Soho Rep. presents the world premiere of experimental theater maker Richard Maxwell's new play, featuring an eclectic cast ranging in age from 14 to 88, including Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Steve Earle. More…
On the fringes of the frontier, a messenger embarks on an arduous journey to collect a debt from a man he’s never met. Friends set out to atone for a mistake that can’t be undone. Strangers look for a little bit of comfort wherever they can find it.
See it if Maxwell's quasi-last frontier (aka death) drama given an intriguing staging by Benson but fails to coalesce into anything linear (intent?)
Don't see it if Mythic themes, great soundscape & fascinating actors provide ample clues towards esistential meaning but to no avail Potent despite artiness
See it if You enjoy poetic pieces with minimal dialogue, conflict, or character development.
Don't see it if You can't stand esoteric, experimental pieces that don't necessarily have a traditional, linear plot structure.
See it if You want to see a show that may be an allegory about what you owe and are owed in life or maybe something else.
Don't see it if You would rather not leave wondering whether it made any sense at all.
See it if you enjoy experimental theater & poetic storytelling. Falls short sometimes, but everything has intention. Not as bad as other reviews say.
Don't see it if You prefer straightforward plays that don't require any thought or analysis. Still a work in progress. The seating is very uncomfortable
See it if This is why I choose off-Broadway. An uncomfortable juxtaposition: insignificant as any one or two lives are, it's incumbent upon us to do.
Don't see it if ...the right things; we know what they are even when we don't want to perform them. Fine commentary on living humanely altho nature is blind
See it if Greek or tragic theatre interests you, you want to explore its expression in a futuristic setting, and you like long monolog and bagpipes.
Don't see it if you prefer light or comedic genre, musicals, interesting sets and music, and clear plot lines, themes and resolution.
See it if Can't think of anything to recommend this particular show other than it is an ambitious attempt to entertain that ultimately fails totally
Don't see it if You don't want to see something that you might only have imagined during that experimental period of your life in the 60's
See it if You already like the playwright (I forgot that I don't so this is my fault) - it seems consistent with his work.
Don't see it if You want a more straightforward play with more typical staging & seating (as a short person, my second-level seat was uncomfortable).
See it if You really enjoy avant-garde work and you're more interested in the script than the performances.
Don't see it if You prefer linear plots, elements that fit together, or are looking for strong, memorable performances.
See it if you like great, but very simple sets and staging; a fantastic, haunting score; and Steve Earle narrating.
Don't see it if you don't like interpretting obtuse dialogue and narration.
See it if you're interested in experiments, you don't mind or actively seek to be confused, frustrated and intrigued.
Don't see it if you need a legible narrative and soft comfy seats (though pillows on the crates were not so bad). Note that the play is 90 min, not 50.
See it if you appreciate the more technical aspects of theatre. Very interesting staging, lighting, costuming, and music.
Don't see it if you look for some sort of definitive plot line with a conclusive ending. The writing for this show could have been developed further.
See it if You are looking for something abstract/different/challenging. You enjoy new kinds of music in theatre.
Don't see it if You're looking for a clear message/plot/characters/setting. You're looking for something classical or show-stopping.
See it if you enjoyed Cormack McCarthy's novels and feel like more of the same in the experimental theater setting. Also, if you love Paul Lazar.
Don't see it if you need your theater linear, your characters true to life, and your staging traditional.
See it if you appreciate challenging material, poetic language, unusual staging.
Don't see it if you prefer linear narrative theatre, don't like Steve Earle or require comfortable seating.
See it if experimental plays are your cup of tea. Story is slow that makes you wonder why they didnt condense it to show more of the characters story
Don't see it if experimental plays are your cup of tea. Story is slow that makes you wonder why they didnt condense it to show more of the characters story
See it if The show used great tactics from ancient theatre and the minimalistic set was astetically pleasing. You were inside the set.
Don't see it if You do not like stories that have sub stories. Also if you do not like theatre similar to how the Greeks produced it.
See it if You are familiar with (and a fan of) Maxwell's work. If you enjoy non-traditional staging and text that takes itself very seriously.
Don't see it if You are familiar with Maxwell's work and not a fan. You have any physical problems with sitting on uncomfortable chairs.
See it if you want to see a fairly standard Annie B. Parson dance number and a run through of the lighting cues close out this disappointing show.
Don't see it if you dont want to see how so many great artists- Maxwell, Benson, Earle, Lazar, Faudree, Frey... seem to amplify each others' weaknesses.
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