Based on a short story by "Life of Pi" author Yann Martel, this new work is a moving duet for actor and violinist about finding beauty in unexpected places and what can happen when we reach beyond our grasp. More…
From the show:
From the producers of the critically acclaimed Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. Based on a short story by famed Life of Pi author Yann Martel.
An aspiring Canadian writer is visiting Washington, DC on his first ever trip to the United States. After stumbling upon a group of Vietnam War veterans performing classical concertos in an abandoned theater, he has a life-changing encounter with a forgotten American composer. One Discordant Violin is an extraordinarily moving duet for actor and violinist about finding beauty in unexpected places and what can happen when we reach beyond our grasp.
See it if "A duet for storyteller and violinist." Beauty and art can be found in unexpected places and can change how one feels and sees the world.
Don't see it if you are not interested in a cerebral experience; there is a sense of melancholy which might not appeal to all & the music is mournful; wordy
See it if Like moody, elegiac one man shows. Nice characterization, innovative light/projection design and use of set.
Don't see it if Looking for much of a plot, happy ending, or excitement. Can't stand one man shows
See it if you like a good thought-provoking story about art and creating art, and the hardships that go along with it.
Don't see it if do not like small intimate plays.
See it if you appreciate original, imaginative, sensitive, stirring, intelligent playwrighting, acting, and set design in a virtually one-man show
Don't see it if you prefer dialogue to monologue, and action to stillness, and definitely not if you don't like the violin
See it if you like a show that draws on literary allusions and represents one person's moment of transcendence.
Don't see it if you don't want to see what is essentially a monologue.
See it if music and staging were interesting and creative. Narrated story was overwrought and never grabbed me- the core was not well developed.
Don't see it if You like fresh words and stories that are moving. The writing lacked the talent of the music and didn’t carry its’ weight.
See it if Canadian forever touched by memories of forgotten veteran custodial concerto virtuoso.Operatic."With music, the mind's traffic is silenced."
Don't see it if Apolitical multiple-role monologue w/ strings/vocalising."We were defined by wars we didn't follow America into/Same river, different Bush"
Also "I had it all; so; within the reach of my hand"
See it if you enjoy moving, intricate, vivid storytelling, classical violin music, coming of age stories, and reminiscence about the pain of USA wars
Don't see it if you prefer large casts, elaborate sets, costumes, and orchestra, multiple acts, comedies, musicals, or light themes, or you can’t sit 70 min
See it if You like classical music, the play starts with beautiful music in dark, it really evokes feelings, then it is followed by a narrator
Don't see it if You are not a fan of small, bare bone theater. You are waiting for action, drama, intensity.
See it if The consonance and dissonance of sounds in music are allegorical representations of the dreams, aspirations of humankind versus the violence
Don't see it if If you do not like classical music, since violin playing it is critical to the storytelling.
See it if you like Yann Martel in any form. But this short story is no Life of Pi & shouldn't be a 75 minute drama. Nothing dramatic happens
Don't see it if you expect an earth-shattering event to take place in this play. The narrator describes his (unseen) experience & his life doesn't change.
See it if you're in search of a tweak on the one-man-show: Anthony Black's literary monologue gets live violin accompaniment from Jacques Mindreau.
Don't see it if you heard "multimedia" and thought "razzle-dazzle." This production is barebones and its use of media is streamlined, if thoughtfully so.