New York | Ends Jun 30

Octet

From 9 critic and 80 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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



90
During previews
Resonant, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want to hear some of the best singing in NYC and a show anyone who has any technology can relate to

Don't see it if you don't appreciate the simplicity of people telling their stories without a deeply involved story or action

90
During previews
Quirky, Edgy, Great singing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you are looking for something different and posses an open mind. If you are of the Internet Age/are extremely online, you'll get it.

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical, hate acapella, don't understand the internet terms, are averse to foul language/talk of sex or addiction.

90
During previews
Relevant, Clever, Masterful, Riveting, Thrilling

See it if digital addiction(s) is the topic of this anonymous group therapy session--told through acapella singing and discussion.

Don't see it if Very original and thought-provoking​, not for those who don't like acapella singing or intimate theater in the round.

Also I came in as a disbeliever and left changed. Every performance is so n... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Dave malloy is a genius, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love quirky, funny, musicals.This is a support group where the story is told in a capella choral music.It is breathtakingly good.GO!

Don't see it if you want a traditional show.This is a Dave Malloy gem of a piece.I think it should be trimmed a bit, but it is brilliant.Don't miss it!

87
During previews
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are addicted to your phones and computers or know someone who is and want a heady acapella entertainment.

Don't see it if You don’t care about technological addiction, don’t like acapella singing.

87
During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want a show about what we've become in today's Internet age that's weird and wonderful and the right amount of confusing.

Don't see it if You don't want to look at the nuance of social media, and see the good and bad.

86
During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Great singing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want a unique experience in musical theater combining discussion of digital dependence and glorious a capella singing

Don't see it if You want traditional music and comedy, this way too realistic for you

85
During previews
Quirky, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like very ambitious - and a little odd - musical theater.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy almost 2 hours of "a cappella" singing.

Also While the play is billed as a cappella singing, I thought that there w... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate excellent a-cappella singing, clever lyrics, and smooth direction.

Don't see it if you don't care at all about what technology is doing to young people.

Also The only reason I didn't give "Octet" a higher score is because it's e... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You are a Malloy fan. Some of the songs are reminiscent of Great Comet

Don't see it if You are impatient with musicals

85
During previews
Rambling, Thought-provoking, Eclectic, Great singing, Funny

See it if 8 singers in an 8 step program for internet addicts, sharing their stories. Complex acapella music in different styles, expertly performed.

Don't see it if Use of millenial jargon. No plot. Each character leads one piece. Some comedic, some serious, some absurdist.

Also Music 95; spoken monologues 75.

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great singing, Clever

See it if You like musical theater performance. You are aware how our reliance on technology distances us from one another.

Don't see it if If you measure your self-worth by your numbers online. You know who you are. I needn’t explain.

Also Beautifully written, incorporating many musical styles. Bytes of hope ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Relevant, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You relate to the generation of folks who are addicted to technology, social apps, and have a distorted view of themselves.

Don't see it if You don't have a compulsive addictive behavior, don't like music, can't relate to folks who are always on their phone or surfing the net.

85
During previews
Modern, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Appreciate high concept, contemporary musicals mixed with cultural & philosophical commentary. Fan of Dave Malloy or quality a capella.

Don't see it if 2 hours of a capella singing about tech addiction, magic & god with no intermission doesn’t sound appealing to you.

Also This show has so many interesting layers and questions that leave you ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Unique, Enchanting, Relevant, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You like new forms of music theatre and would be open to a sung-through, intimate, a cappella show with a gorgeous, well-sung score.

Don't see it if You’re looking for the opulence of Great Comet. This is small (in a good way), but it’s not a big, bawdy musical.

84
During previews
Timely, Uneven, Innovative, Well-sung, Well-played

See it if you'd like to see the new musical from 1 of the form's true innovators.

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals traditional.

Also “Octet” is the 1st of many David Malloy musicals that Signature will p... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You like acapella singing and it’s by Dave Malloy of Comet/Natasha fame. About technology addiction and help groups.

Don't see it if You expect a full musical production and band. 8 singers and performers. No intermission. 97 minutes

Also Part 2 dragged a little. Too many spoken words

83
During previews
Profound, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Faith-based addiction "Rooms" a cappella original musical with some mythic Tarot symbology. Much like any other "Meeting."

Don't see it if Simplistic, but effective.The residency commences with essentially just piecemeal musical monologues strewn together. without accompaniment.

Also C'mon, just take a guess how many there are.

82
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if Malloy's wonderous chamber musical poem about online addiction A capella singing w/ AA style qualifying by an 'octet' of unorthodox geeks

Don't see it if Like the internet (or any recovery group), both intensely fascinating & utterly banal Quirky pacing of music & prose w/ Quest for God finale

82
During previews
Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if attend a step meeting in a church basement with a group of tech addicts, stories told in song. interesting characters study. unique & funny

Don't see it if if you are not interested in accapella or technology addictions. Creative . located at signature on 42. stadium setting.

81
During previews
Hymn-like a cappella singing, Musically interesting, Mostly sung-through, Unique, Thought-provoking

See it if Octet of Tarot-based singers tell of Internet addiction, online forums, facebook, twitter, gaming, porn, conspiracy/posting, anonymous blogs

Don't see it if You want a more coherent, traditional plot. You have a less sinister view of technology; don’t like mystical religiosity.

81
During previews
Thought-provoking, Clever, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if 8 pt harmony in songs abt internet addiction.8 characters w/diff addiction. Unique show, clever lyrics, well done. Pleasant intimate exper.

Don't see it if you don't care for an almost all-singing show with no overall story arc.

81
During previews
Highly original, What the heck is this piece about, Trippy, Gorgeous music, Something different

See it if You're open to a show that really has no precedent in form or execution. You enjoy a cappella singing.

Don't see it if You prefer not to "work" at understanding what you're seeing.

Also This is the type of piece you have to think about for a while. I enjoy... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a capella singing. Some great voices and lovely, haunting melodies.

Don't see it if the subject matter (technology addiction) is of no interest to you and you prefer big musicals (with musical instruments).

Also I'm still thinking about it as it is so unusual -- in concept and in s... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something very innovative, presented in a simple yet effective manner performed well.

Don't see it if You don’ like a capella performances, need elaborate staging and sets.



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