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The Eleventh Hour

From 5 critic and 52 member reviews
Members say: Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever

About the show

The original and irreverent apocalyptic rock musical comedy born in a New Brunswick, NJ basement returns to Town Stages. More…

It's the end of the world in New Jersey! A burnout basement rocker and his ex-girlfriend, a rising star astrophysicist, may have the key to surviving the black hole bearing down on earth. If they can reconcile their feelings and manage a dangerous journey on the NJ Turnpike, they just may save their music, each other, and the mole people who live beneath them.

1h 20m | Already closed | Town Stages (Soho/Tribeca)

Tribeca Trib Online

"The show draws liberally from the outer limits of sci-fi and fantasy while grounding the action in suburban New Jersey and the streets of New York with charming and hilarious results...As the young lovers are reunited through their quest to save the world, the show promotes a message of tolerance and kindness. The new world they will create will only be open to people with 'good hearts,' a message that the young cast embody well in this good-hearted show." Full Review

Plays to See

“The story can be a little choppy at times and a few jokes don’t land...The show itself is actually quite funny and emotionally grounded with enjoyable music...What truly saves the show from being simply silly is the commitment of the actors and their genuine talent...The production value is low, but this benefits the quirky nature of the show...’The Eleventh Hour’ mashes up 50s exploitation science fiction film and rock musicals in a surprisingly delightful journey." Full Review


“The first half of the musical was fun, and there are extremely catchy songs throughout that I'm still singing in my head the next day. However, despite all of the positive elements, the show is still bogged down with too many fantastical characters and unfinished plot points. The second half can do for some serious editing...A fun, campy night out, for people of all ages. It is the type of show that doesn't take itself too seriously, so I recommend you do the same." Full Review


“It’s a loud, semi-incomprehensible and sporadically engaging 100-minutes that’s performed with youthful spirit...Seamon’s book is a well-constructed compendium of sci-fi clichés that’s mostly sung through with his gritty and witty authentic rock score...Director Jessica Francis Fichter has the lively cast in vigorous motion...Haynes’ stylish choreography has an accomplished musical theater pizzazz.” Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

“There were technical issues...which underscored the unpolished fringey quality of the overall presentation...While there is no question that the cast of emerging artists has talent and is fully committed to the material they’ve been given, the second half of the show becomes increasingly tedious, far-fetched, over-the-top goofy, and inordinately confusing...The production, which gets off to a rollicking start and has more than a few funny moments, is in need of much greater focus and editing.” Full Review

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if If you love music, a taste of in the raw theater and want to experience the early stages of a show that is going to be important...go see it

Don't see it if You dont like rock music or using your imagination!

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Highly entertaining Sci-Fi musical - high energy and a fresh approach. Definitly worth seeing!

Don't see it if I wish the venue were different (too small for this type of play) and the sound system a little better.

Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you love the zany and the absurd, rock music, if you love mixing science and fantasy, and heartwarming stories of love and teamwork.

Don't see it if you're more interested in classical or traditional musicals. This show is anything but.

Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You like lively musicals and are open minded regarding science and it's possibilities.

Don't see it if You don't like to think of the apocalypse however real or not it may be.

Zesty, Campy, Silly, Entertaining, Amusing

See it if you enjoy musicals with crazy plots performed by very talented people.

Don't see it if you detest New Jersey, or only like serious material.

Also Strong performances are accomplished by performers and band alike. The... Read more Read less

Clever, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You like quirky rock comedies with a few people who play many characters.

Don't see it if You're a stickler for accurate science in your science fiction.

Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like strange campy musicals that are performed well.

Don't see it if you want a typical show in a typical theater seating.

Great music, Fun, Quirky, Intimate, Great acting

See it if you like shows that have weird plots, small venues with minimal staging, and lots of music.

Don't see it if you like shows that have strong, involved plots and detailed set design.

Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you have a weird sense of humor, enjoy a cast with a ton of energy-most of whom kick butt, and sci-fi, low-budget, camp musicals.

Don't see it if you don't know how to laugh, you dislike being next to the stage/actors (they are in your face), or have an aversion to tiny instruments.

Loud, Dizzying, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You know someone in the show and you like fun little musicals with a simple plot

Don't see it if You don't like loud shows where the music can be a little overwhelming. You don't like simple stories.

Great singing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if You have nothing else to think about but the end of the world without much else involved

Don't see it if you dont like raunchy musicals

Cliched, Dated, Funny, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if you like campy, sci-fi musicals.

Don't see it if you want to see a well-polished show.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Excruciating, Great singing, Insipid

See it if Good singing and music, story was incredibly ridiculous and at times painful to sit through.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a more coherent plot. This is pretty out there. Maybe it in a good way either.

Absorbing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You’re looking to rock out! This upbeat show will never leave you feeling bored. Very entertaining throughout the entire production.

Don't see it if You don’t want loud music, or if you prefer classical theatre. This is basically an LSD trip without the drugs.

Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You’re into sci-fi rock musicals in the same vein of Rocky Horror and Little Shop of Horror. Super fun and funny and incredibly touching.

Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of loud rock music and in-your-face belting and staging.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if You are looking for great music, and a fun, entertaining experience.

Don't see it if You are looking for a drama or are a theatrical traditionalist.

Clever, Confusing, Funny, Dizzying, Great singing

See it if You like fun, camp, loud music, self depreciating New Jersey jokes

Don't see it if If you dislike fun, loud music, take your life too seriously

Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You're looking for a fun, entertaining show.

Don't see it if You want a deep, dramatic experience.

During previews
Wacky head-bopper / entertaining, Dizzying runway set + video projection, Confusing book / melodrama fantasy, Funny / quirky / non-stop high-energy, Rock central / cool on-stage band

See it if you want a fun hang-out nite w/the gang, drinks in hand, listening to LOUD rock music, sometimes unintelligible. Bit above college-showcase.

Don't see it if you prefer serious dramatic productions or lite music. It's neither. Limited budget here w/minimal set, props & costumes but a lot of heart.

Also Pre-Show Band was cool too...... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Delightful, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if You enjoy catchy clever songs about quirky subject material. You want to laugh and also experience quality heart felt sentiment!

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy campy or quirky shows that don’t take themselves too seriously.

For a previous production
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy light hearted fun With great young talent. Don’t overthink what they are trying for

Don't see it if You don’t like abstract story and great young talent.

Also Leads could easily take over for Evan Hanson and Kinky boots

For a previous production
Clever, Romantic, Tuneful, Inventive, Appealing cast

See it if you'd like to see an inventive rock musical about the end of the world (almost).

Don't see it if rock musicals are not your cup of meat.

Also I feel a bit out of my depth in reviewing a rock musical, not my norma... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy comedies and music and if you have a good sense of humor.

Don't see it if you're looking for a Broadway-style music or you have sensory issues (loud music and strobe lighting are used).

For a previous production
Energetic, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if You want to have your energy level pumped up by young enthusiastic performers in a fun musical.

Don't see it if You can't take loud music or sitting on uncomfortable folding chairs for an hour and a half.

Also I have a very positive response to this show even if it was so unaffec... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Energetic, Fun, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like offbeat comedies and can use your imagination for some of the settings and characters

Don't see it if If you need a fully staged musical with big numbers, costumes, etc., don’t like using your imagination when people play multiple characters