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"Somebody put a lot of money into 'Trip of Love,' an incongruous collection of Top 40 hits from the 1960s delivered by romping, writhing singer-dancers on garish sets. It’s too bad the investment of thought doesn’t match the investment of cash...There was certainly an opportunity here to make a more involving piece of theater. A barely-there, cliché-filled story line flits through. " Full Review
"This unashamed presentation of evocative imagery and dance is 'Trip of Love's' greatest charm...It's all gleefully superficial, only daring to hoist a protest sign when it complements its fabulous knee-high go-go boots. Which is why it's so disappointing when the second act tries to say something profound about the extraordinary social change that accompanied this music, but only succeeds in alerting us to the absurdity of the show's premise." Full Review
"There aren't enough drugs on the planet to make 'Trip of Love' anything but a bad trip. James Walski's musical revue celebrating the pop songs of the 1960s opens off-Broadway after receiving its world premiere in 2008 in Osaka, Japan. There, according to the program, it received the 'generous support of the city of Osaka.' Unlikely to receive similar beneficence on these shores, this ghastly show is destined to become merely the latest in a long line of bombs presented at Stage 42." Full Review
"An overproduced, artistically underweight show that seems little more than a corny, faux-nostalgia, cruise ship extravaganza...This was the decade of widespread drug use, civil rights struggles, political assassinations, sexual freedom, Viet Nam, and so many other major issues. ‘Trip of Love’ has a conceptual emptiness that only makes more vivid how great an opportunity was overlooked in giving the show historical relevance." Full Review
"The flimsy storyline is the fabricated excuse for extravagant production numbers...From start to finish, the 'Trip of Love' cast members smile from ear to ear as if their paychecks depend on it. The non-stop grinning is more than might eventually be said of audiences who either remember the TV shows the enterprise is echoing or who wouldn't be interested in exposure to them now." Full Review
"Calorie-free fluff is one of the hardest theatrical genres to ace because there's nothing to hide behind, and Walski hasn't polished his own content-free lark to a sufficiently blinding sheen. 'Trip of Love' premiered in 2008 in Osaka, where all this might have seemed fresher or less derivative than it does in the United States in 2015. But given this country's unique history with the Vietnam War and illicit drug use, shows like this one that go barely halfway with both just don't cut it." Full Review
"A horror show named 'Trip Of Love' has taken over the Little Shubert Theatre, recently renamed Stage 42 possibly so patrons will forget that nothing here has ever won the love of critics or theatergoers. New name or no new name, the theater remains the Bermuda Triangle of shows — in this case, deservedly so. 'Trip Of Love' will quickly disappear into the floposphere. This hallucinogenically vacant mish-mosh of Sixties hits would, however, fit perfectly on the Las Vegas Strip." Full Review
"Thankfully for the 'Trip of Love' team there are smaller stakes involved because what creator James Walski has on his hands is a big ol’ flop...Sadly the style has left New York to make way for work that is more thought-provoking and smart. 'Trip of Love' should be shopping themselves to Las Vegas or a cruise ship. Had there been a through line in the journey, perhaps this is all a different story but in its current form, 'Trip of Love' misses the mark. There’s no need for confetti here." Full Review
"Seen while having cocktails during a vacation on a cruise ship or in a Las Vegas showroom 'Trip of Love' might be viewed as an entertaining diversion. Its virtues in a large New York City Off-Broadway theater are debatable... As a well-mounted evening of innocuous retro song and dance, it does succeed and that might be enough for some audiences." Full Review
"Whether you lived it, or are a recent visitor to the songs of peace, love, psychedelic images, and go-go dancers, this trip down memory lane is a jukebox musical sure to stir up the 'Windmills of Your Mind...' Don’t expect anything you have to think hard about...All in all, it’s a mash-up of many nostalgic 60s tunes, a high-energy cast, some terrific dance routines and fabulous costumes." Full Review
