One Discordant Violin
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One Discordant Violin
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One Discordant Violin NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(25 Reviews)
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Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting

About the Show

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.

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Member Reviews (25)

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501 Reviews | 127 Followers
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Heartfelt, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great music, Great acting

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 Read more

409 Reviews | 74 Followers
79
Disappointing book, Great violin music, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Solo show but with 2nd non-speaking character playing beautiful violin music; a would-be writer meets a musician (full-time job custodian)

Don't see it if Want more character development and/or more music. Expecting Martel's absorbing work. (I am a huge Life of Pi fan.) Read more

344 Reviews | 85 Followers
69
Meditative, Philosophical, Intimate, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy podcasts like This American Life, Radiolab, Rough Translation. You were a lit major.

Don't see it if You dislike shows that are essentially extended monologues. Read more

330 Reviews | 69 Followers
94
Great writing, Great acting, Delicate, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if a work of art has ever touched your soul to such a degree that the experience stands out as life altering, or if you'd like to.

Don't see it if You are not willing to work with the author and actors to understand how something as seemingly inconsequential as a concert can change you.

239 Reviews | 45 Followers
86
Intelligent, Moving, A theatrical gem

See it if you like short, small, understated plays that grab you and go deep, touching on power of art & life's disillusionment, complex but beautiful

Don't see it if you prefer a large production,don't get plays that just skim the surface of things and let the audience fill in many of the missing pieces.

236 Reviews | 22 Followers
80
Great staging, Captivating

See it if You want an interesting piece that will suck you into its world with detailed writing, clever staging and beautiful use of light and sound.

Don't see it if You want a show with a strong story - the set up is so intricate that it seems as if it should go somewhere more.

112 Reviews | 52 Followers
70
Beautiful music but not enough to make a play!

See it if U want to hear beautiful haunting music created by Aaron Collier & Jacques Mindreau. It will make you believe in beauty no matter what/where

Don't see it if U expect a fully developed story because it is just a solo actor recounting a chance meeting with a ordinary war vet/janitor & a concert. Read more

117 Reviews | 25 Followers
85
Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if The show started with the Violinist played in the darkness and slowly opened up. It was meditative and mesmerizing, told the story in 70 min

Don't see it if If you don’t like a slow play and hope you can find the bright light at the end.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
November 3rd, 2019

"In Search of Soul-Stirring Art: Anthony Black’s play is about the life-sustaining power of creating art. But it never overcomes the dull short story from which it’s adapted."
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Time Out New York
November 4th, 2019

3/5 Stars "This overwritten monologue explores well-worn themes...Yet...As Mindreau plays on our heartstrings with his bow, the play’s points about the power of art transform from rambling intellectual argument into emotional epiphany."
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Theatermania
November 3rd, 2019

"Art's Ephemerality Disguised as a Terrifying Haunted House in 'One Discordant Violin': Anthony Black adapts, directs, designs, and stars in a short new play based on a story by Yann Martel."
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BroadwayWorld
November 8th, 2019

"'ONE DISCORDANT VIOLIN' at 59E59 Theaters is for Music Lovers and Many More"
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Talkin' Broadway
November 3rd, 2019

"All of the elements of stagecraft come together in a way that blends the ethereal and the mundane into a fascinating theatrical event."
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New York Stage Review
November 3rd, 2019

4/5 Stars "Actor-adapter Anthony Black brings a right-smart short story by Yann Martel (of 'The Life of Pi') to the stage."
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TheaterScene.net
November 6th, 2019

"What this team of artists has created is a serious piece of storytelling that is also a glorious treat for the eyes and ears. If you've figured that the show will just be a guy narrating a short story while another guy plays violin, you're certain to be pleasantly surprised."
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November 18th, 2019

"As a whole, 'One Discordant Violin' satisfies the theatergoer's palate with an enchanting story that rings true, is compellingly relatable, and plucks the strings of the heart with cosmic vibrations."
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