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. More…
A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. Once cheered by thousands, the Hunger Artist is now forgotten by everyone except his one-time manager. What begins as a simple nostalgic story transforms into an inventive trip into the nature of memory, art, performance, and spectatorship. Actor, puppeteer, and Sinking Ship co-artistic director Jonathan Levin stars.
See it if creative solo performance excites you. Best solo piece I have seen! Uses a variety of techniques and creates convincing alternate characters
Don't see it if you are disturbed by issues related to starvation and obsessive disorders.
See it if you search out the best-of-fringe fare; you like really well-conceived, well-produced solo gems, Kafka, or enjoyed Gelb’s The Black Crook
Don't see it if you avoid one-man shows and irony
See it if you want to see an absolutely amazing, masterful performance and amazing inventiveness. Really wonderful stuff, if a little long.
Don't see it if You want a linear plot line or don't like puppetry and one-person shows. But even if you don't think it is your kind of show, give it a try.
See it if amazing visuals achieved by remarkably modest setup. Exquisite and varied acting that never feels like a typical solo show. Quite charming!
Don't see it if There is some audience participation that worked out fairly well when I attended but YMMV.
See it if You like theatre that strays from the norm; something different that you don't see often, if ever.
Don't see it if You don't like shows that are outside your comfort zone, or if eating disorders are a trigger for you emotionally.
See it if you are looking for a show that fights to break the mold. A meditation on being an artist for one's self.
Don't see it if you'd rather classic playwriting form. Also if you can't really get behind expressionism, bare intimate theatre, and anxious experiences.
See it if you like old-school vaudeville with a patina of existential dread, and are into physical proficiency and unusual puppetry.
Don't see it if you like fast-moving, plot-heavy theater or are put off by physical extremity.
See it if You appreciate physical acting, clowning, puppetry & performance art. You want an unique theatrical experience.
Don't see it if You don't like clowning or a story that's told mainly by physical acting. You dislike audience participation.
See it if you are able to appreciate simple but brilliant means of taking a profound Kafka novella and creating a moving & unique theatrical experiece
Don't see it if it would take big budget devices to induce you to contemplate the exploitation underlying "entertainment"; you dislike serious theater.
See it if Great costumes, sound, lighting; packed with a variety of performance techniques (puppetry, shadow puppetry, pantomime, immersive theater)
Don't see it if You prefer big budget productions; first half could use more focus, but second half retelling artist's decline was absolutely absorbing
See it if You want to be constantly surprised and delighted... you want to see a superb actor in an expertly written and directed show.
Don't see it if You don't want to see something new.