Already closed | 1h 15m | East Village

A Hunger Artist

From 25 member  reviews
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. 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.

1h 15m | Already closed | Connelly Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (25)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious

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See it if A brave and ambitious attempt to bring a complicated short story to the stage

Don't see it if You need fully developed theatre with a point of view


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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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 dar...
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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 sudde...
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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 s...
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