Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Chess Match No. 5

From 55 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

About the show

SITI Company and Abingdon Theatre Company present the world premiere of an avant-garde work inspired by American composer, writer, artist, and philosopher John Cage.  More…

SITI actors Will Bond and Ellen Lauren create a unique live art performance, part chess game and part music happening, which explores the words and ideas of a visionary artist. Come experience the wide-open mind-bending brilliance of Cage’s insights about the world, art, music, philosophy, and the adventures that life presents. Conceived and directed by veteran theater maker Anne Bogart.

1h 30m | Already closed | June Havoc Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (55)


Slow, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing
Avg Score

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Dated

See it if you like random music like John Cage

Don't see it if you think randomness is cliche

Also This type of theater is pompous and cliché. Dadaism was entertaining; ... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious, Fluffy, Dated

See it if If you like non traditional theater, with hardly any staging and chess

Don't see it if Like exciting plays with more action and more interested topics.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you're willing to see terrific actors working w/less than stimulating material

Don't see it if you are unwilling to see a show just for the actors and not for the material

During previews
Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are into viewpoints/Suzuki. You like thought-provoking theatre.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional plays/linear plots.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Resonant, Delightful

See it if you revel in thinking about how sound and music relate to your life.

Don't see it if you mostly enjoy traditional narratives.

Also Beautifully written and acted. Lots of attention to the sound design a... Read more Read less

March 28th, 2017
"They are not visibly doing theater, if that means plot, traditional characters or singing cats. Except, of course, that they are. You just need to recalibrate your expectations…‘Chess Match No. 5’ is a cerebral peek into an artist’s worldview…Will Bond, displaying the impish smile of an eccentri...
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March 20th, 2017
"Even as it quotes Cage, 'Match' resists him, and the resulting performance is respectful, warm-hearted, lovely…and inert...There should be an interesting tension between Bogart and Cage—there's so much that's different, they should come together in a crash. But the SITI method sands and polishes...
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March 19th, 2017
"Clarke's finished product onstage is—in the most objective sense of the word—boring. And yet, it's so Cage-like in spirit, you almost can't fault Clarke or director Anne Bogart for crafting 'Chess Match No. 5' in just this meandering way...Nevertheless, this sensory stimulation can't bear all th...
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March 23rd, 2017
"Works best as a kind of tribute to a singular figure in 20th-century culture, done with great affection and no small amount of charm...The text doesn't really assist in understanding the line of Cage's thought, and the director's slick, often amusing direction may be at odds with his rather aust...
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