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The Wholehearted

From 16 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

Abrons Arts Center presents this New York premiere solo show that offers spectators a ringside seat to a blood-pumping revenge tragedy and intimate tribute to lost love.  More…

Once a championship boxer, Dee Crosby was taken down in her prime by her own husband. Now that Charlie is freshly released from prison for her attempted murder, Dee is hell-bent on revenge, no matter the cost. But only Dee's true love, Carmen, can provide her with redemption. Featuring pulse-pounding cinematic design and an original rockabilly score.


Member Reviews (16)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining
78
Avg Score

80
Gritty, Soulful, Dizzying, Masterful, Resonant

See it if Champion lady boxer grapples with life after her attempted murder. Will her desire for revenge or love win out? Unique staging & musicality

Don't see it if You wouldn’t like a non-linear solo virtuoso performance. Confusing tone matches the struggle of the character. Some violence and nudity.

73
Confusing, Entertaining, Stimulating

See it if you like not knowing what’s coming next, unfamiliar subjects (this doesn’t resemble any boxing movie I know of)

Don't see it if you need to feel confident that you’re reacting appropriately

Also I didn’t realize this was a solo musical, so this baffled me…but not i... Read more Read less

71
Good singing, Good acting, Not very inventive writing

See it if You like one women shows with uninventive storyline But pretty good acting and singing

Don't see it if You’re sleepy

80
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if This production is highly energetic. The actress impeccably tells her story,shifting from boxing, to singing or videotaping herself.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows, great singing and acting or is homophonic.

83
Energetic, Absorbing, Ambitious, Disjointed

See it if you are drawn to staged versions of real-life stories that chronicle a person's struggles and victories. Suli Holum as Deb is mesmerizing.

Don't see it if you dislike solo performances, multimedia productions and stories that involve emotional pain.

Also Suli Holum has a lot of talent and it shows, from sharply believable b... Read more Read less

74
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like one- person shows, great acting and singing.

Don't see it if You're looking for a cohesive plot you can follow easily.

Also Definitely felt like the piece could use some work... started out slow... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing

See it if Like a tone poem of a play -- it's a one woman musical about violence. Really interesting use of video and documentary footage.

Don't see it if Felt like sort of a wash, the experience of watching it was much like the closed circuit televisions. I felt emotionally cut off from it.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Intense

See it if You like non-linear theater with an interesting point of view with music

Don't see it if You don’t like sports, singing, or one person shows.

80
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like psychological drama

Don't see it if you're looking for a lot of plot development

83
Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like inventive staging and storytelling, affecting stories and strong solo performances.

Don't see it if solo performances are not your thing, you prefer a more linear plot, or you are uncomfortable with homosexual themes.

90
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love strong female performers

Don't see it if you dont want to be on the edge of your seat

During previews
71
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if You enjoy performance art multi media style shows that are basically one person shows (actor and camera operator). Topic is relevant.

Don't see it if You want a smooth easy to follow show with a clear narrative from start to finish. Some high points like the singing help this along.

During previews
80
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Great use of multi-media

See it if you want an experience that effectively uses multi-media to create an additional dimension of meaning, raising the bar on use of technology.

Don't see it if you don't like one woman shows and prefer linear, traditional story lines

During previews
70
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you enjoyed the film "Million Dollar Baby" & a female's boxing career arc. If you like solo shows, non-linear plot, multi-media enhancements

Don't see it if you don't like plays with lots of flashbacks or edgy domestic violence themes or a bi-sexual protagonist who misses her first girlfriend.

Also Actress SULI HOLUM does an excellent job bringing boxer Dee Crosby to ... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You enjoy one women shows with a complex story of love, abuse and overcoming challenges. Physical, mental and emotional ride through life

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy 1 women show, mixed media performance or portrayed physical violence

During previews
78
Clever, Great singing, Great acting, Different

See it if You want to see a creative one-woman play about an interesting topic.

Don't see it if You want fast-paced action.

Also It’s only a little over an hour but even so starts out slowly and coul... Read more Read less


March 18th, 2018
"A fast-jabbing fantasy where sweaty physicality rubs up against shape-shifting surreality...Holum gives a clear and lithe performance, and the production design is excellent. But the show as a whole feels skimpy and incomplete, touching too briefly on too many charged elements and allowing too l...
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March 20th, 2018
"The play provides a chance to marvel at Holum's technical precision, and her ability to move quickly to extraordinary heights of emotion...Thematically, the creators are asking us to meditate on the varieties of self-destruction. But practically, they're asking us to watch a woman swap accents a...
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March 19th, 2018
"A messy look at one woman's rags-to-riches journey...An odd, jumbled piece interspersed with musical numbers that don't quite fit...The transitions can be clunky and even confusing as Holum moves between personas...Holum has ferocious energy and can bring emotion and humor to the fantastic songs...
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December 6th, 2016
for a previous production "Sometimes the various formats are woven together into a dazzling tour de force...For all its high-tech, cutting-edge flair, the true pleasure of 'The Wholehearted' is of an old-fashioned sort: Holum’s fearless, fierce, vulnerable performance...The script might benefit from more nuance...The play...
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