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
73
Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an interesting piece about a man coming to terms with the death of a child and the mistakes he has made.

Don't see it if The start was funny & engrossing. About half-way it lost its focus. The night I saw it, there was a new ending, which didn't quite work.

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

See it if Ambitious exploration of life's big questions...fine line between love & grief. How we cope or don't. Great acting, sound, lighting, visuals

Don't see it if You have to listen closely and think this through. Not for those looking for light hearted entertainment.

Also The strong, charming Javier Munoz handles difficult material with ease... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Cliched, Great acting

See it if you want to support a good actor attempting to dissect a challenging topic of loss.

Don't see it if you prefer quick pacing and a more unique interpretation of the subject matter.

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
49
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Repetitive, Cliched

See it if You want a one-man, kitchen-sink show that repeats itself repeats itself repeats itself. You like Javier Muñoz (In the Heights, Hamilton).

Don't see it if You are tired of cliched writing with a half-dozen, poorly-formed story lines including an irrelevant coming out subplot. (So novel!)

Also This was so disappointing. The first 1/4 was promising. The first half... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Alternatively evocative and wordy, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if A meandering monologue needing editing. Sometimes wordy & overwritten, sometimes deftly evocative. Sympathetic performance by Javier Munoz.

Don't see it if You don't like stream of consciousness monologues on minimal stages or you need a clear story progression.

During previews
75
Different, Interesting, Great acting

See it if you like monologues and deep shows delivered in a light way.

Don't see it if you like great production value or need songs/many different characters/coherent storyline.

During previews
85
Profound/ pretentious(?), Complex at the expense of clarity, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if complexity and asking profound questions is more important to you than clarity of answers

Don't see it if you don’t like one-actor shows or if you have low tolerance for ambiguity.

During previews
70
Slow, Quirky, Intense, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if you don't mind a 90 minute one man existenstial crisis.

Don't see it if you want a linear story, or can't stay still for 90 mins with no intermission.

During previews
95
Superb acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a Broadway pro and a well written play.

Don't see it if you don’t like one person plays in an intimate setting. Even then, consider it.

Also A wonderful, charming and energetic actor, Javier Muñoz is a joy to wa... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great writing, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see one of the finest performances ever in an intricate and emotional production, beautifully directed. A brilliant night.

Don't see it if you are not interested in fate or not wanting an intellectual as well as emotional experience.

During previews
72
Resonant, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are open minded and enjoy a one person show.

Don't see it if You are looking to sit back, relax and not think about the plot.

During previews
88
Absorbing, Profound, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Unusual and great acting, staging, concept ... very clever and thought provoking

Don't see it if If you don’t want to be absorbed and think!!

During previews
74
Slow, Intelligent, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You're a Javier Munoz fan or like monologues about time and the forces that affect life

Don't see it if You want a clear plot and characters; this is just one person reflecting on his life through different scientific and historical concepts

Also Javier Munoz is a very charming actor and a lot of this show rides on ... Read more Read less

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.

During previews
100
Funny, Profound, Clever, Intense, Great acting

See it if If you appreciate one man shows that make you contemplate existence and think on your relationships in life. Touching and simple show

Don't see it if If you need pomp and huge engaging sets you will not be happy. If you want fluff and pointless entertainment, this isn’t for you

During previews
95
Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you appreciate shows that make you think, deal with existential themes, and make (many) references to literature.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, complicated shows that deal with deep emotion (re death), or have difficulty following non-linear plots.

During previews
72
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if great one man show dealing with observations on life and loss with references to the classics, poetry and the Bard. Definitely high-brow

Don't see it if if you don't like one man dramas dealing with life and loss. Definitey NOT a musical or a comedy but a show that makes you reflect on life

During previews
70
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like philosophical and existential topics, one-man great acting, and at times having raw and painful emotions invoked.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate long one-man shows.

During previews
70
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Weird, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want to see great acting by Javier Munoz in a very moving, intellectual play that went a little far by taking him to purgatory

Don't see it if you want a musical, don't like one man shows, don't want to think too much, and don't want to deal with very tragic events

During previews
82
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like philosophical discussions dealing with life and death The actor was quite riveting speaking for more than an hour and a half

Don't see it if You are looking for strict comedy or can’t sit through long soliloquys

During previews
70
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You like one man shows that turn serious and have a message

Don't see it if You’re expecting a light performance

During previews
71
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy solo performance by a seasoned actor.

Don't see it if Uou don't enjoy a long script delivered by a single actor.

During previews
99
Resonant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you like a theatrical challenge and incredible acting

Don't see it if If you don't like great writing

During previews
97
Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want a show that asks you to engage and think with a stellar performance by Javier Munoz at its center.

Don't see it if You’re looking for an easy laugh-fest. Some of the negative comments are bizarre and bitchy. Did they read the description of the show?

Also The production is gorgeous and beautifully staged. Javier Munoz is not... 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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