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The Time Machine (NYMF)

Members say: Entertaining, Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious, Clever
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5 reviews
Members
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19 reviews
 

Part of the New York Musical Festival: In this wicked retelling of the classic novel by H.G. Wells, a troubled inventor discovers a modern dystopia where machines are nonexistent and love is forbidden.

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Extraordinary events force him to venture underground where he must face the demons that control his future. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 


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Reviews (24)

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Theatermania

"The revamping of the plot is not an improvement...Cooney's choreography has the cast striking curious poses...That quirkiness might have worked if 'The Time Machine' kept tongue in cheek throughout and injected some humor into what becomes a grim, then ultimately confused and nonsensical story. But neither the director nor the writers establish a consistent tone for this two-hour musical, and that makes for some inevitable clock-watching." Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

"The music and lyrics are simply beautiful. The show is blessed to have Voth, Keith, and Hunsaker in their cast to make this music soar...The direction doesn’t add to the production and at times, along with the choreography, makes the show seem muddled...Mauk and Mandabach know how to write dialogue, but not how to make a show compelling. There is definitely a show here, but characters need to be fleshed out...Has potential, but it needs nurturing." Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

"An overwrought musical adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic, plagued with too many genres, resulting in a enfeebled main plot...The message is lost as flippant styles emerge from one scene to the next. The music and lyrics are quite impressive, but seem to embrace a dark, heavy somber tone with little diversity. The book seems to be the weakest element of the production, with changing intent and shallow characters in search of dimension. The cast is superb and outshines the material." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"This NYMF production is delightfully inventive, whimsical, exciting, and touching. That doesn't mean it's perfect, but it does mean it's a lovely adaptation of Wells's novel...Hunsaker's Thomas has an enthusiasm and childlike sense of wonder that renders him immediately endearing...Aside from Hunsaker himself, the strongest element is its delightful inventiveness...I felt the play dragged on a bit in a few places." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"A rollicking evening of expanded story, which adds songs to flesh out and expand the inner monologue of each character, while simultaneously staying true to the namesake novel on which its based...The 115-minute romp is slow to start, and the piece as a whole feels like it’s doing much with its music; that is, it’s a bit too 'stuffed,' so to speak, moving hurriedly from song to song, with little room to breathe in between...What really saves the show, however, is its heart." Full Review

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71
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73
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Slow, Great singing

See it if You like operatic voices and time travel stories.The costumes and choreography are better in Act 2.

Don't see it if You expect perfection and continuity.

80
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Great music

See it if You want to see a fun sci-fi musical with time travel. The music is really good, but gets a touch repetitive towards the end.

Don't see it if You haven't the patience for cliches, and want fully realized shows as opposed to NYMF productions.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Creative, great power ballads,

See it if you want to see an entertaining musical of a classic book and movie performed with great songs and dancing that is faithful to both.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals based on classic books and movies that seem impossible to make into a musical.

54
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Repetitive score, Clever special effects

See it if you're a fan of anyone of the very talented cast members, appreciate occasional clever effects, like period costumes, and have comp tickets

Don't see it if just don't. The music is slow, repetitive, and dark...the story is lame...and the talents involved are pretty much wasted.

65
Banal, Excruciating, Dated, Amateurish

See it if You really love this material and you want to support any production of it; you are okay with a couple of good voices.

Don't see it if You expect a certain caliber of singing and dancing no matter what stage of development.

Also There's a nugget of something here, with two standout voices. Unfortun... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You liked the movie or the book, or if you like really good singing. Very enjoyable.

Don't see it if You only prefer polished Broadway plays rather than smaller off Broadway plays.

80
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Pleasant, Innocent

See it if You enjoy the story and want to see a work that teenagers will enjoy. It deserves a production with more glitz, i.e., lighting and costumes

Don't see it if You're not satisfied with a simple telling of an old tale--it's made surprisingly relevant, however.

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Quirky, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You can't live without a literal stage version of the book. Some of the music showed promise but there is no character development or depth.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained.

70
Entertaining

See it if It wasn't awesome but it was interesting and engaging

Don't see it if Some of the music was a bit repetitive but there were nice numbers

45
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated

See it if You are extremely into the Time Machine, you know someone in the cast/crew, you love sentimental numbers

Don't see it if You are looking for something fresh, you dislike cliche, you are looking for logically consistent book, you value character development

Also The performer who played the villain was amazing, and his character wa... Read more Read less

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Romantic, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You love Lush melodic scores inventive staging

Don't see it if You want the same tired old formula

40
Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Slow

See it if you would like creative staging and instrumentation.

Don't see it if you expect a retelling of the novella, or at least something less predicable.

Also The exposition is heavy at times, making the pacing of this show is sl... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing

See it if Too draggy

Don't see it if Na

90
Delightful

See it if The show was excellent. The story was interesting, the music beautiful, and memorable. Find myself humming the songs.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy good Broadway music.

Also Having not read the book, the story was all new to me. The story was c... Read more Read less

98
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You believe the quest for the individual is needed more now then ever before in America.

Don't see it if Believe that genius and individualism should be punished.

84
Absorbing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if People who enjoy creative re-writes of classic stories. Sci-fi lovers.

Don't see it if You expect a highly polished, professional musical.

Also This show was engrossing, it flowed well, the music and singing were v... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Riveting, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if -you want a well written script -strong harmony in vocals -solid lead/supporting roles -excellent use of stage. -a surprise ending.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional, predictable musical

91
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Imaginative

See it if You're a sci-fi or H.G. Wells fan who also appreciates a good musical.

Don't see it if You're expecting perfection. The NYMF shows are works in progress and ever-evolving.

Also It's an imaginative retelling of the Wells classic with a couple of tw... Read more Read less

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During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Needs more work

See it if You like the book or movie based on the book. You like the sci-fi genre.

Don't see it if You're looking for a well fleshed out story.

Also It has potential, but it needs a lot more work. Only one of the charac... Read more Read less