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Snow White

Members say: Entertaining, Original, Slow, Enchanting, Edgy
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Critics
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21 reviews
Members
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35 reviews
 

Company XIV presents a Baroque-Burlesque creation based on the classic fairy tale 'Snow White,' using theatre, dance, live music, circus, opera and erotic design. For ages 21 and over.

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Company XIV's production of 'Snow White' fuses passionate choreography, eclectic music, opera, circus, burlesque, ballet, gender bending, over the top costuming, and sumptuous design. Taking his cue from theatre, dance, and opera under the reign of French monarch Louis XIV, Director/Choreographer Austin McCormick creates a 360-degree experience for audiences fusing the antique with the contemporary.

 

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Reviews (56)

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73
Avg Score

45
Theatermania

"His work is clearly informed by art and culture transcending time and nationality, much of it the best of the best. Yet under the director's unfocused staging, we're never quite sure where to look, and key moments of the story are inevitably lost...This 'Snow White' is not the fairest of them all." Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

"Add dancing boys in fishnets, an ensemble sporting bejeweled ball gags, a bit of pole dancing and a freshly irreverent attitude and McCormick's new take on a classic tale is steamy dose of theatrical foreplay...In the hands of Company XIV, 'Snow White'is a ravishing mood piece that is sure to get couples in the mood." Full Review

95
The Huffington Post

"It combines cabaret, circus arts, ballet and both classical and pop music to produce a singular spectacle. Plus, it underscores how fearless choreography can tell a story and engage audiences in a hip way...A gender-bending extravaganza that is not-to-be-missed amazing." Full Review

85
Times Square Chronicles

"A sensual treat...The entire troupe does exquisite ballet, cirque du Soleil acrobatics and sings like larks...The costumes are extravagant fantasy’s of a wet dream that is arousing in it’s choices, as are the props that are done to perfection both by Zane Pihlstrom. McCormick has conceived, choreographed and directed this stimulating show which attempts to leave your senses saturated." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

"There are many decadent delights in this two-hour show...Thanks to the unique directorial ornamentations of Company XIV's Austin McCormick, this truly irreplicable vision of 'Snow White' unfolds as a surreal, genre-defying spectacle-- with sex appeal, humor, and Grand Guignol in mixed proportions at different times throughout." Full Review

70
Theater In The Now

"Using 'Snow White' is an easy draw to pull an audience in but had you not known the source material, you'd be searching for a genuine story...'Snow White' is a smoky and enchanting piece of art. It’s a visual triumph. But when all is said and done, it doesn’t stand out compared to the rest of the Company XIV repertoire." Full Review

70
TheaterScene.net

"Hilly Bodin is a lively and lovely Snow White, but both she and Careless are overwhelmed by frenetic spectacle...The hour-long first act does minimally impart the basic elements of Snow White...The fast-paced 30-minute second act is series of circus vignettes including a thrilling hoop routine and acrobatic dancing...Though lacking directness on the actual story, Company XIV’s 'Snow White' is overall entertaining, occasionally exhilarating, and is very similar to their other works." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"This dazzling one of a kind dance piece mixes burlesque, baroque, ballet, acrobatics, and musical theater to create a new take on the Snow White tale that manages to be both edgy and erotic while also whimsical and dreamy...In the end the Snow White tale seems to merely be a narrative to string together some visually stunning song and dance numbers put on by a talented and classically trained cast." Full Review

90
BlogCritics.org

"It all has the benefit of McMormick’s unique vision: polyglot but tonally consistent, amalgamating circus, ballet, cabaret, opera, and burlesque into explosive narratives that are always unmistakably his...This 'Snow White' adds a new depth of character development thanks to thrillingly inventive choreography and searing dancing by the two leads, reinforced by the strong, graceful talents of the company." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"'Snow White' is a mixed bag of rewards and regrets...There are plenty of taunting tits and tremulous asses on display...They regrettably do not serve as distractions enough to the writhing, undulating, groveling and grinding that the choreographer has imposed on the cast...Watching a corps of lithe and toned bodies in motion, either contorting or consorting has its place, but also its limits." Full Review

