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

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.

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

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
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
69
Well acted, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Mixed bag

See it if Munoz creates immediate interest with an ingratiating performance with both literary & scientific references that make you want to know more

Don't see it if As the play progresses, it becomes muddled with extraneous threads that confuse rather than clarify what went before. Missed opportunity​!

During previews
63
Disappointing, Great until it slips, Great acting

See it if you want to see an extraordinary performance by JAVIER MUÑOZ You want to see a great 60-70 minute play.

Don't see it if a play that is great for 60 to 70 minutes and then is awful for 25 to 35

Also This play is great when it is using the premise of the Sixth Sense. (M... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Good acting, Slow, Banal

See it if you like one person shows with good sound and visual effects. You're a fan of Munoz, who does an excellent acting job in this.

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

During previews
65
Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if show started off interesting before it went off into lala land...very confusing towards the end...

Don't see it if you want a clear narrative. the actor is very charming the script is not.

During previews
58
Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You enjoy a slow churn to a conclusion that is anything but inevitable.

Don't see it if You’re easily bored. Unfortunately, Mr. Munoz’ estimable talent and charm cannot sustain the weight of this eulogistic blather.

During previews
60
Intense, Slow, Limited, Dark, Static

See it if A symbolic escape from life's pain and guilt. A strong, workmanlike , one-man performance.

Don't see it if Suffocating, with an underlying sense of depression and doom, despite an attempt at and upbeat conclusion.

During previews
68
Confusing, Slow, Great acting

See it if into the wonderful talent and warmth of that Hamilton alum...

Don't see it if seeking coherence.

Also Muñoz is a great talent. The play, however, fails him. For most of it,... Read more Read less

During previews
57
Confusing, Ambitious

See it if A one man show dealing with hurt, loss and guilt. Munoz should settle in deeper. In previews he is still searching for the fit.

Don't see it if If you need an advanced plotline or multiple characters. This one man show takes too long to get where it's going. 90mins needs a 15min trim

During previews
60
Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you enjoy thinky plays that are heavily existential and philosphical.

Don't see it if you have even the slightest trouble following non-linear storylines or thinking outside the box.

Also I give this a 60 because it's midway in the "so-so" range between bad ... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Intense, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You want an excellently acted solo show

Don't see it if You want a good script.

During previews
50
Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if there is a possibility that you'll like this experience, or at least appreciate the efforts, if you really want to see Javier Munoz.

Don't see it if you are easily irritated by vague, fleeting references to time, literature, physics.

Also Even a brilliant - and charming - actor like Javier Munoz cannot save ... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You enjoy one-man monologues. The acting is excellent.

Don't see it if You have no patience for another indulgent, existential one-man show.

During previews
53
Slow, Great acting, Confusing

See it if Solo performances with good acting, but confusing non liner plot

Don't see it if Don't like solo performances, like coherent plots.


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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