Already closed | 1h 35m | Midtown W

A Sign of the Times

From 77 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow

About the show

Broadway’s Javier Muñoz ("Hamilton," "In The Heights") stars in this new solo piece, an epic theatrical exploration of life, loss, hope, and time. More…

From the show:
At a personal and professional crossroads, a man becomes a Stop/Slow traffic controller outside a construction site in an effort to catch his breath and simplify his life. With his wit and vivid imagination, he invokes Shakespeare, Einstein and more visionaries on his emotional odyssey. Though he tries valiantly to distract himself from the pains in his present from his recent past, it’s through the saving grace of time that he reclaims his future.  

Join him for his entertaining and soulful investigation of life’s meaning in an uncertain world. Part joyous comedy, part thoughtful tragedy… it is the entirety of life in 95 minutes.

1h 35m | Already closed | Theater 511 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (77)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow
73
Avg Score

66
Great acting, Confusing

See it if Excellent acting in this one-man show. He makes eye contact with many audience members & is very energetic.

Don't see it if Show drags in many spots (1hr35min) & could use a good 20min trim. A bit too much rambling when the same point could have been made quicker.

60
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal, Cliched

See it if You didn't see Hamilton and you really, really want to see someone who was in the second Broadway cast.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of indulgent shows that have already been done a billion times before. Or one-man shows. Or shows about time.

67
Fluffy, Banal

See it if You want to get the warm fuzzies from Javier Muñoz.

Don't see it if You want something fresh. This was quite predictable (with one or two clever moments), not artistically or thematically challenging.

71
Slow, Intelligent, Repetitive, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy long shows exploring one human's condition or are a fan of Munoz

Don't see it if you need a clear plotline and story

75
Philosophical, Funny, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if U enjoy great acting in a nonlinear solo play that is funny, quirky, philosophical and thought provoking.

Don't see it if U don’t like solo performances, nonlinear plays or prefer musicals

87
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intelligent writing that has you thinking. I loved it. Saw it with understudy— he was very good! Intelligent all around.

Don't see it if You do not like to think or if you do not like solo performances.

69
Intense, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of Muñoz and enjoy very intimate, single performer experiences. There are somber moments and a confusing jump in space & time.

Don't see it if a monologue about working through grief and loss might be upsetting or if you don't enjoy someone essentially speaking at you for 80 minutes

78
Ambitious, Riveting, Great acting

See it if Life. Death. Slow. Stop. How do u deal with the death n the loss of a young child? If one can write, he put it in a play. Kudos to J Munoz.

Don't see it if If dealing with death and a lost soul is too much a subject. If watching a well-acted one-man Show for 90 minutes is too much a commitment.

72
Creative, Thoughtful, Too long, Well acted

See it if like thoughtful explorations of fate and existence, well-acted solo shows

Don't see it if don't want to dwell on death, loss, self-analysis, do-overs and philosophical examinations. Breaks 4th wall.

83
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Epic, Ambitious

See it if a well-crafted, mathy, exploration of every existential issue by one grieving man sounds interesting. Muniz of Hamilton is riveting!

Don't see it if fast-paced, heady monologues pain you.

75
Resonant, Entertaining, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a one man thought provoking show that showcases the amazing talent of Javier Munoz. His facial expressions are everything!

Don't see it if If you don’t like black box theatre that is somewhat talky and a bit confusing at times.

74
Worth seeing javier muñoz and supporting him in his one man show

See it if you want to see a man work through the grief in his life.

Don't see it if you want a well-crafted play. This starts out promising, but is confusing.

75
Needs editing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of solo performer type shows. You want to see a different side of Javier Munoz.

Don't see it if You have a hard time following a lot of dialogue from one character. You are not into existential thinking.

45
Not a happy camper, Uuuggg, Slow, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if You want to see Javier Muñoz.

Don't see it if You find solo/one man shows difficult to get through.

Also I don’t know what happened. I mean I do... there are awkward moments i... Read more Read less

83
Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want to track the journey of a man's withdrawal from life after a family tragedy. Javier Munoz is charming and heartfelt.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for digressions into the world of physics, mathematics and the convergence of time and tragedy.

85
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy one-man shows, stream of consciousness, quantum physics, philosophy, and Shakespeare

Don't see it if you are bored by stream of consciousness, or would prefer to see a flashy production

Also Javier Muñoz is genuine and fascinating in this show. The combination ... Read more Read less

68
Thought-provoking, Repetitive, Ponderous, Slow

See it if you like philosophy and existentialism.

Don't see it if you don't like long philosophical monologues.

Also Trippy philosophical ponderings of a man who has endured the loss of a... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great actor do an outstanding job with a so-so script. Great lighting helps make this more interesting to watch.

Don't see it if You want a fully formed, rounded out piece of work. I think it’s clear what the playwright was trying to say but his use of metaphors trips.

Also Some moments of this are exquisite but as a whole...swing and a miss.

During previews
63
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if If you want a play that lectures the audience. Good actor and lighting.

Don't see it if If you do not like plays that are all over the place with its plotline.

During previews
61
Meandering, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if Due in no part to Javier Munoz, this "think piece" is all over the map and way too long. It's like it was written to want to feel important.

Don't see it if You don't like one person monologues that last 90 minutes.

During previews
66
Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Bless the heart of the charismatic Munoz as he vainly tries to keep us interested in this agitated tale of grief over his child's death

Don't see it if Overwrought, overwritten & overly indulgent this drama of the 'nature of the universe' veers too far from its potent & powerful tale of loss

During previews
74
Confusing, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you enjoy one man shows with information that make you think - here an energetic performance by a solid actor with some visual projections.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that resemble a 90 minute lecture w/ a few props and PowerPoint-like projections or you are bothered by flashing lights

During previews
79
Strangely fascinating, Quirky, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy tour de force solo plays. A highly educated man devastated by life philosophizes to himself & the audience about ways to survive

Don't see it if death is a triggering issue. It is the central theme of the play. Also this is 90 minutes with one character so consider your fidget factor.

During previews
79
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Self-effacing everyman retreats from fields of physics&philosophy to reflect "I'm wearing reflective gear" on painful past.Flip-sign&thought

Don't see it if Boson particle."What forces came to people people I love to leave me?/Tranquility is underrated/Epiphanies are overrated/ About emptiness"

Also "The sun rises, the sun sets, but it's always Wed. at 3:40pm/Without a... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Great acting, Way to long, Slow, Confusing

See it if one man performance about his life want and pain.

Don't see it if Its too long and slow at points

Also The acting was great. It starts interesting and then turn confusing.... Read more Read less


February 27th, 2020
"The World Ends Not With a Bang but a Whimper in 'A Sign of the Times'" From Founding Father to foundering father, Javier Muñoz takes on death, life's meaning, and the universe in a new solo show."
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February 27th, 2020
"We never get a clear picture of the family's unraveling -- their apparently idyllic past remains largely a blank -- because Helper is too busy spinning out big-picture musings to focus on the tragedy at the play's heart… From so much straining for significance, you can get exhausted."
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February 27th, 2020
"This metaphysical monologue of a play is most fortunate in having the skillful and charming Javier Muñoz on deck as solo performer."
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February 28th, 2020
Score: 79%. ""How daunting life can be," but with Javier Muñoz as my guide, it can't be a bad trip."
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