75
Broadway Blog

"Those who haven’t seen Company XIV before will revel in its imaginative interpretation. If you are familiar with McCormick’s work and a fan, as I am, you might find yourself feeling a bit restless at this production and wondering how the company may next interpret 'happily ever after.'" Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"The ingenuity of Austin McCormick -- the choreographer, Artistic Director and founder of Company XIV -- shines in Company XIV’s production of 'Snow White'...With the sumptuous 'Snow White' wrapping up an ambitious season for Company XIV, it would be a shame to miss out...Bask in the delights of McCormick and company." Full Review

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The Reviews Hub

"Is there supposed to be a discernible meaning, or is it just about the sparkle and spectacle? Does that even matter? As with most creative endeavors, one could make a strong argument that it does not...As Company XIV’s shows all are, 'Snow White' is a fun theatrical night out for adults...Go to the theatre prepared for a light-hearted, sexy good time, making sure that you don’t sit house right, in line with the upstage spotlights, and you will leave the theatre content with your experience." Full Review

90
New York Theatre Review

"This classic German fairy tale has never been sexier...This is 'Snow White' for the selfie generation...McCormick’s staging is razor sharp and dripping with homoeroticism...Everyone on the design team is on the same page: This is the Brothers Grimm at its most glam. 'Snow White' is elegantly dirty and daringly high class. You’ll leave the theatre breathless and blushing for all the right reasons." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"So dazzlingly staged but so frustratingly choppy, this explosion of light S&M, clever music arrangements, and often, with a few notable exceptions, technically unimpressive dance is perhaps too ambitious for its own good...Rapturous spectacle and superb technique near the end of the show." Full Review

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Edge New York

"This sexed-up version of the fairy tale falls flat. What was inventive, funny and subversive the first time around [in the company's 'Nutracker Rouge'] came across as flat, reductive and way too much like the first, without any redemptive additions...One of the major problems with this production is that there is so much 'business' going on, it is hard to discern the outlines of the plot from here to there." Full Review

95
The Knockturnal

"'Snow White' is everything you could want in a sexy show. Amazing dancing, incredible singing, and the sexiest performers you will ever see...Company XIV’s 'Snow White' does a fantastic job at telling the classic Snow White story but with modern twists...The amount of acting prowess that all the performers had in this show is incredible." Full Review

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The New York Times

"Despite these tempting ingredients, this 'Snow White' is a dull tease, lasting two hours…This episodic structure occasions more disguises for the Queen and more pastiche numbers: ersatz Baroque, ersatz Pina Bausch, ersatz flamenco. But these numbers are devoid of dramatic pressure, not to speak of poetry, invention, wit or even sexiness…This isn’t just style without substance; it’s style without style." Full Review

90
Broadway Showbiz

"What is truly wonderful about Company XIV’s productions are the marvelous choreography, the incredible performances, the astounding acrobatics, the cleverly designed costumes and the excellent use of space...My only qualm with the production is Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew’s atmospheric but very dim lighting...That said, I can’t wait to see Company XIV’s next production." Full Review

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DanceTabs

"It turns out that the pleasures of excess are really not enough to hold one’s interest if the underlying material is thin. There are not enough pasties in the world to keep this show from dragging. The problem is the concept…There’s a lot of caressing, a lot of posing. Some acts, like the flamenco number, feel irrelevant, like padding." Full Review

65
Off the Beaten Track Theater

"The major drawback about this production is that thematically, its doesn’t seem to offer much. It is the story of 'Snow White' placed on talented dancers wearing impressive costumes on a beautiful stage. If thats what you are looking for as an audience member, then great. You are in luck here. However I couldn’t help but want more…The form is there, and it has been there for awhile, Company XIV has a well-documented style of their own. Maybe its time to use it to say something." Full Review

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75
Avg Score

68
Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you've never seen a XIV show. Nice nods to original fairytale. More glamorous costumes than other productions.

Don't see it if you've seen other XIV shows. This had simpler choreography and the singers were not as good. It felt like they were winding down the season.

69
Ambitious, Raunchy, Banal, Confusing, Cliched

See it if Laura Careless peerlessly portrays the Queen more Lea Halle then ever before fantastic Act II aerial work

Don't see it if you are drunk or high you are not drunk or high the most perplexing of the three Company XIV productions

90
Original, Edgy, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you are open to a new vision of dance, acrobatics, music, staging…it's 21st Century Burlesque. Risque and visionary.

