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

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.

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.

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

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
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

During previews
70
Profound, Relevant, Confusing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy stream of consciousness theater in which we are privy to a character’s every thought. Javier Munoz does as much as possible w/it.

Don't see it if you find knowing someone every thought in the process of their journey someone cumbersome and dull.

During previews
78
Ambitious, Intricate & thought-provoking, Needs a trim of 10-15 minutes, Good acting & lighting/sound design, Meta & existential

See it if You appreciate the use of language, literature, science and references to time. You like one-actor shows. Have patience for a new script.

Don't see it if Don't like thinking about time, space, meaning, and life's existential questions. Need a linear, straightforward storyline.

Also Munoz works very hard and is successful with creating a complex charac... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if A brilliantly written one man show excellently performed with interesting effects.

Don't see it if You want a simple story.

Also He skillfully wove this tale to a rapt audience. What seemed simple wa... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Heavy, Confusing, Philosophical, Existential, Great acting

See it if Great performance by Munoz. Starts strong, lots of interesting themes/ideas. Some parts were great but writer unable to sustain greatness.

Don't see it if you don't like 1 person monologue or plays dealing with heavy themes. Gets muddled in 2nd half, felt like too much was thrown in.

During previews
72
Thought-provoking, Poignant, Ambitious, Slow, Great acting

See it if up for a bravura solo performance making you think about life—its meaning & how you navigate it. Charismatic actor w/ a Robin Williams vibe.

Don't see it if need lots of visual & audio stimulation, tighter script, upbeat fare: bare set, few props, stream of consciousness flow. Drags toward end.

During previews
73
Slow, Thought-provoking, Good writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy solo shows, Javier Munoz, or a theme of life's existential questions, and usage of literature and science.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy solo shows, complex characters, or thought provoking themes.

During previews
71
Ambitious

See it if the man navigates through life changes big & small with penetrating intelligence.He balances the personal and the universal with wit & grit

Don't see it if you are expecting a big production or a comedy.

Also this was a very intimate and insightful piece. Instead of a play,it fe... Read more Read less

During previews
70
More draft than finished work, Too busy, Too much poetry, Too many ideas, Shakespeare & marlowe & einstein & life

See it if You’d enjoy a 1-man show so full of grief & loss & poetry & joi de vivre that you can’t sort it out.

Don't see it if You dislike 1-man shows, want direction, clear drama, linear plot or music or a finished & straightforward play.

Also Glad to have seen Javier Munoz, as I missed Hamilton & In The Heights.... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you appreciate a passionately acted one-man show that delves into philosophy while also sharing a highly emotional personal story

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy; if you don't enjoy a one-man show


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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