Sad Boys in Harpy Land
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Sad Boys in Harpy Land
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Sad Boys in Harpy Land NYC Reviews and Tickets

63%
(22 Ratings)
Positive
59%
Mixed
9%
Negative
32%
Members say
Indulgent, Ambitious, Confusing, Raunchy, Absorbing

About the Show

Alexandra Tatarsky's complex solo performance whimsically explores identity and madness.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (22)

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MSS
54 Reviews | 17 Followers
90
Riveting, Despairing, Hilarious, Desperate, Manic

See it if You would enjoy a manic, clownish, smart, hilarious, and deeply-felt portrait of an over-caffeinated artist in despair.

Don't see it if You would not enjoy a manic, clownish, smart, hilarious, and deeply-felt portrait of an over-caffeinated artist in despair. Read more

65 Reviews | 5 Followers
88
Hysterical, Fearless, Shocking, Frantic, Entertaining

See it if You like Theater and all its complexities and bristling possibilities

Don't see it if You want a very coherent piece of drama

304 Reviews | 37 Followers
83
Intelligent, Indulgent, Confusing, Clever, Dizzying

See it if Something unusual and different. May seem random and "throwing anything at a wall to see what sticks" but actually carefully thought out.

Don't see it if Offensive, uncomfortable, hyperactive but that's the point.

394 Reviews | 80 Followers
69
Indulgent, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if Tatarsky's literary & intellectually dense absurdist clown show is one huge howl at the existential horror of everyday life She's fearless

Don't see it if At 90 minutes, its too too long & indulgent even at its Dada-esque best Yet like a roadside car crash, you can't take your eyes off it

304 Reviews | 38 Followers
49
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Not my thing. didn’t understand, didn’t care.

See it if You follow German literature and like a madwoman screeching and vomiting for 90 minutes.

Don't see it if You want to sit in one place and see a performance.

485 Reviews | 93 Followers
13
Dizzying, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Wtf!!!

See it if and only if an UNORGANIZED fully-clothed masturbation session by an OFF Millennial interest you.

Don't see it if you are looking for a thoughtful one woman show about a concept you can easily follow, then this is NOT that show because its BIZARRE!!!!!!! Read more

39 Reviews | 1 Follower
97
Profound, Intense, Hilarious, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if -

Don't see it if -

32 Reviews | 11 Followers
80
Nonsensical, Crazy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are not afraid to be overstimulated and confused for a good while.

Don't see it if you want a traditional show that surprises in limited ways. Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

New York Theatre Guide
November 14th, 2023

“ ‘Sad Boys in Harpy Land’ is at once the bellowing laugh from the flame-kissed walls of our current hell and a guttural, existential screech that encapsulates the deranged experience of having to live in this world, finding art along the painful path.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 21st, 2023

“ ‘Sad Boys’ spends very little time beyond the interior of Tatarsky’s head...the collection of references and potential ingredients is tantalizing. Tatarsky doesn’t have “no material,” she has plenty, but she keeps scattering it in her own predilection for extended, self-engrossed freak-out.”
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Theatermania
November 22nd, 2023

“The songs have a vaguely improvisational feel. Some stanzas rhyme, others do not, but all are bracingly honest...I worried that the morose pixie dream tutor gimmick would wear off, but it never did thanks to sharp direction from Morgan Green and the beguiling presence of Cramer, an enigmatic performer who makes you lean forward and pay attention.”
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Lighting & Sound America
November 22nd, 2023

Many in the audience were clearly taken with the performer; I have no explanation for this.
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Talkin' Broadway
November 20th, 2023

“I didn't comprehend a word of this and have no idea what Alexandra Tatarsky is driving at, so all I can do is describe what I saw...Tatarsky clearly has a following, and many of them cheerfully whooped through all this and gave Tatarsky an instant standing O. Maybe they're more up on their Goethe.”
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TheaterScene.net
November 18th, 2023

Tatarsky uses language in a fresh way, ultimately giving the sensation of having created her own. There are so many thoughts overlapping, and there are accompanying unintelligible sounds and gurgling (some of that happens during her coffee “breaks” and those coffee cups seem to be hidden absolutely everywhere), yet we follow her. When she references a new text, she will nonchalantly drop “I assume everyone here has read the book, yah? Great.” Of course, hasn’t everyone read "Die Ausbildung und Reisen von Wilhelm Meister"??? Her spontaneous body language may very well be choreographed but even there we have a very approachable and comforting whimsy throughout.
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New York Theater
November 13th, 2023

"Clear away all of the warning-worthy and transgressive shenanigans in “Sad Boys in Harpy Land,” and Alex Tatarsky – performance artist, cabaret singer, and clown – offers a convoluted, fragmented, erudite adaptation of two German coming-of-age novels, connecting them, and herself, to the themes of self-loathing and inaction. But her seriousness is suspect, and it’s the shenanigans that make this show so weirdly captivating."
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