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Beep Boop

From 6 critic and 62 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

About the show

Crowded Outlet's new production is a dark and whimsical multimedia clown show created by physical comedian Richard Saudek. More…

Inspired equally by silent-era masters and vaudevillian peculiarity, "Beep Boop" is a twisted romp that explores our obsession with technology and our increasing loneliness in a world with so many ways to connect.

Theatre is Easy

“This multimedia-saturated, fast-paced clowning show is a hilarious yet ultimately poignant exploration of loneliness in this technology-obsessed world...A funhouse mirror that exaggerates...A creative and relentless parody...It dazzles with its ingenious creativity, presents a relevant issue, and at the same time, includes an element of hope...Truly one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking pieces I've seen in a long time.” Full Review

The Reviews Hub

"Amid brilliant physical clowning and laser specific silent action is a pervasive sense of loneliness away from the devices...Saudek is ablaze with unfailing energy and specificity. His expressiveness is unparalleled, and each movement is curated to optimal effect. 'beep boop' is simultaneously a celebration and indictment of our relationship to our devices." Full Review

Front Row Center

"What I loved about the experience spending time with Robert’s creations, was that it touched on many levels of the human experience...This mime is not alone: Partnering with his indomitable foley artist (Nora Kaye), who is as much an integral part of the show as anything else, even the goldfish, this wonderful performance could not have been so beautifully carried out without the creative people supporting the production and contributing their enormous audio and visual talents." Full Review


"'beep boop,' Richard Saudek's hour-long sad-sack romp through modern man's constant love/hate bout with technology, is at HERE, the avant-garde arts center in SoHo. Its deft combination of mime, music, audio-visual effects and-yes-modern technology is worth a visit to this very active performance space, if for nothing else than to see Saudek disappear into his laptop." Full Review

Off Off Online

“While Saudek refrains from speaking, apart from ‘beep boop’, his body is a splendid storyteller; he is a crackerjack physical performer, displaying traits and business that call to mind other clowns, comedians and cartoon characters...For a wordless script, no finer points could have been put onto paper...Will ‘Beep Boop’ change the world? Not likely. Will it make you laugh out loud and think twice next time you text? Without a doubt.” Full Review

Stage and Cinema

“A brilliant display of mime and clown craft...Only on two occasions did I feel lost as to precisely what was being communicated...What could use a little work is the drama, specifically around the middle part...Saudek digresses more than once from the central storyline...That said, ‘beep boop’ is a charming invention, and Saudek a delight to watch as he uses his body, his face, and his hands to create a little universe that is lovely and funny and touching and a little bit sad." Full Review

Clever, Must see, Quirky, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if You like a unique blend of movement, acting and technology.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor and are not open to different forms of expression.

Best hour you'll spend this month

See it if you enjoy a wonderful performance by an extremely talented mime.

Don't see it if you don't like mimes or don't use a cell phone.

Also This guy is great and so is the sound engineer. From giggles to belly ... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Amazing and sophisticated pantomime about the lonelily life of a looner. There is humor and there is tragedy,also parody of our daily lives

Don't see it if This show is more like an art form. There are elements of modern dance, just with a mocking twist. Beautiful moves of the performer

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a very timely, very intelligent piece of performance art making fun of technology

Don't see it if You don't like one man mime shows

Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Great staging, Charlie chaplin meets technology

See it if You’d love to see what a Charlie Chaplin/Apple (eg iPhone, iPad, MacBook) mashup is like. Excellent mime and foley!

Don't see it if You don’t like mimes. This is a 60-minute mime comedy.

Also The small theatre was very warm during the performance I attended and ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy skilled clowning and physical theatre with a biting edge.

Don't see it if You are looking for traditional narrative play format.

Clever, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging, With amazing mime skills and awesome sight/sound/lighting skills, this mere 55 min. piece is a work of genius!

See it if You want to see a brilliant and hilarious and moving comment on the way we live now with all our tech devices. Fabulously entertaining!

Don't see it if You totally hate mime. However, I don't like mime myself, but this won me over right away and wound up blowing me away, I really loved it!

