New York | 1h 20m | Already closed


From 6 critic and 3 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Good writing, Resonant

About the show

The Tank and Glass Bandits Theater Company present a new play about three men named Charles: a father, his son, and his son's son. More…

In the present, three generations of fathers and sons struggle to communicate as their family line grows and ages across a vast ocean of time. How do individuals continue to exist through the passing of the years? Do I eat pickles on my sandwich because my great-great grandpa did? Charles, Charles, Charles, Charles, Charles Charles Charles.

1h 20m | Already closed | The Brick (Brooklyn)


“A moving exploration of the fleetingness of life…Carl Holder’s vision is bold, and his grasp of technique is commanding…Bewildering, though always engaging…Three talented and skilled actors vibrantly appear in the production, and faithfully fulfill the author’s intentions with their mesmerizing performances…Director Finn’s staging is a supreme melding of all of the technical elements with the expressive work of the actors...Ms. Finn has exquisitely rendered Holder’s work." Full Review

Theater In The Now

"This play patiently and benevolently gives each generation its say...'Charleses' is a well-written and exquisitely directed and performed play. If you haven’t had a 'show don’t tell experience' in a while, please go see it. I’m sure you will be left with the pleasurable task of learning to like three nice but flawed people. They are solid, and totally different from each other, and speak as often as not in facial expressions." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"As 'Charleses' pushes the discussion of legacies and lineages further, it adds more flavor and edge to what is otherwise a mostly realistic play. However, at a certain point...the play loses its grounded focus and unfortunately becomes a bit confusing. Several false endings and an extended epilogue seem to be repetitions of the same point. 'Charleses' is nevertheless engaging and wildly imaginative. It uses recognizable characters to tell a powerful story in cerebral and inventive ways." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"Occasionally, 'Charleses' leaves its strange rhythm behind to stay put in well-trod territory...Fortunately, there are enough moments when the play gets specific and allows individual moments to have their own significance...The direction of Meghan Finn maintains the ritual rhythm at the heart of the work. All three actors effectively transition between ages, time periods, and characters...If the play has a major weakness, it is the lack of a feminine presence." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

”We watch Charles grow up, have conflicts with his father and/or grandfather, go through various stages of adulthood and then old age and finally death. It’s very much a cycle of life experience. Unfortunately it feels at times like we’re seeing it play out in real time…Ultimately ‘Charleses’ relies on the audience’s ability to find fascination in the mundane…The big question is whether we can sit through an hour and a half of these ponderings.” Full Review

Plays to See

"Holder’s dialogue is vague enough that each scene leaves the audience with emotional resonance, but not much literal context. The abstractness works well, at first. What doesn’t work well is that the script doesn’t do anything with it...Even the question of machismo – which is only portrayed in the most generic of displays – is left unanswered as the play spirals off in a different direction...The actors did a good job with what they were given." Full Review

Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Good writing, Resonant

See it if Holder's intelligent albeit unorthodox generational diorama about a man named Charles. Sharply written having 'diamond in the rough' quality

Don't see it if Absurdist plot goes a bit awry when "individual Charleses" become "universal Charleses" but Finn's taut direction keeps apace with aplomb

Confusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you like plays that go off into the abstract

Don't see it if You like your plays to stay somewhat in the reality where they start.

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During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You would like to see how three generations of men talk to each other

Don't see it if You don't believe in the inverse Bechdel test

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