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Old New Year

Members say: Confusing, Ambitious, Quirky, Dizzying, Absorbing
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Critics
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3 reviews
Members
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24 reviews
 

Lost & Found Project presents a new multidisciplinary theater piece exploring a mosaic of interrelated personal stories, relationships, and struggles faced by New Yorkers trying to find their way.

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Continuing the company’s tradition of working with the verbatim technique, 'Old New Year' examines the personal experiences of the members. 'Old New Year' recalls those moments when you peer in an illuminated NYC window and wonder about the lives of the residents. What events would cause them to pursue a new path in a new day, or repeat the old stumbles of the old year? To make the right decision, even if it’s difficult, you have to rely on something beyond yourself for guidance. Maybe that’s the moment to remember your roots, even if you have not thought about them for the past 15 years. Lost & Found Project productions delve into the cultural psychology of highly assimilated post-Soviet Jews, most of whom are first-generation Americans with varying degrees of awareness of their Jewish and Russian identities.

 


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Reviews (27)

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47
Avg Score

40
BroadwayWorld

“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

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Pop Dust

"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

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Plays to See

"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

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60
Avg Score

54
Good acting, Just ok, Weak book, Modern set

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.

68
Funny, Dizzying, Great staging, Underdeveloped, Pat

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.

50
Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing

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.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you like quirky and unusual performances. This one fits the bill.

Don't see it if you want to see a more conformist production

70
Ambitious, Slow, Convoluted

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.

65
Ambitious, Clever, Intense, Excruciating, Hyper

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.

Also Clever : i like how the diff't seemingly dissociated characters get in... Read more Read less

65
Dizzying, Great acting, Confusing, Lost, Huh moments

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.

50
Absorbing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

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...

Also Just as it was starting to get interesting, just as answers seemed to ... Read more Read less

50
Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Excruciating, Long

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.

59
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky, Confusing

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

60
Quirky, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind being confused.

Don't see it if confusion is painful.

58
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

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!

73
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky

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.

89
Absorbing, Delightful, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

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.

70
Confusing

See it if You like experimental, constant movement, chaos

Don't see it if You like to follow a coherent story line and cohesive subject

85
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like something completely different

Don't see it if you don't like very wordy shows

63
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Interesting, Unique

See it if You like unique approaches to theatre production

Don't see it if You don't like it when theatre is performed all around I'd you

55
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Good acting,

See it if You like a confused staged production...which tries too hard!

Don't see it if You're looking for great Theatre!

40
During previews
Pointless, Incoherent, Interminable, Circuituous

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

Also This play needs some serious editing and focus: it is just incoherent.... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Just don't

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

Also Why would this be advertised as "immersive" --it's a staged show along... Read more Read less

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During previews
Ambitious

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"

53
During previews
Indulgent, Confusing

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.

5
During previews
Boring, Banal, Confusing, Painful

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.

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During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Very Eastern European style and I think you have to have a certain bac... Read more Read less