Invisible Wall Productions presents a provocative new musical about a vibrant '70s gay bar in New Orleans' French Quarter. More…
This forgotten community comes to life in all its gritty, glam-rock glory when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. Inspired by one of the most significant yet all-but-ignored attacks against the LGBTQ community, 'The View UpStairs' examines what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide us through an uncertain future.
See it if you're into LGBTQ themes, gay history (stories inspired by real events), and immersive theatre.
Don't see it if you can't stand it when a theme bludgeons you over the head. The writing is super heavy-handed. No subtlety. Loud and proud, I guess.
See it if you want to see a new off-Broadway musical. This show is worth seeing for the fabulous set design and talented actors.
Don't see it if you don't like shows that try too hard or take the easy way out. This show uses "funny" quips to avoid facing the uncomfortable.
See it if You want to learn about an episode in LGBT history that deserves attention done in an engaging immersive manner
Don't see it if You expect perfection , cast is uneven and not particularly strong vocally . Saw two understudies which may have been the issue
See it if you like polyester pants. Or want to support new original work
Don't see it if you expect modern references to actually be modern. Or characters burried in cliche bother you.
See it if you like imaginative set design & lighting effects. Compared to the Public Theater's 'Gently Down the Stream' this is a real disappointment.
Don't see it if you don't have comp tickets.
See it if you want to see incredible singing, lighting and use of the space.
Don't see it if you're not interested in a lackluster book or an unfocused, messy story.
See it if you're like me & you enjoy exploring new Off-Broadway musicals, since that's where a lot of risks are taken. This show had a nice message.
Don't see it if you're going to be disappointed by two-dimensional characters, trite thematics & eye-rolling dialogue. This risk doesn't pay off.
See it if You are interested in hearing some truly wonderful songs of love, loss and acceptance. You are a Frenchie Davis fan.
Don't see it if You can't appreciate individual songs and storylines held together by a ridiculous premise that needs some judicious editing
See it if You like campy LGBTQ themes, a fun set, decent singing and some decent acting.
Don't see it if You aren't a fan of contrived caricatures and one dimensional characters and "all about me" songs. You are a stickler for accurate accents.
See it if You are a die hard theatre geek. There are some talented folks amongst the cast including Frenchie Davis and T.Frey
Don't see it if Expect a fully rounded product. This falls shy of its target and the lead is weak.
See it if you know nothing about the UpStairs Lounge fire and you like poppy musicals.
Don't see it if you want some real history of the event or a memorable or original score.
See it if you want to know more about gay history and like the idea of spending time in New Orleans.
Don't see it if you hate immersive theatre.
See it if Campy humor, gay history, energetic. Fun-house set and a few polished performers.
Don't see it if A revue of second-rate songs about the gay community with an unconvincing story and cliche characters to hold it together.
See it if you don't mind some seriously boring lectures with your fun drag show.
Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent or moving gay fantasia. The cast is wildly uneven, songs are forgettable, story is muddled. Swing and a miss.
See it if you enjoy shows that are based on an actual event, want to learn a bit of gay history, see actors who perform their hearts out.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with seeing gay characters lead their lives, want to see lots of dancing, need a lot of character and plot development
See it if you are into the LGBT culture and you like glam-rock. There are some great numbers in this show.
Don't see it if you don't like over-the-top acting. The transition from scene to scene felt unbalanced and forceful sometimes.
See it if This is essentially a cabaret act using a major historical event in gay culture as an excuse to show off some vocal talent.
Don't see it if If you're looking for the story of the fire at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans, it is barely mentioned. Hard to get why the show exists.
See it if You love a set that emcompases the theatre making you part of 'the action.' Nathan Lee Graham gives a great monologue... Lighting is great.
Don't see it if You don't like prose set to music, songs are unmemorable, lyrics even worse. Lead actors who can't sing, but look good, Avoid this.
See it if You want some gay and lesbian history and meet a cast of likeable characters
Don't see it if If you expect singers to be on key and you dont want to be preached at
See it if A crisis in the history of gay oppression in America merits your attention, or you want to examine an ambitious new musical.
Don't see it if You need a strong throughline in your musical dramas.
See it if You want to know more about a time in gay history that seems just as relevant today.
Don't see it if You don't want to see & hear just about every gay cliche in the book & if you don't mind good music performed by less than good singers.
See it if Half the show is well acted and sung with some exciting new songs...
Don't see it if The other half is not strong. The lead is unlikeable as a character and he could not sing the songs written for him the night I saw it.