"It’s a garish frolic that’s relentlessly entertaining and bolstered by some unexpectedly affecting moments…I found the proceedings to be elevated by the affection it demonstrates for this momentous decade...It also throbs with a great and unanticipated appreciation of the musicality of the pop songs of the period. Then there’s the cast, whose talents are pretty much jaw-dropping, working with great skill, energy and enthusiasm to deliver a damn exciting show." Full Review
"Neither thought provoking, nor particularly well structured, nor does it attempt to examine in detail a decade filled with dramatic social, cultural and political turmoil. There is no book nor does it credit anyone one for writing one and the presumed attempt to provide a storyline to connect the songs mostly fails...'Trip of Love' is fun, entertaining, almost perfectly and professionally executed, and has an incredibly talented cast of singers and dancers with irrepressible talent and energy." Full Review
"When a director spends a paragraph explaining the story, he’s essentially admitting that what he’s put on stage isn’t clear. Walski also takes the easy way out, for there’s no simpler platform on which to build a show than 'a dream'...At least the songs that Warski chose demonstrate that the average hit of the ‘60s and ‘70s was substantially better than the musical gruel we’re fed today...As is almost always the case in shows like this, the situations don’t always fit the pre-existing lyrics." Full Review
"Attention baby boomers: Here is a show for all of you. Even your Broadway boycotting husbands will enjoy this one...There are 28 groovy tunes in total, and with each fabulous tune, a costume change that could fill the Fashion Week runway and then some. There really are no stars in this ensemble cast, everyone takes the center stage with their perfectly chiseled bodies and synchronized movements. This cast is having a great time with this, and it shows." Full Review
"There’s very little of the anguish of those days incorporated into this show, and for the most part, that’s OK. Where 'Trip Of Love' goes off the rails is the jarring misinterpretation of the most seminal music of the times....While 'Trip of Love' is obviously meant for sheer entertainment, it’s also important to be able to reflect on the tempestuous time period it represents." Full Review
"Potential audience members need to take a step back and ask if the point of a piece like this is to entertain or tell an accurate story of a complex decade. If it’s the former, then 'Trip of Love' is successful, but if it’s the latter, there are some gaping holes that over simplify complex emotions and history. " Full Review
See it if you'd enjoy a jukebox "hit parade" with lovely costuming, lighting, set design but no rhyme-or-reason to it all
Don't see it if you find it hard not to laugh/cry at theater into which absolutely no serious thought was put. Song order/choice/staging is senseless here!
See it if You really love popular and mostly upbeat songs from the 1960.
Don't see it if You like going to see traditional musicals with typical story lines. This is mostly a show which showcases the 1960s Greatest Pop Hits.
See it if You love dance and music from the 60s. Plenty of eye candy for guys and girls. It's very lavish for an off-Broadway production.
Don't see it if The plot is pretty thin. If you don't know the 60s music you may not enjoy it as much.
See it if You want an acid trip w/o the acid and appreciate a romp through the 60's with 10,000 costume changes and bare chested men.
Don't see it if You never want to hear the music again.
See it if you like familiar kitch and dont need originality. If you like to dance in the aisle. older audience. multiracial audience.
Don't see it if you dont like juke box musicals, this is VERY light on story, heavy on cues to predict the stereotype. Very predictable.
See it if You like music. The music was great as was the performance of each song.
Don't see it if You want to know what's going on. It was hard to follow what was going on. The show didn't make much sense.
See it if You love sixties music. Enjoy musicals with blno dialogue, only singing and dancing. Don't need a clear plot.
Don't see it if You prefer a straight plot. Don't mind being confused by a lot of action and craziness without a clear direction.
See it if you have nothing better to do and don't mind a show that doesn't know where it's going one minute to the next.
Don't see it if you enjoy cohesive, well conceived and directed musical revues. This isn't it.
See it if you want to waste two hours watching overstaged garbage. Cast works hard, but the concept is so bad nothing can help.
Don't see it if you like 60's music. I do and this was painful.