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Van Gogh's Ear

From 44 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Disappointing

About the show

The Ensemble for the Romantic Century presents a theatrical exploration of the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter inspired by Vincent's letters to his brother Theo. More…

Van Gogh frantically worked on several paintings at a time, experimenting with color and form. Time became his enemy as violent fits of madness and terrifying hallucinations consumed his being. Wrestling a fractured psyche with his determination to paint the beautiful, fragile world he saw, Van Gogh revealed his struggle to his brother Theo. Accompanied by live chamber music, this show brings the tormented creativity of Van Gogh to life.

Member Reviews (44)


Slow, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Disappointing
Avg Score

Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent, Slow, Quirky

See it if Highly theatrical choral poem about Van Gogh's tortured life Concept heavy but well sung w/excellent chamber music & Hudson's fine Van Gogh

Don't see it if Interaction of musical elements & script often stodgy & lacking fluidity Works better in parts rather than as a whole but often moving

Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Slow

See it if you want to get a feel for Van Gogh's tortured life and to see of his works. Projections are great.

Don't see it if you expect more in the way of a play and are satisfied with some classical music. The 2nd Act tends to slow down too much.

This show will divide audience: some will see as ambitious effort to evoke vg's art through synthesis of words, graphics and music; others will find this to be a pretentious failure

See it if combo amazing projections VG paintings, VG movingly played by Carter Hudson, fine lieder/instrumental ensemble evoking VG's inner turmoil

Don't see it if much more successful as a concert than a play; but over time this "tone poem" makes you sense the manic pain behind VG's unique art

Great projections, Wonderful chamber music, Disappointing, Slow

See it if if chamber music, operatic arias, & vivid projections of Van Gogh's works are enough to compensate for a shallow portrayal of a complex man

Don't see it if You love Vincent Van Gogh. The actor was excellent but the lines were just depressing.

Also I know it was researched but there are so many of his letters that con... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great staging, Exquisite, Unique

See it if you want a to see and hear a beautiful blending of chamber music, vocal recital and theater, The staging is exquisite.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional play or musical. This may not be for you, Also, if classical music is not your thing.

Disappointing, Slow, Slow slow slow

See it if you enjoy chamber music and opera singing.

Don't see it if you want to delve into the character of van gogh....This show is more about staging, background pictures and music.

Ambitious, Great staging, Absorbing, Wonderful projections and instrumental music

See it if you're open to an unusual mixture of drama, projections and music. A fascinating story, amplified by the music and art.

Don't see it if you want straight-forward plot movement and dislike innovative takes on a well-known story.

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Slow

See it if You want a one man show mixed with a chamber music concert and a lieder recital . ..all excellent , amazing projections too

Don't see it if None of those things appeal to you

Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining, Original, Clever

See it if you want to see a truly unique hybrid entertainment.

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy or you don't want to be challenged.

Ambitious, Great staging, Insipid, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if well performed classical music and projected Van Gogh's art.

Don't see it if Thin story and by intermission, he already got rid of the ear....why stay

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Intense

See it if You like something different, multi-media theater, interesting staging.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional theater experience, don't like classical music and singing.

Also It's a very interesting concept that held my attention and fascination... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you enjoy wonderful, artistic visuals along with classical music. But the story get lost amidst the music as it recount the artist anguish.

Don't see it if you are not an art lover who enjoys classical music interspersed with operatic arias. Or you get easily bored.

Slow, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see something very different.

Don't see it if you don't like slow moving plays.

Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if for an interesting approach using classical music, art and word depicting a painter's mind

Don't see it if you're expecting more of the status quo in theater; it leans more to the music

Beautiful music, Beautiful staging, Odd writing

See it if You want to go to a classical music concert and see Van Gogh's paintings.

Don't see it if You want to see a play.

Slow, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you can manage to concentrate solely on the beautiful music and luscious visuals, but most important --- tune out Vincent.

Don't see it if you expect to relate to VVG as an artist or as a person.

Also The director did a major disservice to the theater loving public, and ... Read more Read less

'interesting, but too slowly paced.', Well acted, but it needed to be paced much differently., I truly wanted to enjoy this experimental theater/music hybred more than i did.

See it if You want to see more of Van Gogh's struggles. Great projections interest you. Classical and 'German?' music is your thing.

Don't see it if you need faster paced staging and acting.

Entertaining, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if You like musicals. You like Van Gogh which I adore. edgy but not the most thought provoking. Mildly entertaining but be prepared to work.

Don't see it if You don't want to do work as this piece is hard to follow. It needs work and better writing. Wish I didn't have to work that hard.

So lacking in interest, insight and entertainment that the auidence wants to cut their own ears off!

See it if You are utterly fascinated by Van Gogh, yet know nothing about him or like classical music and opera taking the place of plot and dialogue.

Don't see it if You value your time--another case of a pretentious Times review costing innocents their hard-earned money

Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if You like multimedia performances that incorporate projections, singing and acting.

Don't see it if You get bored easily.

Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if likethe triple threat of play, opera and classical music staged in an interesting manner

Don't see it if You expect to see a traditional play and may not be crazy about opera

Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a unique approach to telling Van Gogh's story, including art appreciation, music appreciation with some fine talent.

Don't see it if You do not appreciate creative sets and good musicians. You need to see cast interaction. Need playbill assistance to comprehend

Creative, intelligent, beautiful mise-en-scene

See it if to explore synesthesia, Van Gogh's, via letters/gorgeous projections/music; love between brothers; society v emotionally 'different' artist

Don't see it if prefer linear drama, not interested in VG or theme of artists in society

Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Creative, Unconventional

See it if You like something totally off the wall.

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional play.

Clever, Ambitious, Profound, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you have a great interest in the art of Van Gogh and appreciate the beautiful French chansons both sung and adapted for chamber music.

Don't see it if you want an interpersonal play with dialogue and the usual theatre experience. This is a niche production.

August 17th, 2017
"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'...B...
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August 17th, 2017
"The show ties events in the troubled Dutch artist's life to some of the most arresting music of his age. It's less a play with music than it is a concert with elements of theatricality...Hudson entrances us with his observations of light and color, like a badass Bob Ross. Bengali's vibrant proje...
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August 18th, 2017
"Offers some stunning musical performances, attractive visuals—and nothing remotely like drama...Wolf's script does very little to illuminate Van Gogh's life...No real attempt has been made to forge a character, and, as played by Hudson, Van Gogh often sounds like an aggrieved 21st-century Americ...
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August 17th, 2017
"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 ...
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