The Outer Space
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The Outer Space

The Outer Space NYC Reviews and Tickets

(75 Reviews)
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Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Slow

About the Show

Joe’s Pub at The Public presents a bittersweet and off-kilter new musical about a couple who join a colony in outer space. Directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman.

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Member Reviews (75)

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1007 Reviews | 413 Followers
Slow, Quant, Disappointing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of folksy story telling. This was an OK story/show with one phenomenal number. Almost worth seeing just for that one song.

Don't see it if You want to actually see a musical...or a show...this is a concert or a podcast at best.

499 Reviews | 728 Followers
Great storytelling, Funny, Great writing, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you enjoy cabaret performances or quirky stories and music (with a strong message about finding personal happiness and fulfillment).

Don't see it if you're looking for a staged performance/traditional theatrical experience.

535 Reviews | 488 Followers
Fine, Funny, Unabsorbing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you like stories told in a cabaret style.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by a show exploring stark interpersonal issues all of a sudden turning around with a happy ending out of nowhere.

429 Reviews | 69 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you have ever considered getting away from it all but never thought about the practicalities of what that would mean.

Don't see it if you expect real science fiction or any attempt to make living in outer space logical..

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if see note

Don't see it if see note Read more

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
Entertaining, Quirky, Slow, Funny, Great musicians

See it if you might enjoy a quirky story with some great jazz/folk music. The small band is excellent. Fun & entertaining, but maybe not for everyone.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that resembles a concert or stand up more than a full scale play. you're averse to sci-fi, jazz/folk music.

398 Reviews | 70 Followers
A talkcert, Clever, Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like clever, wry, dry, subtle wordplay. Appreciate a monologue with song that challenges you to think and allows you to giggle.

Don't see it if You want to see a standard theatrical production. Aren't a fan of intellectual humor or ensemble music. Don't enjoy a club scene. Read more

275 Reviews | 474 Followers
Slow, Funny, Smart lyrics, Not exactly a musical

See it if you enjoy folksy, quirky music and a concept that makes you think.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fully staged musical. This is more along the lines of a concert/song cycle.

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
March 8th, 2017

“Sly, grumpy and just delightful…In numbers that lean on jazz, soul, funk and pop, Lipton turns his raspy tenor to clever rhymes…Do we really need another show in which a white guy vents his economic insecurity and foul mood? Turns out we do…This thumpingly humane show isn’t about getting away from it all or getting back to it all. It’s about learning to get over yourself, wherever you are, and adopting the small practices and habits that make you and yours a little happier.”
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Time Out New York
March 8th, 2017

“Dressed in a blue jumpsuit, Lipton delivers this tale with unassuming charm…But although it’s often clever, ‘The Outer Space’ gets trapped in too strict an orbit around its central joke: interplanetary travel as a metaphor for leaving the big city and moving to the country. By the time Lipton got to the pleasures of a Mercury Public Radio pledge drive, I found myself spacing out a bit."
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March 15th, 2017

"A charmer...I realize this probably sounds unbearably twee in the telling, right down to the William Accorsi-like rocket ship hanging over the stage. But in the performance by Ethan Lipton, who wrote the whole thing with Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy and Ian M. Riggs–brilliant instrumentalists who also add vocals–it’s ruefully hilarious and pretty irresistible."
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March 8th, 2017

"Remarkably, Lipton is able to sustain this thinly veiled allegory through a gentle deadpan delivery. His dulcet growl is reminiscent of Garrison Keillor…At first glance, this jovial evening of story and song doesn't ask much, but if you listen closely, you'll notice that it brushes against the most personal of questions for New Yorkers: When will you admit that the rat race you found so intoxicating as a twentysomething is tiresome and fruitless?"
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March 9th, 2017

"'The Outer Space' looks and sounds pretty much like Lipton's previous entry, except this time the fellows are dressed in faux-astro jumpsuits...The collection of melodies is certainly a pleasant one, mixing various degrees of jazz, bluegrass and pop rock, and Lipton's whimsical lyrics and plainspoken vocals have a warm everyman attractiveness that draws a listener in, but 'The Outer Space' merely orbits around its simple theme, with little gravitational pull of its own."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 14th, 2017

"It's probably not an entirely fair criticism to say that nothing really happens, but I doubt that Lipton cares about that...What starts out as an amusingly oddball evening becomes more and more like one of those Mercurian days, as the premise is stretched ever thinner. If you're already a Lipton fan, you'll find this to be an evening of gravity-free fun. If you prefer plots, characters, and tightly structured songs with perfect rhymes, don't blast off with this one.”
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Talkin' Broadway
March 8th, 2017

“The show is an attempt to recast Everyman issues in sparkling new terms…That's the direction in which Lipton is trying to head, but too much of what he does is setting our troubles against a different backdrop without much adaptation...More often than not the result feels fake and forced…The songs could elevate things, but they're constructed around the same down-to-Earth philosophy…This is exacerbated by the light, genial country flair of the music."
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March 8th, 2017

“The show's musical numbers are an enjoyable, melodic mix of American styles— notably folk and soft rock. All are vibrantly delivered by Lipton and his back-up trio of musicians…It's the music and the musicians presenting it that make ‘The Outer Space’ an enjoyable theatrical ride…Mr. Lipton also has a wonderful way with words which is evident in his lyrics as well as his spoken dialogue…Silverman's direction enhances the flow between narrative and musical numbers.”
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