The Violin NYC Reviews and Tickets

(44 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Slow, Clever

About the Show

The Directors Company presents the world premiere of this drama about three guys who find a valuable instrument in the back seat of a NYC cab.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (44)

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116 Reviews | 53 Followers
Great acting, Must see, Intense, Ihighlights disability compassionately!, Good original script!

See it if U want an unusual original play that has something to say about life choices with the finest acting & compassion for the mentally disabled.

Don't see it if U want a quick play that offers a simple story without finesse simply to cater to short attention spans. U can't appreciate dialogue. Read more

50 Reviews | 6 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if meticulous character development. sensitive depiction of relationships

Don't see it if if you don't care about interaction of personalities

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Must see

See it if If you like to see a well directed, beautifully written and acted Off-Broadway Show.

Don't see it if If you are into big Broadway productions. Other than that see it!

303 Reviews | 60 Followers
Suspenseful, gripping, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a well written show with realistic characters whose personal failures/dreams affect them when finding a $4 million violin.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of plays about less than honorable characters with violent pasts who do less than the expected choices.

86 Reviews | 8 Followers
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if New York City stories are your thing. Well written, directed and acted, this gem moves along at a nice pace with no words being wasted

Don't see it if You don't appreciate family, loyalty and stories involving ethical dilemmas

286 Reviews | 23 Followers
Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to see some astonishing acting from stage veterans in a high production value show.

Don't see it if You want to see a perfect script - it's interesting but occasionally a bit clumsily written and meandering.

179 Reviews | 32 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy engaging interesting work.

Don't see it if you dislike the violin.

68 Reviews | 6 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a good drama and excellent acting.

Don't see it if Some folks who were in the audience with me did not like it, but I really couldn't get a handle on why.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
September 20th, 2017

“Clumsily crafted, finely acted and, yes, high-strung drama…The crime-caper setup has some of the savor of early Mamet...But McCormick’s plotting, with its florid back stories and unsurprising revelations, is ploddingly predictable. And the dialogue is less than snappy…If such lines lack finesse, some of them are still fun to hear, and there’s pleasure in watching the actors attack the roles…But even capable actors can’t make this play plausible or mend the contrived and sentimental conclusion.”
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September 19th, 2017

“This tortured crime caper strains credulity...McCormick aims for Scorsese, but ends up hitting Dr. Phil…We can understand the appeal for actors looking for a challenge, but not even performers as watchable as LuPone, Bradbury, and Isola can save this show…A lost opportunity, an overwrought melodrama…A dull two hours. The only surprises come when we see just how shameless McCormick is in each successive contrivance, the last of which will leave you with a hearty (if unintended) chuckle.”
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September 20th, 2017

"An intriguing play...The show features the finest staging and superior acting…The story is a thought-provoking portrayal of the choices that people make and how these choices touch their lives. ‘The Violin’ has a cast of accomplished actors that completely master their roles. The characters are distinctive and perfectly portrayed…They capture the drama, humor and the suspense of this very original story…‘The Violin’ is a play that you will remember long after the curtain call."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 4th, 2017

"It's never dull, yet never really convincing...Still, 'The Violin' goes down much more easily that you might imagine, thanks to Joseph Discher's taut direction and three tightly coiled performances...There's nothing really wrong with 'The Violin,' aside from a certain predictability and a sense that it has been drawn from other plays rather than real life. In any case, it has been given a first-class production."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 19th, 2017

“Some very good acting, a couple of emotionally touching speeches, and an evocative set are not enough to cover up the numerous plot holes and overall sudsy narrative...The play unfolds amidst side stories that lead nowhere, quarrels....and a last-minute confession to justify a sacrifice worthy of a Bette Davis weepie…The their best with what they have been given to work with, but there simply is not enough for 'The Violin' to escape its discordant structure.”
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September 20th, 2017

“And as it proceeds to unfold, delivering one powerful punch and surprise after another, ‘The Violin’ does not disappoint. Imagine seeing ‘American Buffalo’--one of David Mamet's finest plays--for the first time. But given allusions to an amputated foot and other atrocities in ‘The Violin,’ you're more apt to think of gory plays by Conor McPherson than David Mamet, and that's equally appropriate--they're both, at their best, great storytellers.”
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Theatre is Easy
September 19th, 2017

“A provocative drama...All three actors are excellent and the scenes play out with rapid-fire dialogue. It’s talky, but the constant banter is a necessary means to a strategic end and gives the audience great insight into the personalities of the diverse, troubled men on stage. Joseph Discher’s direction is excellent, ensuring that the dialogue avoids being heavy-handed or preachy and is, instead, engrossing and wise."
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Theater Pizzazz
September 19th, 2017

“Although the theme is heavy, the bickering produces a lot of earthy humor and laughs…To tell more of this tale would be to give away too much...Suffice it to say, it’s complicated and you’ll be somewhat surprised. The story revolves around caring, a debt owed and paid, and the cost of it all. I must admit it’s a really tall tale of circumstances thrown together and hard to believe, but it’s a winning cast and makes its point. And you have to admire McCormick’s reaching imagination.”
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