This imaginative Off-Broadway premiere about a children's book author explores the power and the cost of creativity. Starring Dan Lauria ('The Wonder Years.') More…
Extraordinary art must be tamed. Simon Grindberg is the world’s most illustrious children’s book writer and illustrator —but his next masterpiece is a decade overdue. Peter Chandler is a starving artist with unparalleled potential—but he doesn’t yet know his own value. The two men are thrown together by Clair Forlorni, an ambitious editor who hopes Peter’s youthful exuberance can unleash Simon’s aging genius for one final story.
See it if You enjoy cliched dramas about artists who are assholes (but maybe have hearts of gold...but probably not).
Don't see it if You think people ought to be admired for being kind and generous, not because they make art that someone thinks is good.
See it if You're up for a well-meaning, obviously plotted clichéd script about Age, Art, Mentors, Youth & Ambition dressed in slick, too-cool effects.
Don't see it if You expect realistic dialogue or any sort of dramatic tension; it oddly sets up and passes by many plot devices, but ultimately goes nowhere
See it if you'd enjoy the charming visuals, sound design, and set design, all of which promise to enhance this dramatically unfulfilling play.
Don't see it if you're expecting a cohesive story or resolution, or engaging, dimensional characters. Premise intrigues but unfolds as cliched and trite.
See it if A pretty picture book with a half baked story. Plot sacrificed for a bunch of speechifying. What was the point?
Don't see it if No tension but lots of false starts that go nowhere. Characters don't change - unless you think dementia counts.
See it if If you like seeing plays about teachers and their muses. Dan Lauria played the disgruntled older author perfectly.
Don't see it if You don’t like plays discussing art or the process of creation or works in progress.
See it if for Dan Lauria's performance. The play maybe a little long and sometimes slow, but Dan's performance made you want more. More comments below
Don't see it if you want to see a musical. The play is not for kids. The show can be long without intermission so if you cant sit still for 90 mins, dont go
See it if You enjoy themes of alcoholic artist whose struggling with lost mojo and the young artist sent to draw him out. Projections are best part
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy watching irascible artist with confusing backstory growing stranger. Redeeming qualities in the relationships.
See it if you like a fairly straightforward play about the mentor/student relationship, creating, and a touch of mental illness. Wonderful acting!
Don't see it if you need a big, brassy production, or aren't interested in interpersonal relationships
See it if U r up to sort thru a complicated character's bouts of ego, aging & alcohol infused thinking Issues of intellectual property, collaboration
Don't see it if You require something to be tight & sharp witted - this is a bit rambling like the lead character
See it if you'd like a fable of the great blocked artist & young acolyte who teaches and is taught by his idol. You're interested in Sendak or kid lit
Don't see it if you expect canny script structure or convincing performances (Lauria has moments but he is lumbered by the writing)
See it if The three actors are not bad but there is a lot of unnecessary yelling, aka acting. The theme and plot is still confusing and bizarre.
Don't see it if The stage & effects are quite beautiful so no one will notice the thin storyline. Somehow, a Nazi Camp story comes into play unnecessarily.
See it if you enjoy the illusive mentally ill literary figure pathology. Beautiful sets, fine acting by Dan Lauria.
Don't see it if you are looking for a tight polished piece - rambling which makes the 90 minutes feel long.
See it if This is not a show for children even if it is about a children’s book writer and illustrator . A lot of love has gone into this production.
Don't see it if You need an intermission. You can’t climb stairs. You want themes to be explored not just resolved. You want to care about the characters.
See it if you like stories of art/commerce and age. The magic of children's stories is a great backdrop, but not focused enough for the main draw
Don't see it if you need a tight script. Points about living through the war were not fully explored, but were also not really the point.