The Violin NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(44 Reviews)
Positive
82%
Mixed
18%
Negative
0%
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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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Member Reviews (44)

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495 Reviews | 126 Followers
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great sets, Great staging, Sweet

See it if you like slice of life stories from days gone by; you're interested in how choices influence lives for better or worse; brotherly love.

Don't see it if you're looking for fast action and fancy wordplay. This is a story about the intertwining of three lives over many years.

495 Reviews | 56 Followers
50
Bad writing. good acting.

See it if you must.

Don't see it if you want it to be good and absorbing.

454 Reviews | 70 Followers
71
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like great sets.This is so cliched and hackneyed that it is painful.The acting is uneven, the writing predictable,the plot dull.

Don't see it if you want a show that moves quickly, has something to say, expands your world.It's full of plotholes.A lot of people enjoyed it. I did NOT

289 Reviews | 91 Followers
95
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!

289 Reviews | 60 Followers
92
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.

246 Reviews | 27 Followers
80
Quirky, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to see connections among the three actors played out; you like very good acting

Don't see it if you find ne'er do well characters difficult to appreciate

231 Reviews | 43 Followers
78
Great acting, Slow, Cliched

See it if you like plays about interesting characters - it has a great set and great acting

Don't see it if you dislike slow plays - the first act was incredible slow but the second act got much better.

233 Reviews | 22 Followers
90
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.

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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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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 performers...do 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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TheaterScene.net
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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