One Night Only (running as long as we can)
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One Night Only (running as long as we can)

One Night Only (running as long as we can) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(20 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious, Delightful

About the Show

Contemporary dance troupe Monica Bill Barnes & Company and WP Theater join forces for this world-premiere work, which celebrates the ephemeral nature of everything, including our own abilities.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (20)

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61 Reviews | 35 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, A wow from start to finish



393 Reviews | 101 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Indulgent, Exhilarating

See it if You're a fan or have never seen Barnes & Co. and are up for a strange & wonderful meditation on life, pain, sacrifice & mortality, and joy.

Don't see it if You're not open to just giving in to having a theatrical experience, one that defies narrative or even genre, or don't like or "get"metaphor Read more

55 Reviews | 6 Followers
Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want an experience completely different from other theater. Pre-show is also entertaining, as was the announcer during the show.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate dance and movement, a small amount of audience participation and need a regular story line.

349 Reviews | 57 Followers
Best 64 minutes in a theater this year, Charming yet gritty, Wonderful talent, Superfluous voiceover

See it if A pair of dancers who interpret the determination, pain & ability every successful athlete must muster. Sit close & be entranced. Panders...

Don't see it if a bit, but same can be said about professional sports. Clever, but also poignant. Don't expect a strictly dancing event, this is theater.

761 Reviews | 165 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you like athletic-styled modern dance (particularly boxing) as a metaphor for the dancer's life, fan of Monica Bill Barnes, women power

Don't see it if you don't like modern dance used to tell a story, have an aversion to boxing, confused by mixed metaphors & performance art

754 Reviews | 127 Followers
Funny, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if sports metaphors are meaningful to you. The dancers are in continual competition while a sports announcer describes their triumphs & defeats

Don't see it if you are expecting traditional dance performance or a play. There are only moments of dance & barely a suggestion of character or plot.

506 Reviews | 1005 Followers
Ambitious, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if too late...saw the final perf, the effort was there

Don't see it if The show appeals to a special audience . Not quite a theater piece.

536 Reviews | 279 Followers
Forced, Repetitive, Less shtick, more dance, Overrated, Insipid

See it if you are a fan of Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. This evening is disappointing. Less shtick, more dance would enhance this show.

Don't see it if you are not a dance or sports fan.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
September 19th, 2017

“Ms. Barnes and her stage partner, Anna Bass, have been collaborating for years and clearly share a near-telepathic bond. Then there is the rapport they establish with the audience — sometimes friendly and sometimes less so…Over the course of an hour, the two dancers, in black tailored pants and white tank tops, go through vignettes of aerobic intensity — leaps, extensions, spins, jogs — often flecked with flashes of mischievous humor.”
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Time Out New York
September 20th, 2017

“For the most part, the show operates by rules it establishes early: Songs with lyrics about hanging on or moving forward play while Bass and Barnes do athletically inspired choreography; De Viteri keeps up a stream of absurd commentary; the dancers, their faces clown-serious, try to get us to cheer for ridiculous goals...It can be keenly pleasurable, but it’s often repetitive. Although it’s great to see this team back on the field, their game moves slightly into overtime.”
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September 20th, 2017

"Effort is the main event at 'One Night Only'—an element typically hidden in the world of art and yet glorified in the world of sports...In terms of content, there's not much beyond coordinated jogging, shadow boxing, and spinning. And yet, once all the strangely entertaining nonsense percolates, you're left with a stack of thought-provoking nuggets. After all, as Barnes and Bass blend theater into sport, sport in the traditional sense begins to look a lot like theater."
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September 21st, 2017

"Brilliant, exasperating and good-natured...Barnes’ choreography is a delightful blend of ballet, modern dance and stylized movement. She and Bass are highly skilled and have a great chemistry together that recalls that of an accomplished comedy team with flashes of dramatic depth...Drawn-out performance art tangents lamentably distract from the entertaining musical numbers...Fitfully engaging, 'One Night Only (running as long as we can)' would benefit from more dance and less shtick."
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Theater Pizzazz
September 19th, 2017

"A meditation on winning, sports, performance, aging, accomplishment and the exhilaration therein...There’s much to like about this piece...What can top record-breaking spinning and excessive snapping? Sporting events have an illogic to their logic–as does this piece...The dancers are a joy to behold–expressive with big and little movements. There’s a lot to think about in this rumination on accomplishment and mortality."
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Stage Buddy
September 28th, 2017

"Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass are the most fun choreographers ever...They are a profoundly conceptual, endlessly sensitive, and frighteningly interesting company as well...They’re not only dance athletes but dance geniuses...These are sophisticated contemporary dance ideas, and Barnes and Bass share them in the most fun, engaging, silly way. What an accomplishment!"
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Exeunt Magazine
September 27th, 2017

"The dancing itself is for the most part simple...but the intimacy of the McGinn-Cazale Theater and the emotional and physical precision that Barnes and Bass bring to their work make every little detail and movement count...It’s a little bit of a one-trick pony...Still, while it’s not a show with a lot of breadth, it has a surprising emotional impact; it’s rare to see a piece that conveys so much feeling with so few words."
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New York Arts
September 20th, 2017

"I found it forced and flat. The choreography, partly built around the hype of a boxing match, was repetitive and the humor on the level of a freshman high-school talent show...The performance didn’t get more entertaining and throughout both women seemed to be trying too hard...Both Barnes and Bass are fine dancers, lithe and energetic with excellent control, but watching them spin one hundred times—not once but twice– is twice too many times for me."
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