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if ... want an uplifting, enjoyable experience.

Don't see it if if you do not enjoy mime.

Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want some great physical comedy and miming; want something kinda weird, yet fun and entertaining

Don't see it if you want dialogue; a traditional straight play; not interested in a piece about society's obsession with technology

Also love the inclusion of the Wilhelm scream! Also, I'm not much of a "lau... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Entertaining, Unique

See it if you want to see clowning for the 21st century, you like to be totally engaged in a funny and relevant show - I was grinning the whole time.

Don't see it if you can't put down your phone for an hour to see why you should put down your phone for an hour.

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if You love Marcel Marceau, physical story telling, intimate theatrical experiences.

Don't see it if You're looking for text or something grandiose.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to spend an evening with a smile on your face....it's Mr Bean meets Jim Carrey meets social media.

Don't see it if don't like clowning around, one man shows, or use of humor to comment on social issues.

Creative, Clever, Enchanting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy physical comedy and relevant depictions of dependence on electronic devices over humans and the loneliness that can result

Don't see it if If you need dialog and fancy sets, and you do not enjoy using your imagination. You don’t like clowns/mimes.

Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You like physical & mimic vibes. This is a very unique prod. The actor is super talented +great story teller. A must see excellent show.

Don't see it if If you don't like a show without words.

Funny, Delightful, Masterful

See it if you’re a fan of physical comedy, clever stagecraft, brilliant clown work, or you know someone who’s addicted to their devices.

Don't see it if you need words to understand a story.

Also This show made me smile from start to finish. It’s short, sweet, silly... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love modern Charlie chaplin acts. Great coordination with the sound effects. G Could reduce the show time, I got bored for a few minute

Don't see it if Just watch it. Great acting!! This is something new. Highly recommended.

Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy the story without words... It's really refreshing to see how much can be expressed in depth without actual dialogues

Don't see it if You only aim for intense drama.

Also Great sound effects!!!

Original, Absorbing, Masterful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if to sample a highly inventive, unusual hour of farce about human obsession w/ devices—Saudek mesmerizes, ditto his fab sound-effects partner!

Don't see it if Do! Yes, it's a mime but also a pax de deux & brimming w/ side-splitting sound effects, some by Saudek; note intimate venue, interactive bit

Funny, Clever, Inventive, Timely, Masterful mime

See it if BlueMan Group meets Chaplin in the age of cyber-anxiety works for you. Saudek is agile, expressive & funny. Props to the sound lady.

Don't see it if A 1-hander w/no dialogue bores you. But it's really an hour-long romp through the foibles & pathos of humans vs the screens that consume us.

Great acting, Fine directing, Acrobatic mime, Predictable story

See it if You like a strong, energetic mime with remarkable facial expression and fine-tuned body language. Richard Saudek does an expert job.

Don't see it if You don't like mime (hard to imagine) are not amused that folks nowadays always stick their noses in their phones, or dislike sad sacks.

Also Having seen Mark Gindick's outstanding Wing-Man in 2013 (now THAT show... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Masterful, Polished, Beguiling

See it if you loved Macbeth Muet or Marcel/The Art of Laughter; you treasure sterling talent that gets unleashed in small theaters

Don't see it if you dislike delightful things or small scale; are craving a meatier show

Also A joy to watch this confection of a show. Saudek nails it in conceptio... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want to see cutting edge, unique theater that makes much of very little, and showcases unique talents and creativity.

Don't see it if You don’t like avant-garde shows, need dialogue in your shows, or don’t like physical comedy.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy physical clowning, solo shows, creative commentary on our obsession with communication devices & resulting isolation.

Don't see it if You dislike miming and prefer more traditional theater. But you would be missing something special

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy silly physical sketches about the role of technology in our lives.

Don't see it if You dislike cartoons or mime

Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you'd love to see someone imitate us, and our addiction to technology, in a hilarious way!

Don't see it if If mild audience participation and/or using physical comedy in place of speech (aka performance art) is not at all your thing.

Also Absolutely hilarious, and though he is mimeing, it's not a typical mim... Read more Read less

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