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"It often exudes an uncanny beauty and emotionalism that evoke the state of hellish pain and holy wonder in which its title character existed. It helps that van Gogh is embodied by the actor Carter Hudson...'Van Gogh’s Ear' can initially come across as too consciously and carefully 'artistic'...But the thoughtfulness that infuses every aspect of Mr. Sanders’s production — and the committed skill of its performers and designers — soon wears down your resistance." Full Review
“Although musically marvelous and visually vibrant, ‘Van Gogh's Ear’ is dramatically dull…Perhaps a more powerful performance by…Hudson might have made van Gogh's suffering theatrically palpable enough to overcome the dramatic inertia. But his blandly uninteresting portrayal demonstrates the danger lurking in Wolf's conception: if you're seeking to capture the spirit of so vigorous a personality as…van Gogh's, then you need more than beautiful music and gorgeous projections on your palette.” Full Review
"While the two hours do indeed offer many pleasures in terms of script, staging and music, the epistolary setup didn't work all that well here...nor did the casting decisions or Sanders' direction for Vincent during the musical interludes...For classical chamber music and lieder fans the playing and singing will be a not-to-be-missed treat...Carter Hudson doesn't exactly have a cakewalk as Vincent...Sanders has directed Hudson to do everything possible to ratchet up van Gogh's crazy side." Full Review
"If nothing else, the production is a unique exegesis on the creative vision and deteriorating mental health of van Gogh toward the end of his life...The connections among the three art forms that are being presented here are not readily apparent, or at least they weren't to this theatergoer. It does help that Carter Hudson as Vincent and Chad Johnson as Theo manage to humanize the brothers beyond what you might expect from a presentation based on excerpts from letters." Full Review
"'Van Gogh's Ear' is one of the most thoughtful and elegant shows I have ever seen, and I really, really, really wanted to like it. Unfortunately, the show is boring...The direction features painfully slow pacing that aims for meditative but achieves dull...If you are really into Van Gogh and Debussy, Fauré, Chausson, and Franck, and if you're okay with ponderous pacing, you might want to completely ignore this review. There's a lot of talent and beauty here." Full Review
See it if you like intelligent theatre with exquisite projections of Van Gogh's paintings, great acting and gorgeous classical music superbly played
Don't see it if you only like lighthearted theatre
See it if you're interested in van Gogh's story or enjoy operatic singing. (Note: This is a play with music, not a musical.)
Don't see it if you prefer a traditional narrative (this doesn't have one), or are expecting something as vibrant and whimsical as the artist's own works.
See it if Want to see creative use of digital imagery & like melancholy chamber music/opera. This is more strange performance piece than play.
Don't see it if Hoping for story, good acting, understandable direction, cohesion, or a nexus between VG's art and music. Bizarre and often excruciating.
See it if you enjoy learning about Van Gogh in very creative production. There is creativity overload with acting, music(live),opera singers,and video
Don't see it if you do not like Van Gogh or French classical music. There is a lot of French classical music with musicians and opera singers.
See it if you want a strange hybrid piece. Speeches, operatic singing, furious chamber music, projected paintings, housekeeping in the Arles bedroom.
Don't see it if you want an engaging evening. VG is played as autistic; ruins his words. Awful song lyrics. Weird projn choices. Watch bed being made.
See it if Impressionistic synthesis of projected art, chamber music (strings and piano), opera, and dramatic reading of Van Goghs letters to brother
Don't see it if This is a feast for all senses but not a linear theatrical piece; you must love synergies between all art forms as expression of narrative
See it if you'll take a risk; you like 19th century composers and/or opera, or you don’t mind feeling like a fish out of water more than half the time
Don't see it if you won’t be happy with a show that's only 35% traditional acting and 65% music.
See it if You are interested in Van Gogh,open to new theatre experiences,want a intense multi art experience
Don't see it if You want a linear story,are not open to something "out of the box",don't like classical music,hate opera singing.
See it if you want to watch musicians play Debussy and Faure while enlarged bits of Van Gogh paintings are projected on the set.
Don't see it if you expect to learn much about the supposed musicology of Van Gogh's art.