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The Independents

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Intelligent, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

About the show

Sparks fly when the young American artist Mary Cassatt meets the great French master Edgar Degas. Few could tolerate the difficult and elitist Degas, but he met his match with the strong willed American.  More…

From the show:

Their stormy relationship produced paintings and sculptures that stunned the art world. Through her work with Degas, Mary Cassatt found success as an artist. Could she also find love?


Member Reviews (13)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Intelligent, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
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Avg Score

76
Intelligent, Artistic, Quirky, Slow, Fluffy

See it if Passionate artistic discourse motivates young femme USA artist to defend her choices to older French impressionist arbiter.

Don't see it if Like a lackadaisical mill through an art gallery, the enjoyment depends upon set pace and prior knowledge. Just a pleasant passage of time.

Also Title refers to another name for "the impressionists."

49
Historically inaccurate, Dreadful script, Dreadful acting

See it if You want to see some reproductions of Cassatt's paintings.

Don't see it if You want to learn much of anything about these artists, or the independents. The acceptance of Americans in Paris. The acceptance of women

Also This was just dreadful. But not insufferable. It was not difficult to ... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Informative, Interesting

See it if You're familiar with artists Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. I did not know they'd been friends. Gossipy quips about their contemporaries.

Don't see it if You're unfamiliar w/ Impressionist &Independent artists, uninterested in them. If you do not recognize names mentioned it might be dull.

73
Frugal, Instructive, Realistic, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the place of women in art and wish to know more about the relationship between Cassatt and Degas.

Don't see it if you do not care for the lives of painters or about the constraints put on women to achieve recognition as artists.

85
Masterful, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Uwant to see what happens when an independent Am artist meets a Fr artist in Paris.Does the connection run smoothly?Does love blossom ?MORE

Don't see it if 90 mins w intermission bothers U; the focus on Art and the personal relation between the Impressionists Degas&Cassat is too limited for you.

Also How do the artists benefit from the relationship ??? Go and see The In... Read more Read less

76
Disappointing, Slow, Clever

See it if You are interested in the lives of the two artists.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with a small cast in a historic setting.

65
Slow, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like the story better than the performance. (I saw an early performance and I expect this play will get better)

Don't see it if You know nothing about Cassett or Degas or the Impressionists

50
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are into art and artists, particularly the Impressionists have good hearing and don't mind an overlong drawn out two person play

Don't see it if you're not into art, don't have good hearing, you do mind slow moving, very talky and a bit confusing story line

100
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Andre Herzegovitch does a masterful job in portraying Degas. The show is very entertaining and well acted. Intense relationship explained.

Don't see it if See it!

During previews
78
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like interaction between 2 strong minded characters and like discussion of art. Very good use of a small stage.

Don't see it if you do not like the discussion of art.

Also Art was one of my majors in college. I really enjoyed the discussions ... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You’re interested in Impressionist painting. Some interesting art historical information.

Don't see it if You have an art history background. It’s a long 2 hours with intermission.

During previews
20
Slow, Excruciating transitions, Pointless, Bad acting, Cheap

See it if You have an obsession with impressionistic painters. There's a lot of name dropping to make you know the playwright did research.

Don't see it if You value your time. There is really no there there.

Also The "set" is beyond cheap. It's just some sheets hung up and easels wi... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Arty, Slow, Quirky, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if André Herzegovitch did a great job playing arrogant Edgar Degas. If you like and are a bit knowledgable about the Impressionists, who prefer

Don't see it if Play too long, long pauses for costume changes, very wordy. Play needs to be tighter. Anti-Semitic slur is used. (Degas was anti-semitic)

Also to be called 'The Independents' you may enjoy this show, which is basi... Read more Read less


October 28th, 2019
Score: 92 "'The Independents' casts a spell. In the guise of artistic inspiration Ward has written the story of two people, and in the guise of quiet drama he has invoked the magic of artistic inspiration. It will make you crave an afternoon at the Metropolitan museum."
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November 26th, 2019
Score: 80% "Natasa Babic as ground-breaking American artist Mary Cassatt and André Herzegovitch as the renowned Edgar Degas presented a delightful biopic of their relationship and artistic travails set in late nineteenth century Paris."
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