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 great songs from a promising new musical writer, w/ some great over-the-top performances in a story that reveals some important gay history.
Don't see it if an annoying framing structure that inserts a modern twist into the more interesting gay historical part of the story is bothersome to you.
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 You want to see a new, different show with great music and performances. You want to explore LGBT themes and history with a twist.
Don't see it if You can't tolerate plot holes and pacing inconsistencies. You are uncomfortable with (relatively minimal) actor-audience interaction.
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 A musical by a promising young talent, composer/writer Max Vernon. Based on a forgotten episode in LGBT history of the 1970s.
Don't see it if Some music and dialog are predictable and forgettable but a new musical with heart and good performances, if the subject appeals
See it if you're curious. Also see it if you want to be confused about a story and just want gay content.
Don't see it if you want it to be about the actual event that occurred at the UpStairs Lounge with authentic accents.
See it if you like intimate, near-immersive shows; plays about community; great singing; amazing cast chemistry; history showcased via magical realism
Don't see it if you need a strong plot; you don't like works that paint a story (& many of its characters) in rather broad strokes; you are homophobic
See it if you love to watch a great. talented ensemble elevate occasionally banal writing into art.
Don't see it if You don't care about gay history, hate the 1970s.
See it if you want to hear an up and coming composer, or if you are gay! Lot of fun references and characters!
Don't see it if You are highly offended by homosexual references. or if you are offended by drag queens. entertaining off broadway show!
See it if You love musicals with a 70's flair. You want to see some great singing and have fun.
Don't see it if You don't like musicals. You don't like LGBT themes. You don't like fun.
See it if ..you like a good love story, gay or not ..you enjoy intimate immersive sets ..you want to laugh and cry over the course of one evening
Don't see it if Nothing to say here, everybody should consider going.
See it if you like semi-immersive theatre. A clever, empathetic, insightful take on both 70s gay subculture (nods to Rent) & millennial coming-of-age.
Don't see it if you don't like the over-the-top aspects of historic gay/drag culture. The music & lyrics aren't extraordinary (but the book & set are great)
See it if You enjoy creative staging, and incredible singing/acting. Also if you like shows examining the LGBT community, and different time periods.
Don't see it if You don't like shows with intense subject material based on true events.
See it if You want to see a well crafted musical about a forgotten piece of gay history that is sadly all to relevant even 30+ years later
Don't see it if No reason not to see it unless you can't before it closes soon
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 want catchy pseudo-pop musical theatre songs and some terrific performances (Nathan Lee Graham!) in busy but fun and flashy production.
Don't see it if you want to go deep. The overall idea is great, but the book needs help; it's a little too earnest to be as insightful as it thinks it is.