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 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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'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.