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The Signature Project

From 56 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

A multi-sensory theatrical experience centered around a huge 76 ft x 36 ft mural layered with hidden secrets. For the past 22 years artist Patrick Dunning has toured the United States bringing the mural to life. More…

Dunning weaves stories and images in the great tradition of Irish artists. Now, this play with music and dance comes to New York for its Off-Broadway premiere. A unique blend of art and technology, 'The Signature Project' offers the opportunity for the audience to join over 300,000 people whose signatures already comprise the fabric of this monumental art work. The painting and the play are constantly changing and evolving as people contribute their own signature and story to the larger artwork, adding perspectives and ideas.


Member Reviews (56)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
78
Avg Score

70
Interesting, Fluffy, Uneventful, Unmemorable, Entertaining

See it if It’s a Tedtalk with some cool moments and songs. Some clever art elements but nothing that stuck with me. Missable.

Don't see it if You want to see a play or musical. The presenter is very likeable but I forgot about the show about 30 min after.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if enjoy a gentleman telling his tale with some nice backup Fascinating look at the use of light

Don't see it if you need a big extravaganza.. This 0s like old time storytelling

82
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy multi-discipline shows. You like shows about the process of creation. You would like the opportunity to be part of the art.

Don't see it if You prefer a purely theatrical show with a traditional plot & structure. You dislike process shows.

85
Clever, Thought-provoking, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you'd enjoy learning of one man's journey, now 25 years long, in creating a massive piece of art with many messages contained.

Don't see it if you are not interested in listening and learning or if you feel that one person's perspective may be a little preachy.

65
Clever, Confusing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you like an unusual show about an artist's 25 year old project that is still ongoing. I understood parts of the project, some were confusing

Don't see it if you like a show with a plot. This is not your typical show: international phone calls, Irish step dancing, strange musical instruments.

Also I respected this artist's long dedication to his project but I found s... Read more Read less

79
Intriguing, Quirky, Entertaining throughout, but a bit odd, Thought-provoking

See it if Want to consider an artist's process and the creative development of a multi-yr work-in-progress. This is not standard fare, but enjoyable.

Don't see it if Want trad theatre. He's personable & engaging, but the art & "play" can be hokey. Still, it's fun & illuminating in more ways than one.

Also I wasn't sure what to expect but found it easy to go along for the ent... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Ambitious, Quirky, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy super unique theater productions. Not a play, not a talk, but a little gem of artistry from a truly brilliant artistic mind.

Don't see it if You need a super strong through line. This feels more like vignettes of interesting tidbits that don't always meld together perfectly.

81
Different and unique in a great way

See it if You want to get a behind-the-scenes look at an incredible artist, his life and what goes in to the beauty of what he creates

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play

Also I didn’t really know what I was getting into as I walked into the thea... Read more Read less

85
Brain-tickling, Imaginative, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if every once in a while you need to see something that is like a gymnasium for your brain. This is like nothing you'll ever see again.

Don't see it if you need a predictable presentation to make you happy, or if you're not willing to go with the unexpected.

Also This piece is perfect for tweens and teens -- it clearly demonstrates ... Read more Read less

26
Banal, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if You like the artist, or know someone onstage.

Don't see it if You’d rather miss an artist talking about how clever and important his work is.

95
Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You love multi-media, Art, Dance etc.It's an original, Inspirational journey. And my signature is now part of the artwork.

Don't see it if You want a regular play or musical. This is very different.

65
Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy a TED-talk type of experience of an artist's very personal journey constructing a piece that is his life's work. Sweet/forgettable

Don't see it if This is a performance piece rather than a play or musical.

86
Not exactly theater, Multi-layered, Unique, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you are open to art forms that defy easy categorization. Some hokey elements but mostly it works to create something very special & unique.

Don't see it if you don't like storytelling/performance art type experiences. If you are looking for a traditional theater piece.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You want to see a show behind a show or a painting behind a painting. The show went into many topics. Loved the presenter.

Don't see it if You don’t like audience participation or shows that go behind the scenes.

