-provoking.
Don't see it if There is one scene that had nothing to do with anything else. It is interesting in itself but it's jarring on the continuity of the whole.
See it if Really inventive concept for a show. The music and the vocals are VERY impressive. Subject matter is relevant to today.
Don't see it if You dislike the format of A Chorus Line or Assassins. This is similar where each character has a song but it's all connected by a theme.
See it if far ranging/imaginative exploration of our addiction 2 technology "monster", how tech defines us; striking music/lyrics; amazing a/c singing
Don't see it if u don't like modern a cappella or complex, poetic lyrics w obscure techno-speak; little plot development/character interaction
See it if you want to be entranced by 8 people singing a cappella basically non-stop for 2 hours, flawlessly.
Don't see it if you're looking for something that really has something to say. This show keeps hinting at a deeper meaning but never quite finds the payoff.
See it if you’re looking for something entirely original, fresh, and contemporary. It’s the best a capela musical about Internet addiction out there.
Don't see it if you prefer the classics or don’t want to be challenged. This show goes to strange places, so if you’re not into quirk this isn’t for you.
See it if You enjoy a capella singing. You enjoy self-help groups where actors sit around in a circle. You want some of the free coffee on stage.
Don't see it if You'd be bored by the (too-long) piece in the second part that runs about 30 minutes. Everything else except that piece was entertaining.
See it if you enjoy a cappella singing, new plays & librettos with a current topic; talented ensemble with beautiful voices and harmonies.
Don't see it if not interested in seeing a bare bones set, a rare Signature musical or a self help meeting for people with internet/technology addiction.
See it if you want to see an intelligent and innovative piece about internet addicts. The a cappella style suits the story perfectly.
Don't see it if you don't care about innovation in the theatre. "Octet" pushes boundaries in the art of theatrical storytelling. JUST GO!!
See it if interested in how tech’s made ppl faster but not better (and arguably faster at being worse); you’re good at following unpredictable lyrics.
Don't see it if bothered that the show illustrates a situation, rather than a plot; dislike so much cleverness; turning to God fixes all of your problems.
See it if you're interested in an acapella musical about internet/technology addiction. Beautiful arrangements/singing, fun but also thought-provoking
Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional musical, or something family friendly. Lots of crude language and adult references.
See it if A talented cast performs a cappella songs, often in 8-part harmony, that illuminate the problems of internet addiction.
Don't see it if If you’re looking for a more traditionally linear show. Sometimes the lyrics were hard to understand.
See it if curious about a bathos-rooted, semi-pretentious, thoroughly mind-opening a cappella (mostly) performance about 21st-century tech-addiction.
Don't see it if expecting the luscious world of Dave Malloy’s The Great Comet; listening to people wax-on about technology/internet obsessions don't appeal.
See it if you like very strong vocalist singing a cappella. I didn't know what it was about and it was an "Aha!" moment! 7/8th of a great show!
Don't see it if You are looking for anything like Comet. It's a different show, with its own life, and message. see below. Needs a little trimming.
See it if Aca-mazing support group of tech addicts. Beautiful singing of how tech's consuming our minds and perhaps our souls.
Don't see it if You don't use tech (i.e., smart phones) — this would make little sense to you. No main plot, more anecdotes of various ways tech addicts us.
See it if excellent signing with really interesting harmonies and melodies.
Don't see it if essentially just songs with a minimal book. show could get dated very quickly.
See it if a QUIRKY theater piece sounds entertaining to you.
Don't see it if the thought of a musical with out music doesn't even make you say "huh."
Also Beautiful voices. Talented cast. WEIRD everything else.
See it if You love great singing and musicianship. Are interested is addiction, technology, counseling. Like Malloy's immersive approach to theatre.
Don't see it if Don't enjoy wonderful vocal performance and witty writing.
Also Loved, loved, loved it!
See it if you're a fan of Malloy; you enjoy a cappella; you want to contemplate time and space and existence; you're looking for something new
Don't see it if you're looking for traditional structure; you're tired of shows that ponder about social media and technology; you need an orchestra
See it if you're a big fan of Malloy and want to hear a talented cast sing his music. If you like themes of modern addictions.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of a capella. Or if you're not a fan of the occult.
See it if You enjoy a cappella singing & are concerned about the many ways we become addicted to technology. Imaginative!
Don't see it if You prefer less complex entertainment,
See it if You want to see something that's like Black Mirror meets "Life Support" from Rent. You enjoy a cappella music, and/or Malloy's work.
Don't see it if You have absolutely zero tolerance for theatre that is non-linear in its dramaturgic construction. It is more akin to a series of stories.
See it if You want to see a unique, perfectly executed, beautifully sung new musical focusing on relevant social issues.
Don't see it if You only like plays with traditional narratives and plot lines.
See it if Dave malloys a cappella musical about internet addiction but also faith v reason,spirituality v worldliness, & search for connection
Don't see it if It is beautifully sung and starts off as self help group but veers wildly towards the end into mysticism and magic which may be confusing