Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

The Portal

From 89 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Excruciating

About the show

Equal parts rock concert, movie, and theatrical performance, this immersive spectacle chronicles one man's epic journey in pursuit of a woman. More…

Audiences follow Dante through majestic deserts and alpine mountains as he seeks the beautiful and mysterious Beatrice, while also being pursued by his own inner demons. Is his quest real? A dream? Or an allegory of our own desire for transformation? Inspired by Burning Man, Pink Floyd, EDM, and world mythology, 'The Portal' seeks to entertain and offer an experience of transcendence and empowerment.

1h 30m | Already closed | Minetta Lane Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (89)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Excruciating
48
Avg Score

60
Quirky, Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you miss the Fillmore East, bubble fractals, incomprehensible singing with mystic overtones. There are also beautiful projections of scenery

Don't see it if you are expecting a play let alone an interactive experience instead of a music and dance performance. There is a weak suggestion of a plot

49
60's acid trip, Bath of images & sound, Picks up where trip of love leaves off, Incoherant, Pretty powerpoint presentation with live action & music

See it if new age sensibilities are your thing, want something 2 match tripping experiences, you need 2 arrive high on life or some other substance

Don't see it if you have no toleration for the new agey, need story markers to help you along

49
Indulgent, Slow, Pretentious, good visuals, over long

See it if You appreciate some pretty visuals and a good looking, hard working cast.

Don't see it if An acid trip is not your idea of entertainment. Pretentious & overly long even at 85 minutes.

80
Absorbing, Edgy, Enchanting, Great singing, Hypnotic

See it if Can see beyond what is in front of you, like rock opera, can open your mind, understand Dante or want to trip in someone's else's mind.

Don't see it if Are close minded, never read or heard of Dante, don't like rock, need a linear show, if you listen to opinions of others w/o experimenting.

Also I for one waited as I saw the low numbers in ratings. I took the chanc... Read more Read less

43
Disappointing, Dizzying, Confusing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you want something different.. thats about all I can say..

Don't see it if you don't want to waste 2 hours.. Luckily the show was cut short for technical difficulties, so we only got to see like 30 mins..

50
Cliched, Indulgent, Repetitive, Slow

See it if you have taken rec drugs and want a visual and audio experience that goes well with that state (but let someone else drive you to the venue)

Don't see it if you would be bored by 90min of an utter lack of variety in sounds (music and percussion) and in choreography

60
Unintentionally hilarious, Banal, Cliched, Shallow, Dumb

See it if you can go with friends and not take this show seriously at all. Tear it apart later over drinks. Make it an inside joke.

Don't see it if you're expecting a really deep exploration of the Divine Comedy or religion/death/spirituality. You get offended at cultural appropriation.

Also When it started I instantly knew what I was in for. This production is... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like multimedia, noisy confusion

Don't see it if You want a story

55
Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you like experimental multi- dimensional theater with good original music and dance in an intimate space.

Don't see it if you want fully developed story (i didn't know where it was going) or expecting recognizable songs to rock out to- expecting Pink Floyd-nope

10
Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like vaguely tribal music and cheesy videos taking you on a mystical journey of self-discovery or want to bore yourself into a coma

Don't see it if you have anything better to do with your time or you'd rather take a tap or stare off into space daydreaming or ANYTHING ELSE possible

0
Excruciating, Dizzying, Intense

See it if you have taken a lot of drugs before hand and want to look at the pretty lights.

Don't see it if bright lights or loud sounds bother you...or if you want something that makes sense.

Also About halfway into this show I realized that it wasn't going to get an... Read more Read less

100
Great singing, Enchanting, Must see, Epic, Hyper-energetic!!!

See it if You like seeing non-linear shows that have a trippy vibe to them. The singing is phenomenal and the band is like Santana meets Grateful Dead

Don't see it if You are narrow-minded about multi-dimentional universes or you don't like seeing a show that is both a multimedia & musical event all-in-one

25
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Avoid. This show was so boring, slow and insipid. So many missed opportunities.

Don't see it if You have something else to do.

15
Boring, monotonous, disappointing!!!!

See it if very boring!!! bad singing and acting

Don't see it if you value your time and money

28
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Insipid

See it if you like rock music, psychedelic images and jazz dance.

Don't see it if you like character based theater with a plot, an arch and thought provoking content.

9
Confusing, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if You want to encounter what it would be like to live inside a Pink Floyd video but completely sober and sad

Don't see it if Don't even think about it

70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Slow, Quirky

See it if you like chanting, vision quests, a good looking cast and live music

Don't see it if trip images bother you

44
Confusing, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You like the Avant-Garde, and repetitive music. Dummer was talented, song in the middle was good. But not worth seeing the play for it.

Don't see it if A 90 min discombobulated odyessy involving video of a guy wandering around a strange landscape accompanied by tribalish music doesn't appeal

84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if See it if you are open to being mesmerized by breathtaking visual effects, a beguiling trip through the psyche, & powerfully great music.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you have no imagination, are unforgiving of minor flaws, and are locked into only accepting the banal and the mundane.

Also I saw The Portal in previews, and although I could see that certain el... Read more Read less

15
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Hilarious

See it if you're currently tripping on Ecstasy, or you're a friend of the cast.

Don't see it if you have literally any other use for your time or money.

Also For experimental theatre to actually work, to move its audience, it ha... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You want to embark on an amazing multimedia journey

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional musical

100
Enchanting, Epic, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if You are interested in challenging the status quo & open to being immersed in an other-worldly experience. This is performance art.

Don't see it if You are impatient and want the usual theatrical entertainment.

During previews
85
Trippy, Sexy, Absorbing, Hypnotic, Entertaining

See it if you like great head trip stuff. Very 420 friendly! I can't imagine seeing it any other way. Very sexy.

Don't see it if you don't like to Netflix and chill.

During previews
55
Intense, Slow, Technical, Experimental

See it if Has potential for a strong experimental piece. But in the preview I saw, they had to stop the show 3 times in the first 30 min. Left then.

Don't see it if You have no interest in experimental works ones.

During previews
20
Excruciating, Pretentious, Indulgent, Insipid, Ambitious

See it if you want to try to relive your experience at Burning Man within the confines of a Manhattan theatre; you are on psychoactive drugs.

Don't see it if you expect to make sense of this monotonous, specious, pointless, baffling (albeit earnest) exercise in multi-media drivel.


December 3rd, 2016
"Not only is its mystical wisdom a generic mashup of Campbell and Jung, but its theatrical staging is mushy and lethargic…A serious sound-balance issue renders most of the lyrics incomprehensible. When a line or two does sneak through, one begins to understand that the overpowering music might be...
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December 10th, 2016
"The overactive echoing and distortion that seems intent on making the lyrics indecipherable may be an artistic choice...The live performers certainly give game efforts, but Comer's direction does little more than designate entrances and exits...The Portal' doesn't seem intended for a theatre cro...
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December 5th, 2016
"The only reason 'The Portal' is worth discussing at all is that it unwittingly functions as a kind of warning about where stage design may be headed...So solemn in manner and so vague in its intentions that at times it's hard to believe the whole thing isn't a joke...Really a film with live musi...
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December 12th, 2016
“Self-discovery is an oft-explored theme in the world of the theater, but Luke Comer has attempted to change the mold by packing his spiritual tale into a contemporary rock odyssey. Though there are certainly thoughtful questions that arise from spending an evening at ‘The Portal’, this theatrica...
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