85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Engaging, Unique, Delightful

See it if you want to see a uniquely constructed tapestry of work being built with layers and layers of music, code, colors, technology, and more.

Don't see it if you prefer a standard play as this is a multi-sensory experience that requires your attention for a better understanding of the connections.

Also While I was watching this for the first time on Friday evening, I thou... Read more Read less

81
Quirky, Enchanting, Funny, Ambitious, Profound

See it if you want to spend an entertaining evening learning about this unique art project.

Don't see it if you're looking for a straight play or musical.

Also it's as much a presentation/lecture than a play and wanders into a "lo... Read more Read less

71
Clever, Cheesy, Interesting

See it if you're up for storytelling with some less than polished performances sprinkled in; like exploring the creative process; want to sign the art

Don't see it if you're expecting a tight story or play or if you're not interested in an artist indulging in sharing his work

71
Ambitious, Insipid, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if If you want to learn about your signature. The only interactive moment is the signature. you think you will see an immersive show.

Don't see it if you rather spend that money in a dinner.

Also It is an original way of presenting a story. The story is around a pai... Read more Read less

87
Informative art piece, Different, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You'd like 2 experience/be part of art experiment. Dunning educates & entertains us. Learning (from Irish life to the Theremin) is big part~

Don't see it if Ur seeking play or straightforward piece. This is more of lecture-though 1 you're sure 2 come away from feeling better & part of the whole~

84
Delightful, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Unique

See it if you enjoy a multi-media performance sharing one man's long creative journey over many years. He invites you to be part of this process.

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional theater and don't have the patience nor desire to participate fully. You'll be rewarded if you become involved.

99
Exquisite, Ambitious, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you want to be amazed at what an extremely multi-talented human being is capable of creating.

Don't see it if you are only looking to see either a traditional musical or a play. This show explores what is important in life and opens ones mind.

Also Like required reading in school, this storyteller's 25 year journey in... Read more Read less

30
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You like the idea of adding your name to millions that will make up a (boring? ugly?) art work, eventually.

Don't see it if You don't like being patronized. You don't care about one man's boring story. You don't like boring dad jokes.

Also I wish Dunning had given us more to care about. Why does this matter? ... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Funny, Quirky, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You like hearing about someone life and what leads them to create a certain piece of artwork. You like Irish music and dance.

Don't see it if You want a full on show/story. This is more about one artist's journey.

85
Delightful, Absorbing, Enchanting, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you want to see an artist speak wonderfully about his work, going deep into the concept behind his piece, whilst being truly delightful

Don't see it if you want a high budget fast paced spectacle, or a traditional play - this is more like a wonderfully well done school assembly

Also Patrick has been touring his work The Signature Project for over 25 ye... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Quirky, Corny, Sweet

See it if you're not looking for a typical theatre experience, you're interested in art that's about human connection

Don't see it if you think its a play (it's not), you have no interest in simple stories. This isn't a thinker, so don't overthink it.


March 15th, 2018
"Dunning exhibits the intellectual curiosity that one might get from an exceptionally good host of a PBS children's show. He shares his discoveries with gentleness and passion, lightly peppering the evening with dad jokes...It all adds up to an event that is part gallery exhibition, part concert,...
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March 13th, 2018
"Dunning enchants audience members...This subtle drama feels most like a lecture series....Vitale keeps the entire production on an even keel, making space for the Irish music and dance sections, who are there to bring a mural to life. Step-dancers with glittery costumes parade; choreography by W...
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March 12th, 2018
"One of the most unique and exhilarating art displays and performances I have seen. This show will leave you uplifted, in awe and wanting to add your signature to the 76-foot by 36-foot mural, layered with hidden secrets...Everyone has a spark of creativity within them, but Patrick Dunning is a v...
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March 31st, 2018
"A brilliant monologue by an Irish artist named Dunning, who has been traveling around the U.S. with an incredible painting incorporating hundreds of thousands of signatures, using the color spectrum we can see and all the rest of the spectrum we can't. When he shines an ultraviolet and ultrared ...
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