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
"A thoughtful, if simultaneously overstuffed and underdramatized, exploration of an issue that couldn't be more relevant...Each of the dozen songs is linked to a tarot card, and if you're wondering why, I'm at a loss to explain it. It's indicative of Molloy's overreaching...The composer's talents, however, are on ample display in his stirring music and intricate, frequently polyphonic arrangements...It makes one eager to see what his restless mind comes up with next." Full Review
See it if you like acapella music. Well sung but I thought premise was stretched too thin, and characters underdeveloped. Became tedious and boring.
Don't see it if you want developed characters you might care about and a premise that is more than a hackneyed critique of modern times.
See it if You want to see something new, innovative and different. You are a fan of Dave Molloy. You love a capella and are up for an entire musical.
Don't see it if You are expecting Comet of 1812 [I was] - it's NOT! You do not like a capella singing. You want an emotional connection with the characters
See it if you like acappella with new songs that are sometimes clever even though they border on trite and repetitive.
Don't see it if you expect a play rather than songs strung together by a flimsy plot artifice.
See it if you want hear glorious voices singing solo and in harmony.
Don't see it if you don't want to see 8 people suffering in 8 different ways who are only connected by their despair.
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