The Hours
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The Hours NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(23 Reviews)
Positive
96%
Mixed
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Negative
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Members say
Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent

About the Show

A modern opera adaptation of the classic 2002 film about three women finding themselves across eras.

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Member Reviews (23)

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913 Reviews | 928 Followers
88
Intelligent, Moving, Must see, Great book, Great singing

See it if Great fast paced and multifaceted story. Great twists. Superb performances.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate atonal music.

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
80
Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of the film or stories with women at the forefront. All 3 of them give incredible performances.

Don't see it if Even if you aren't a fan of opera this show is pretty palatable for novice opera-goers. However the music is not very melodic or memorable.

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
90
Great music, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if three great divas sharing a stage, a complex story told cogently through 3 time periods, rich music, wonderful staging, great set

Don't see it if you're not familiar with Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway or the book The Hours, you feel nothing will compare to the film

715 Reviews | 109 Followers
94
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a masterful performance with 3 singing actresses with a great script and wonderful staging. Very ambitious and moving.

Don't see it if you like operas with arias you can hum or if you like happy stories. Many of the characters are depressed. Suicide is a subject in the plot. Read more

404 Reviews | 76 Followers
71
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Different, Ambitious

See it if You want to see three divas on stage together. Interesting story based on Virgina Woolf writing Mrs Dalloway. All sung dialogue, unusual.

Don't see it if You want an opera with songs, with orchestrations of memorable music…this is not it. Adapted from the movie The Hours. Strange choreography Read more

350 Reviews | 42 Followers
88
Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Three Divas with strong support cast.

Don't see it if Modern composition.

334 Reviews | 67 Followers
97
Exquisite music, Interesting staging, Moving

See it if you're into lyrically soaring and emotional music, penetrating choral singing and great dancing, supporting a complex operatic narrative.

Don't see it if you find it hard to follow what's going on when there're many things happening on stage simultaneously, with overlapping times & characters.

297 Reviews | 39 Followers
83
Intense, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in well written and superbly sung/acted new opera The staging is interesting but the dancers are distracting

Don't see it if you are unable to watch works having to do with mental illness and suicide

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
November 23rd, 2022

"Every scene in the opera eventually gets to the same place musically and dramatically, whipped into soaring emotion. The tear-jerking gets tiring."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 23rd, 2022

" Far from being a spinoff of a spinoff, Kevin Puts’s The Hours mixes musical freshness and venerable traditions in a fine and moving music drama."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 29th, 2022

"Most of the opera’s action scenes revolve around Clarissa, and their lack of musical momentum reveals the opera’s principal flaw: It has well-crafted episodes and deft, imaginative transitions, but the story arc is carried by the libretto rather than the music."
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The Washington Post
November 28th, 2022

"At the end of “The Hours,” you will find yourself energized by Puts’s splendid shape-shifting score, or the triple threat of its leads, or the richness of this multilayered narrative."
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Theatermania
November 24th, 2022

" 'The Hours is by no means an evening of light entertainment...if you can make it to the end, you hear a remarkable trio, when the three women finally come together in a musical room of their own. Sorrow has never sounded more beautiful."
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The Wrap
November 23rd, 2022

"The new opera 'The Hours' is wonderful in the most old-fashioned kind of way. Not only has it been written for a diva, the show is about a diva – and in this case, three of them."
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O
November 23rd, 2022

"Phelim McDermott’s production is brilliant in how it takes the libretto’s structure, Puts’ musical interpretation, and then layers it with a similarly vast theatrical palette. ... You can add 'The Hours' to the list of must-see operas this season."
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