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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

During previews
48
Pointless, Boring, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You are 30 years old or younger and admit to an addiction to the internet and live your life on snapchat, instagram, what’s app and tinder.

Don't see it if You think you are in for a spectacular experience like Natasha, Pierre and Great Comet of 1812 because playwright is same, you are not !

Also There is no there there. Stay away unless you are under 30 !

During previews
41
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want a plotless a cappella “musical”. About 8 lost souls addicted on technology meet for sessions like an AA meeting.

Don't see it if You want a story, if you want intelligent lyrics. No set, just 8 chairs. Three sided audience, backs to you, hard to hear. Dull characters

Also Nothing much happens. Plays as confessions been done many times before... Read more Read less

During previews
48
Pretentious, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if U WANT 2 C A DEPRESSING PLAY ABOUT ADDICTED TECHIES UNABLE TO COPE WITH LIFE WHO MEET 2 HELP EACH OTHER (WITHOUT SUCCESS) ALL IN SONG

Don't see it if U R NOT FAMILIAR WITH TECHIE TERMS NOR WANT TO LISTEN TO MUSIC WHERE ALL SONGS SOUND THE SAME ALBEIT SUNG BY WONDERFUL VOICES

During previews
30
Stupefying, numbing

See it if if you're a fan of Molloy's work.

Don't see it if you like a show with a story, wit, and human interaction.

Also The sheer volume of work Molloy has put out for this 1 hour, 45 minute... Read more Read less


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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