Lincoln Center Theater presents 'Preludes,' a musical fantasia set in the hypnotized mind of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. More…
After the disastrous premiere of his first symphony, the young Rachmaninoff suffers from writer’s block. He begins daily sessions with a therapeutic hypnotist, in an effort to overcome depression and return to composing.
See it if You like to experience new, very artistic, very ambitious music theater.
Don't see it if You can't stand slowly-paced, overly intelligent work.
See it if You enjoy classical music and want to see a play about Rachmaninoff having writer's block.
Don't see it if The topic of a musician's writers block doesn't interest you and/or you don't like classical music
See it if beautiful singing and an impressive cast can make of a complicated story. (Amazing sound design and a cool set help though).
Don't see it if an ambitiously complicated story structured to reflect Rachmaninoff's life and creative inspirations adds little to our understanding.
See it if you love contemporary, innovative stagings and plays, classical Russian music, actors playing multiple characters.
Don't see it if you want light fare, you're not in the mood for a thinker.
See it if you're a fan of gabriel ebert, rachel chavkin, dave malloy, or virtuosic piano playing.
Don't see it if you're expecting genius on the level of great comet.
See it if you're an artist who's suffered failure and writer's block; you like daring theater that's trying something new; you're a Rachmaninoff fan.
Don't see it if you like your musical theater straightforward and do not appreciate experimental approaches; you are an orthodox classical music lover.
See it if you are a big Rachmaninoff fan or not familiar with Dave Malloy's work.
Don't see it if you love Dave Malloy and are hoping for another Great Comet or Ghost Quartet. Just so disappointing when you know what Malloy is capable of.