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



80
During previews
Indulgent, Great staging, Great singing, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you are intrigued with the idea of technology-addiction. You appreciate constantly brilliant a cappella vocalizing.

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional plot driven musicals (they're is really no plot here). You don't want to listen/work hard to take in the show.

Also This is a very dense work, both in the concepts and in the sheer numbe... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You love great singing in the a capella style.

Don't see it if You don't care about the computer and people who are compulsive about it.

Also The music is very good and the voices are fantastic. But after an hour... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Relevant, Great singing, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if wonderful a capella singing of individual stories related to technology addiction; great set reminiscent of those for help group

Don't see it if 2nd half was confusing & blander (in songs and dialogue); some confusing Tarot references throughout even in Playbill (by song titles)

Also *although Velma's song was moving.... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Relevant, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Unique work makes for a fun evening. The a cappella performance by the cast is enjoyable and the individual stories hold interest.

Don't see it if Different is not for everyone. How we relate to tech and how it shapes our lives is of no interest.

78
During previews
Uneven, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a cappella singing and are interested in internet addiction or if you just want to see what Dave Malloy is up to these days.

Don't see it if you expect a coherent book that doesn't ramble down side alleys with dead ends.

Also The audience response divided by generation, with the younger audience... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Entertaining, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if If you like good music, a capella good acting and a decent story line.

Don't see it if A show that can get slow at times but overall entertaining and enjoyable.

77
During previews
Clever, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Unique musical concept.Each member of an outpatient addiction program mainly sings about themselves in acapella style. Great performances.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the subject matter or are not a fan of this style of singing.

77
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relatable, Great singing, Clever

See it if u want to eavesdrop on a technology addiction support group singing out their struggles of trying to control their impulses in the 21st C.

Don't see it if you're expecting high production values or a plot-heavy storyline. [This is an intimate show, more akin to Ghost Quartet than Great Comet.]

Also This show (divided in 2 parts without an intermission) features some o... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Enchanting, Quirky, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a unique quirky musical with a cautionary tale about addiction to screens, computers and phones, great singing and clever dialogue

Don't see it if you are looking for an arc in the plot, it flat lines by hammering the message home, but not delivering on a solution, even if there is one.

76
During previews
Slow, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like new work that doesn’t fit the traditional theatre format.

Don't see it if You want a fully-polished, Broadway-ready show.

75
During previews
Sui generis, sometimes in extremis

See it if you are a fan of Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre etc. Thus score is also gorgeously eclectic and beautifully sung.

Don't see it if you want a coherent structure to your musicals. This one, despite its premise - the internet can be addictive and dangerous- meanders A LOT.

Also Glad I saw it but I wanted more.

75
During previews
Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Great singing, Clever

See it if You enjoy a cappella music and Dave Malloy. Lyrics are well written and nicely expressed.

Don't see it if You want some sort of meaningful storyline and lots of technical effects.

Also This play takes place in a support group for people addicted to the in... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like a-cappella singing and interesting looking actors.

Don't see it if You want more than just singing like dancing and a plot

70
During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy acapella singing and appreciate a quirky character study-type musical

Don't see it if your internet addictions cause you trauma - and if a show about a support group bothers you.

Also This is a puzzling show - on the one hand, it's environment (amazing s... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Disappointing, Confusing, Great singing, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if Fan of Dave Malloy or a capella singing & instrumentation, concerned about internet addiction, like brand new scores, creative movement

Don't see it if Not an a cappella fan, no interest in addiction stories or humorous confessionals, want lots of movement & dancing, not a fan of long 1-acts

69
During previews
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.

69
During previews
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

53
During previews
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.

50
During previews
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

48
During previews
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 !

48
During previews
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

41
During previews
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

30
During previews
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

90
During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Dated, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of Dave Malloy's work and love a capella style music

Don't see it if You prefer more mainstream musicals or don't want to have to think about a show

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy the work of Dave Malloy, enjoy works that ask hard questions, that allow you to reflect on yourself, and you enjoy great singers

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, or a cappella, or if you just want a mindless fun time.



Cast & Creatives (8)