Counting Sheep
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Counting Sheep

Counting Sheep NYC Reviews and Tickets

(63 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Great singing

About the Show

After a successful international festival run, this Ukrainian guerrilla folk-opera comes to New York. An immersive theatrical experience that brings audiences inside the heart of the 2013-2014 Ukrainian revolution.

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Member Reviews (63)

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195 Reviews | 50 Followers
Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to se the best immersive historic play of the year. It is original, contemporary, important to watch.

Don't see it if you don't want to learn about Ukrainian history and revolution. Read more

173 Reviews | 44 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Profound, Resonant

See it if you want to have a unique, and profoundly moving experience

Don't see it if you have adverse feelings about immersive storytelling Read more

292 Reviews | 62 Followers
Resonant, Profound, Great staging, Great singing, Epic

See it if You like Slavic music. You are interested in modern history.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive theater. Read more

105 Reviews | 58 Followers
Relevant, Ambitious, Resonant, Great music, Immersive for good reason (ok to opt out tho)

See it if u want to participate (or watch others do so). U're interested in Slavic music, protests/revolutions, the Ukraine, or being a global citizen

Don't see it if you want traditional theater. You have no interest in international affairs or what happens outside the US. Read more

287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Absorbing, Dizzying, Relevant, Intense, Edgy

See it if You're interested in recent Ukranian history or you like kasha (they feed you!).

Don't see it if Productions in languages other than English bother you or you don't enjoy interactive shows. Read more

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy immersive theater - dancing with characters, eating free borscht soup & pierogis, hearing poignant songs, & large video screens.

Don't see it if You prefer a traditional theater environment.

124 Reviews | 46 Followers
Great singing, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Exciting

See it if you like immersive theatre, relevant political stories, you don't mind the whole show being sung in Ukranian.

Don't see it if you want a conventional piece of theatre, don't do well with strobe lights and loud music, want to know what is going on 100% of the time

548 Reviews | 1891 Followers
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if You like immersive theater. You are right in a protest, a riot, a funeral, a celebration and dinner. It's powerful and moving.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable being in the middle of the action. You can't handle simulated violence.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
December 5th, 2017

“The language barrier is a persistent frustration in this participatory multimedia production, performed in Ukrainian and pulsing with live music by the excellent Lemon Bucket Orkestra...The show hasn’t mastered one of the fundamentals of immersive theater...Just like actors, audience members need to know their roles...For the audience, neither the passion nor the threat is real, and for us to feign it feels hollow — like playing at someone else’s protest while the world burns."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 12th, 2017

“A highly inventive performance piece, staged with urgency and clarity...The closest most of us will ever get to being caught up in the tumult and the electrifying energy of a government-shaking protest...A headfirst plunge into the experience of a people spontaneously pushing back against a government that is betraying their interests...These intensely committed performers have shaken us out of our daily reality, making us wonder how much we would risk to challenge the status quo.”
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Theatre is Easy
December 5th, 2017

“The self-described ‘immersive guerrilla folk opera’ is extremely effective....It’s an amazing experience...Thanks to the dramatic projected imagery, and the immersion into what is happening, the audience gets to briefly glimpse the highs and lows of political activism...'Counting Sheep' reminds us that we are the change we’ve been waiting for. It's simply up to us to seize the challenge.”
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Theater Pizzazz
December 11th, 2017

"It delivers as advertised on the immersive folk opera front. Its guerrilla credentials are a little shaky, but that’s probably for the best...Kevin Newbury gets high-octane interactive performances from his game troupe and displays an innate sense of crowd dynamics. 'Counting Sheep' works well as a euphoric party in the context of a crusade for socio-political change, but it doesn’t do a whole lot to give that crusade historical context or even define what the crusade is."
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Village Voice
December 8th, 2017

"Unsettling, loose in parts, but ultimately effective, this experience will get you thinking about community, collaboration, revolt, violence, and peace...Though there are moments of genuine trepidation, sometimes the slackness of the production weakens the impact. Tableaux battles between police and protesters lack gravity...The participation, so central to the show, can, too, be briefly awkward...But that is all part of the messily rewarding process."
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Off Off Online
December 14th, 2017

"Immersive theater at its very best...The audience experiences a visceral rather than a complete or detailed picture of the story into which it has been swept up. Three things, it would seem, were required, then, to speak the burning truth of the Maidan revolution...Most important of all, it must place the audience not outside but inside the action of the revolution itself...For all of its brilliant chaos, energy, irreverence, and passion, 'Counting Sheep' is a work of great delicacy."
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August 11th, 2016
For a previous production

"Immersive isn't quite right. It's closer to the forum theatre of Augusto Boal. We're spect-actors in a simulation–and it's impossible to lose sight of that...Even in this controlled environment, your stomach knots, your adrenaline surges, your body clenches for the fight. It's powerful, play-acting...Screens surround you with scenes from Maidan Square. It's incredibly involving...In its midst, you get a sense of what the reality might be like."
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The Stage (UK)
August 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"This mixture of the passive and the active ends up being the show’s most tricky element. As an experience it’s undeniably powerful and affecting, but it has its own narrative arc, too. It’s a potent and thought-provoking, if at times difficult, piece. The skill with which it’s been created is clear though; the way it fills the space, the way it uses music, and the way it imparts an understanding that this story is part of something larger and far from over."
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