A Hunger Artist
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A Hunger Artist
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A Hunger Artist NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(25 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
4%
Negative
4%
Members say
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious

About the Show

The Tank and Sinking Ship present this new solo adaptation of Franz Kafka's tragicomic tale about the only person who remembers a very peculiar artist.

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Wild, Wacky, Woebegone, Witty, Wonderful

See it if you like weird Fringe prodns. Ingenious staging, costumes, props, lights, sound. Strange story fr Kafka w/many interpretns. Clever/moving.

Don't see it if you're impatient. 1st part drags! Meaning's unclear. Aud particpn. Levin's very thin;I'm worried. Fascinating, but friend dozed. Not for all

81
Profound, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if A great not seen very often kafka body of work that focuses on one individual and his life. Great acting, enjoyable show.

Don't see it if If you dont like shows like private Peaceful that deal with dispear.

Critic Reviews (13)

New York Theater
January 10th, 2020

"Has transformed Kafka's disturbing story into a showcase for all manner of visually stunning, old-fashioned theatrics….seems content to focus on creating the bleak, creepy atmosphere without offering a clear point of view as to what Kafka was trying to say."
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The New York Times
June 9th, 2017
For a previous production

“Mr. Levin is an easy raconteur, and he holds the audience in the palm of his hand in this early section of the play. But then comes an audience-participation scene, and the spell shatters…This is a 'Hunger Artist' of deliberately shifting moods, and its early humor is largely subsumed in the darkness that follows. When lightheartedness resurfaces, it doesn’t necessarily work...The show is remarkably well designed, though."
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Time Out New York
June 7th, 2017
For a previous production

"It’s hard to come away from the story unscarred. But at the Connelly Theater, where the physical-theater company Sinking Ship is presenting a surprisingly lovable version of it, any scarring is light. Josh Luxenberg’s sweetly drawn bouffon adaptation of Kafka’s parable is full of jokes and sudden sympathy...Director Gelb and the company use 'poor theater' conventions of making much with little...and the result is homemade, tatty and warm. The artist starves, but we leave sated."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 8th, 2017
For a previous production

"So delightful and original is this trio's approach that I don't want to spoil it for you; safe to say that 'A Hunger Artist' begins as a riotous vaudeville and darkens by degrees as the title character descends into melancholy and squalor...One of the eerier offerings to be found on a New York stage right now...Levin, Luxenberg, and Gelb have plenty of stage magic at their command, seducing us with comedy before dragging us willingly into the hunger artist's seedy, isolated existence."
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TheaterScene.net
June 16th, 2017
For a previous production

"In the end all the elements—dramatically shadowy lighting by Kate McGee, eerie sound design by M. Florian Staab, witty puppets by Charlie Kanev and Sarah Nolan, illuminating props by Levin—come together in a deeply moving, even inspiring comedy/drama that shines a light not only on a sad historic institution, but on human endurance, pride and obsession."
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Theatre is Easy
June 12th, 2017
For a previous production

"Levin embodies the title character in a phenomenal performance, showing the agility of a gymnast in this physically demanding role, and capturing the psychological deterioration of the isolated outsider who takes so much pride in being misunderstood that he becomes something of a nightmare...There isn't a dull moment with the constantly shifting motifs, and the dazzling transformation Levin undergoes."
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Front Mezz Junkies
June 9th, 2017
For a previous production

“A compelling and hilarious piece of multi-discipline storytelling...It utilizes puppets, toy theatre, shadow play, and audience participation, all with an overwhelming sense of inventiveness and surprise…The creators were obviously captivated by the spectacle of 'A Hunger Artist,' and thankfully, through numerous theatrically exciting ways, they ushered us into that dark carnival world magically, and it won’t easily be forgotten again.”
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Exeunt Magazine
June 7th, 2017
For a previous production

"Adapted by Luxenberg and performed by Levin, their 'Hunger Artist' brings both a mischievous sense of humor and an appropriate corporal versatility to this solo show about a most extreme case of extreme performance...Levin proves an irresistible master of ceremonies...His Hunger Artist is sinewy and athletic with an animal-like grace. We are captivated by his power...Luxenberg and Levin's ironic gaze seems to fall on the fleeting rewards of self-performance for a distracted public."
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The Huffington Post
June 8th, 2017
For a previous production

“Spellbinding…All the preliminary activity is amusing and remains amusing through the hunger artist’s first emergence, but at that point the tone changes to something grimmer…What ‘The Hunger Artist’ is—and is on steroids—is Levin’s tour de force…Everything employed to create this depiction of a psychologically challenging man is well done...‘A Hunger Artist’ has an impact equal to its power on the page. This is some accomplishment. It’s almost as if Kafka himself willed it into being.”
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BlogCritics.org
June 7th, 2017
For a previous production

"Boisterously funny and chokingly sad...Through pure showmanship it defies expectation at almost every turn...The solo performance by Jon Levin, a gifted physical comic and movement artist, uses puppets, props, audience participants, delightfully clever stagecraft, and a combination of enactment and narration to present Kafka’s story intact but amplified, with a dry self-awareness...He is a distillation of humanity at its strongest and weakest, noblest and bleakest."
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Times Square Chronicles
June 10th, 2017
For a previous production

"A poignant and effective piece of theatre...Great writing, acting, puppetry, audience participation, and creative elements of design...Levin is absolutely incredible...The tone captures the nihilistic and macabre traits of Kafka’s original story, often pitting merriment and celebration against depression and desolation...The epitome of how theatrical elements can be used to turn incredible stories into transformative works of art."
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T
June 7th, 2017
For a previous production

"A brilliant, bizarre and inventive piece of theater...A fluid display of theatrical styles from a depraved circus act, to a vaudevillian, to a tragic hero. Levin’s transformations are seamless...As a performance artist, he is enchanting, fluid, and exceptionally skillful. The way he morphs from one character to another, and from one emotional state to another, is remarkable."
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New York Irish Arts
June 24th, 2017
For a previous production

"'A Hunger Artist' makes you want to stand up and cheer...Possibly the best solo performance of the year. It’s smart. It’s funny. And it’s highly theatrical...This is a work that is everything new theater should be...Levin has tremendous plasticity...Gelb’s direction hits every note–the gaiety, the dread, the pity. Luxenberg’s script is smart and not just funny but witty...A one-man show of deep beauty, remarkable invention, compassionate understanding, and sure theatricality."
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