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Agnus

From 1 critic and 26 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Disappointing

About the show

Set in the year 2047, this piece grapples with themes of corporatized media, an elite political sphere, advanced technology, prisons, and the governance of public opinion. More…

Agnus is an odd man in both appearance and personality. Cryptic and volatile after being accused of the murder of a California Governor, Agnus undergoes a series of interviews by a state appointed psychologist to determine his fitness to stand trial. Spoken Word Hip-Hop Theater Artist Ise Lyfe and Google Tech Writer Matt Werner collaborated to write and produce this futuristic political drama.



60
My Entertainment World

"Finds strength in its political voice...However, these important themes are sometimes lost in 'Agnus’s' unfocused plot...The creative team makes the most of the intimate Lion Theatre, using staging techniques, lighting, and projection design to make the production feel grand and evocative...There are elements of brilliance tucked away in an ambitious script and characters worth exploring, but these elements are intertwined with a story that often feels both unfinished and unfulfilling." Full Review


90
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the future of American politics and the criminal justice system, or discussions of how we treat criminals in society

Don't see it if You are looking for a 100% polished play. This piece is as much about the message and intent as it is about the dialogue

Also Ise, playing the title role of Agnus, did an insane job. At first the ... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You enjoy well crafted new plays bu emerging talent. I thoroughly enjoyed this show, which was carefully constructed and skillfully mounted.

Don't see it if You dislike political dramas, strong language, and dystopian themes. I see this play as a work in development, but aren't they all.

Also This ambitious 2-hour drama was remarkably well written. It suffered f... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like cautionary tales.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter entertainment.

80
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to open your mind to where we may be going with all that is happening today. Brilliant writing and the cast is very good.

Don't see it if you cannot open your mind to possibilities of the future based on all that is afoot today. Disturbing moments may not be for all.

80
Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a superb actor embody his character; and the political theme is relevant to us right now.

Don't see it if you dislike political and futuristic themes.

Also Ise Lyfe is a force to witness. I could not take my eyes off of him; h... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Little slow

See it if The story was good at time a little slow. The actor was good. It held my interest and the end was something I did see coming.

Don't see it if You have to be open to different experiences.

75
Funny, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a new and inprogress play about near a future dystopian society very similiar to our own. You're a fan of Ise Lyfe.

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical or show for young children.

71
Ambitious, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great staging

See it if You like "black mirror", it felt a lot like an episode of that show, joined with politics and criminal justice.

Don't see it if If you dislike any of the things mentioned above, want to see a comedy or expect a show/ story with no kinks .

Also I liked the story, I do work in the criminal justice field so I have a... Read more Read less

71
Entertaining

See it if Has a twist at tbe end tbat you do not expect

Don't see it if You do not like plays about terroists.

70
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy off-beat, innovative plays that focus on the political, legal, and newsworthy aspects of our lives, set in a futuristic milieu.

Don't see it if You don’t like abstract themes- You think we are doomed- You don’t like intense drama

70
Ambitious, Edgy, Relevant, Excruciating, Uneven

See it if As expected, a strong political satire. Quite odd and experimental inducing enough chuckles here and there.

Don't see it if Perplexing progression of events with an unconventional vision. Not really a haha or a moving piece but an intriguing one

Also Agnus (Ise) was brilliant and intense. Not sure if I’ve encountered a ... Read more Read less

62
Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant, Confusing, Very general

See it if / to immerse yourself in a futuristic world we could find ourselves in if we're not careful, not unlike the Black Mirror TV series.

Don't see it if you expect all elements to come together. Uneven acting and not-specific-enough writing make this an undercooked experience.

Also The abstract and ubiquitous projections give the right amount of futur... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Relevant, Banal, Confusing, Slow

See it if Entry level procedural set in high tech future; think a CSI episode written at Google, despite interesting moments over plotting defeats

Don't see it if Despite all the government surveillance & AI techno (it's 2047), its a comfort to know human venality & revenge will still win in the end

55
Thought-provoking, Awful acting

See it if You're willing to endure some truly awful performances to experience a decent story

Don't see it if You have high expectations

Also I'm really on the fence here. I did like some things about the show, b... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you are curious about the status world in 2047 seen through the eyes of a bizarre character on trial for his life.

Don't see it if a study of a strange and insane character other than Donald Trump is not your cup of tea.

Also Agnus, the brain child creation of playwrights Ise Lyfe & Matt Werner,... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Quirky, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You like experimental multi-media, futuristic, hodge-podge, not sure what happens next, not sure what just happened, murder mystery

Don't see it if You like to leave the theater satisfied

47
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Slow

See it if You like futuristic dystopian subjects, not sure a different story is told here that sets it apart, but the premise is there

Don't see it if You want to be entertained, the pacing is tough, the actors struggled to move around an awkward set, it wasn’t ready for this stage yet

Also Just a side note that content aside, there are some VERY good performa... Read more Read less

45
Amateur, Cliched, Slow, Prosaic

See it if you want to see a poor man's "1984", with a rather silly premise, far too many characters, and not nearly enough cuts to the mundane script.

Don't see it if you expect a polished, professional production or an original dystopian story. [The interminable courtroom scene is illogical & ridiculous.]

45
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You have a friend in the cast.

Don't see it if You want plays that have action. This brought to mind the Talking Heads lyric "You're talking a lot, but you're not saying anything."

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Underdeveloped

See it if you like futuristic dystopias. Quirky main character portrayed full-heartedly by the co-author of the play, Ise Lyfe.

Don't see it if you like solid stories and fully developed characters.

33
Disappointing, Shallow, Obvious, Unconvincing, College level

See it if you blame “the government” for a general sense of malaise but can’t form a cohesive argument against any specific policy

Don't see it if you don’t want to be reminded of the long, self-satisfied plays people wrote in college; you’re not moved by a lot of unfocused anger

Also Doesn’t live up to the blurb. The play takes for granted that we know ... Read more Read less

30
Confusing, Disappointing, Unfortunate

See it if You enjoy theatre that doesn't make sense on purpose.

Don't see it if You enjoy good theatre.

30
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Painful

See it if you are a friend of the actors. Nice staging.

Don't see it if Just don't. Really amateur acting and dialogue. Need a lot of work.

Also Thank God there was an intermission. I was ready to leave in the middl... Read more Read less

15
Confusing, Slow, Loud, Aimless

See it if An angry, annoying, confusing yell-fest of unsympathetic characters going nowhere with considerable energy and sadistic fervor.

Don't see it if Like good surrealism? (Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Trial, Invitation to a Beheading, Diary of a Madman) Sorry, this won't do it for you.

60
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Slow

See it if you like sci-fi plays and enjoy seeing new work by young authors.

Don't see it if you don't like sci-fi and prefer high-value productions over works of emerging artists.


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