“Unfortunately, all this talent, passion, and raw intelligence finds inadequate outlet in ‘Old New Year’s’ chaotic, disparate stories…The characters are not wholly unsympathetic or without depth...There are simply too many subplots insufficiently integrated for us to become invested in any of them…The standard of coherence may be less stringent in experimental theater, but a production still has to work as theater, and ‘Old New Year,’ sadly, doesn't.” Full Review
"Actors gamely throw themselves into the text, and are able to elicit a reaction from the audience, however the lack of a compelling narrative leaves them with a Sisyphean struggle...There seems remarkably little at stake, and little or no reason to root for any of the characters...'Old New Year' is never able to rise above its status as a thoughtful experiment. It is not a disaster, but neither is it the life-changing, genre-defying work it seems to set out to be." Full Review
"The story doesn’t resolve or grow much, but its characters mostly feel authentically dramatic and interesting...Can’t quite decide if it’s a way for members of the community to reckon with its own dynamics or a way to represent this community to the rest of the world...Definitely veers a little into weird-for-weirdness sake, but a redeemable amount. The various story lines are unfocused, but its characters come to life. It won’t cause epiphanies, but its characters make for enriching company." Full Review
See it if you want to see a different kind of show with engaged and pretty good cast. The book is weak. Cool use of space.
Don't see it if value a great book. The story here is weak, whereas the cast efforts make it more enjoyable.
See it if you want to support local theatre, or have a strong connection to the Russian Jewish experience (apparently this is what it was about)
Don't see it if you are expecting great things, or want a fully fleshed out pro production. Lot's of shouting...
See it if you're interested in an experimental use of space and interactive media, and themes of immigration (including non-English dialogue).
Don't see it if you want deep character development, genuine surprise endings, or strong plot arcs. It's more a meandering slice-of-life than a narrative.
See it if You want to see something very different. You are open to new things. You don't expect a play with depth.
Don't see it if You are not interested in what some might call experimental theater. You like traditional theater.
See it if You enjoy experimental theatre with clever staging and an enthusiastic cast, but an unengaging plot.
Don't see it if You can't take non-linear plots, or uncomfortable seats, lights in your face and poor sightlines for long periods of time.
See it if you are open minded to other cultural styles of drama & humor. I suggest coming w/ a Russian pal would help to not get lost in translation.
Don't see it if you like a typical american light drama & traditional staging as this is 1.5 hr. of intense & loud dialogues by a hyper cast in open stage.
See it if You're Interested in Russian or Jewish experience . Like young frenetic episodic experimental angst.
Don't see it if Want a straightforward play. Don't like multiple characters unclear storylines. Have no interest in Jewish/Russian immigrant stories
See it if You want to see an off off braodway play. The story line does lack cohesiveness to the characters. Good thing is that the actors are good.
Don't see it if You are a visual person, needs a simple plot.
See it if You live in the neighborhood and like a "moving stage" meaning the actors are constantly playing on 3 sides of a room.
Don't see it if You want a linear plot with an understandable conclusion. Don't see it if you don't like people yelling.
See it if You don't mind nontraditional plays without a stage, actors performing in with the audience.
Don't see it if Like traditional plays with a beginning, middle & ending!
See it if you like experimental theater and like supporting up and coming theater groups. It's thought provoking and not obvious. Go with an open mind
Don't see it if You aren't willing to be imaginative. Want a traditional play setting and theater. Need everything to make sense.
See it if ...you're interested in explorations of the human condition, engaging theatre, and thought-provoking insights into simply being happy.
Don't see it if ... you're not one to maintain focus for a fast paced thought-provoking show, or if not comfortable being up close to the performance.
See it if you are an adventurous theater-goer with interest in Russian/Jewish relationships & great tolerance for all-but-the-kitchen sink performance
Don't see it if a nearly 2 hour play in an unventilated 'warehouse', no intermission, with poor sight lines (despite the g-d awful 'video') would do you in
See it if If you are into experimental theater and want to support small companies with room for improvement. I honestly don't know what it was about.
Don't see it if If you expect to be entertained, moved or educated in the 100 minutes w/ointermission, that you are trapped like a rat in folding chair hell
See it if You're willing to sit through a long, experimental piece that bounces btwn characters' stories for clever staging and 2.5 good actors.
Don't see it if You dislike multilingual scripts without translations. You dislike shows that fall very short of being "profound"
See it if You got nothing to do and can spare a few hours to support local productions. And if you are of Russian-decent.
Don't see it if Experimental plays does not interest you. Or if you expect thought provoking, well-written plays.
See it if You had a few drinks before the show and this is your "down time" before going out and doing something actually useful with your life.
Don't see it if What to see a play. Because it isn't.
See it if You're into experimental theatre. You like Russian/Eastern European theatre. You yourself is Russian/Eastern European/Jewish.
Don't see it if You can't stand anything experimental. You're not into small theatre groups with big ambitions.
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