Don't see it if you are looking for classic interpretations, have an aversion to nudity or sexual situations, and be aware that artificial smoke is involved

89
Delightful, Enchanting, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you're in the mood for some sexy dancing and cool costumes

Don't see it if you're looking for a family-friendly version of Snow White

69
Edgy, Confusing, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you would like to see an adult interpretation of snow white delivered mostly in a different language

Don't see it if you expect a full on burlesque show.

79
Enchanting, Exquisite, Intense, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You like"RISGUE" plays, and the exceptional talent, that th cast, has.

Don't see it if If partial nudity offends you, or have a certain attitude about sexuallity.

70
Clever, Raunchy, Refreshing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Snow White in Pasties was the children's story you always wanted to hear read by Lili Saint Cyr. Stylish circus acts and burlesque fun.

Don't see it if Atmospheric smoke and one too many interpretive dance pieces have you feeling like you're trapped at the Met in Tannhauser's Venusberg.

69
Dizzying, Exquisite, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want a burlesque-inspired show without much regard for story/cohesiveness

Don't see it if you want the story of Snow White

99
Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a clever, well done ballet-style show with a lot of variety and enchanting entertainment.

Don't see it if You do not like cabaret-burlesque style entertainment.

75
Clever, Raunchy, Slow, Imaginative, Strange

See it if If you like beautiful gender bending ballet and circus arts. Nudity, gorgeous bodies. Most imaginative & creative multi media. Truly unique!

Don't see it if you want a fast paced, traditional story. Exquisite PARTS a don't add up to exquisite WHOLE. This one is weird but enchanting. Too long.

77
Clever, Edgy, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You're a fan of Company XIV even though this doesn't reach the level of enjoy that was Cinderella.

Don't see it if You're offended by partial nudity or are sensitive to the smell of incense.

68
Original, Raunchy, Slow

See it if You want to see something original with great dancing, avant-garde type semi-burleque. Like small very cool venues and staging.

Don't see it if You don't like nudity or burlesque. Thought it was a little slow but loved the second act. Not sure why it was mostly spoken in german?

66
Original, Edgy, Confusing, Slow, Risque

See it if Very original, risqué, with interesting costumes and sets but confusing and slow. The narration mainly in German only muddled things for me

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity or burlesque.

75
Original, Raunchy

See it if you like avant guarde theater. Performers are great. The show has ballet, opera, jazz, circus acrobatics all mixed.

Don't see it if you object to partial nudity and sexual innuendo. Loose adaptation of classic.

70
Original, Ambitious, Enchanting, Refreshing, Slow

See it if You love burlesque theatre and something edgy.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of a slow moving show. The first act is incredibly slow and I love Company XIV, but this isn't their best show.

95
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you are fond of burlesque shows... this is really exquisite and performed by incredibly talented actors

Don't see it if you hate nudity

30
Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if you're here for the props and costumes (which are excellent) and don't care for choreography and dancing.

Don't see it if you saw the previous outstanding production - I had hard time believing both were made by the same company.

73
Original, Clever, Edgy, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if Beautiful dancing, fun design elements. Really liked the original idea, would like to see other productions with different story.

Don't see it if story felt like it came second to spectacle and design, not sure how nudity helped story.

74
Long, Gorgeous, Hypnotic

See it if you want to be hypnotized by a visual feast

Don't see it if you want plot

79
Edgy, Confusing, Great staging, Sexy, 2nd act wonder

See it if you can deal w/ a somewhat confusing start to get to a fun & entertaining 2nd act. Sexy actors & very talented. In love with Prince!!

Don't see it if you are a prude or need strong story. if you hate the German language, most of the narration is in it. if you want the classic SW fairy tale

45
Dizzying, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy dental work... Or are very high in something. If you can appreciate production details despite the show.

Don't see it if You're looking for literate theatre or are not high on something...anything...

80
Original, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you like Company XIV

Don't see it if you are closed minded.

80
Original, Edgy, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You're a fan of great choreography, amazing performers and a clever, imaginative retelling of a classic story. It is a show for adults.

Don't see it if You don't feel comfortable with burlesque, minimal clothing and adult themes. Not for kids/families.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Riveting, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if Im such a fan of this company. Their shows are unique and incredible riveting and captivating. Worth trekking downtown to see. 100% worth it

Don't see it if You aren't into ballet type experimental theatre.

79
Epic, Intelligent, Quirky, Romantic, Great staging

See it if stay true to the story

Don't see it if nothing to say