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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

During previews
92
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like intense drama and stories that build over time. This play is a wonderful production that makes you think. Well worth your time.

Don't see it if You are not keen on one person plays or have some sensitivity to sickness and death.

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
74
Too long, Well acted, Earnest

See it if You enjoy literary allusions and a look into how individuals cope with grief. Javier Munoz is so earnest & likable & he even sings briefly

Don't see it if You can’t stand 90 minute monologue - hard to feel grief when audience never meets lost character; Munoz works hard but let down by material

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
85
You’ll follow him to the dark corners of his mind, A man's inner voice made manifest, Original, A life deconstructed by mourning, physics, philosophy and literature, Daring in its structure

See it if You like daring one-man shows which explore life sideways through contemplative musings about physics, literature, relationships love & loss

Don't see it if You prefer more upbeat plays unlike this exploring a man's life crisis & mental journey brought on by the loss of his young child to cancer.

Also The description of this theatrical performance piece was vague enough ... 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
81
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You would appreciate a heavily philosophically based one man performance with minimalist staging.

Don't see it if You want to see an uplifting ensemble piece or have difficulty deciphering metaphors.

Also I thought Mr Munoz’s performance was compelling as he effortlessly dri... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like a solo performance recounting a person’s life centering around the loss of a child.

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows, especially non-linear solo shows.

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


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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