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Octet

From 213 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Absorbing

About the show

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


Member Reviews (213)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Absorbing

69
Ambitious but dull

See it if You like Dave Malloy music and attempts at new formats.

Don't see it if You don't like accapella songs

69
Quirky, Indulgent

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.

69
Creative, well acted, but disjointed, Creative,

See it if you enjoy Dave Malloy's creative skill and risk taking. All in all a very good effort.

Don't see it if There are sections that are overly long and it was hard to follow the narrative thread (the "god sequence" in particular).

69
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if you are interested in different styles of theatre.

Don't see it if If you're not tech savvy or understand the terminology.

During previews
53
Acappella concert, Relevant, Cliched, Slow, Excruciating

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.

During previews
69
Slow, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

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

Also This was interesting and the voices/talents were exceptional, but the ... Read more Read less

During previews
50
Toss-up, Horrible, Wonderful

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.

Also I am amazed by the virtuosity of the lyricist. Never-the-less, the aud... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Relevant, Indulgent, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.


May 19th, 2019
"The most original and topical musical of the year...A portrait in song of perhaps the greatest David and Goliath struggle of our time...These layered and contrapuntal voices produce a dazzling spectrum of effects, like the swelling harmonies associated with traditional choral music and the cryst...
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May 24th, 2019
“Malloy’s splendidly wrought new musical, ‘Octet’—performed nearly completely a capella...Under Annie Tippe’s taut direction, all eight bits of ‘Octet’s’ byte-size cast perform Malloy’s challenging compositions with exceptional skill, abetted by Or Matias’s musical direction and Hidenori Nakajo’s...
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May 20th, 2019
"Malloy’s extraordinary new chamber-choir musical 'Octet' uses a simple structure to go spelunking into a complex, ominous, continuously exquisite series of caves...The marvelous actor-singers of 'Octet' feel like tentative, searching acolytes...Under Annie Tippe’s agile, imaginative direction, e...
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May 19th, 2019
"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...
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