A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds
A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds

A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds NYC Reviews and Tickets

(14 Ratings)
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Confusing, Ambitious, Clever, Great music, Quirky

About the Show

Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop presents two short stories by Obie-winning playwright Mac Wellman adapted for the stage, each telling a tale of the imagined inhabitants of real asteroids that have been split apart.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (14)

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688 Reviews | 116 Followers
Ambitious, Dizzying, Well acted, Compelling score, Thought-provoking

See it if Dense, imaginative & head-scratching short works by Wellman set to mesmerizing scores Hard work & intense focus provides results w/acting A+

Don't see it if Wellman is an acquired taste & often provides more frustration than pleasure Pieces exert a hypnotic pull thru music & rich linguistics

431 Reviews | 129 Followers
Quirky sci-fi, Really interesting music, Strange and unsettling, Avant-garde

See it if Like 1-person telling an outlandish and creative out-of-world story w live music alongside. You sorta hafta be in the mood for this one.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater, don't like sci-fi, accept that some parts are squirm-inducing. Some moments thrilled, but mostly, ouch. Read more

1162 Reviews | 390 Followers
Very weird, Well acted, Music well used, Long/wordy, Mesmerizing/unfocused

See it if you love sci-fi. Highly imaginative solo stories, well-performed w/band accompaniment. Funny, strange, eerie, astonishing, ethereal moments.

Don't see it if you want coherence. Altho the worlds are well-depicted, the message is unclear. ACOM is journey (not destination). Mesmerizing, but long. Read more

55 Reviews | 13 Followers
Ambitious, Confusing, Great writing, Great musicians, Fluffy

See it if You love words, words, words..... as Shakespeare said...

Don't see it if You are looking for something dinamic, or you like shows with story, in the Aristotelian way...

127 Reviews | 12 Followers
Clever, Great singing

See it if you like weird sci-fi stories; the music was really well done and really enhanced the atomsphere

Don't see it if your attention strays Read more

139 Reviews | 19 Followers
Great music, Ambitious, Unconventional, Clever, Confusing

See it if Strange stories from inhabitants on other worlds relating their memories, co-existences (not unlike ours), while using language creatively

Don't see it if Following non-continuous and concocted notions is not a easy path to follow

793 Reviews | 251 Followers
Quirky, Hypnotic, Ambient, Poetic, Confusing

See it if Storyteller with four musicians recites weird poetic tale. I enjoyed the creative ambient music, the lighting, and the two worlds.

Don't see it if The stories are strange and difficult to follow. I found myself lulled into a trance by the overall effect.

195 Reviews | 86 Followers
Great musical combo, Resourceful design, Language is dense and sometimes hard to follow, Paired off-kilter monologues

See it if you're a fan of Wellman's odd, incantatory, language drunk sensibility; you like seeing literature staged; you're willing to listen intently

Don't see it if Non-theatrical text annoys you (though Wellman is credited as playwright, these are verbatim excerpts from a recent short story collection) Read more

Critic Reviews (1)

Theatre is Easy
February 8th, 2018

"Wellman's exquisite and hilarious short stories come to life in this production where imagination and stark reality intersect...A whimsical exploration in the mold of such bands as Tunng and Son Lux...Wellman’s text is both poetic and volatile, and combined with Siragusa's excellent comedic timing and atmospheric music, it transports us to an altered state...It will strike a cord with anyone who recognizes the issues caused by intolerance."
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