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Counting Sheep NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(64 Reviews)
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95%
Mixed
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Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense, Resonant

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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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Resonant

See it if current and important story told through a particularly creative immersive experience. Poignant and moving.

Don't see it if you don't care about immersive experiences, moving or participating. Read more

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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)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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August 29th, 2016
For a previous production

"As much a celebration of Ukrainian culture as it is a tragic reconstruction of the events...There’s a peculiar disparity between the violence on the screens and the warmth of the ensemble...It’s an excellent piece of theatre...The final message of 'Counting Sheep'–that the conflict is not over–serves as an unsettling reminder of how quick we are to lose interest in conflicts once the initial drama is over, and of the deep relevance and importance of this show."
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August 25th, 2016
For a previous production

"The singing is incredible, both emotive and haunting...This is immersive theatre: the audience are not there to passively witness the revolution, they are part of it...There is no personal story to latch onto, which can lead to dips in the narrative, but also encourages engagement with the revolution as a movement. The focus is on the collective rather than the individual in a work that is not only exciting but an exposé of stories not making the news."
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August 12th, 2016
For a previous production

"Lights go off and then flicker on to show us various tableaux of conflict. At times, we build barricades, chuck bricks, and pass out helmets in this cleverly choreographed production...The show is an exciting, interactive event with many striking visual scenes. At times it resembles a stylized party...You won’t learn much about the political conflict and you may even disagree with the revolution depicted but you will certainly enjoy being part of this dramatic recreation."
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August 14th, 2016
For a previous production

"It’s frightening and as real as it can be as we join the revolution...But it’s more than that. It’s a stark reality, a warning. This is real life, a reflection of humanity and the world that we are living in...We are completely immersed into their experience, their history and the civil war that is still going on today...An astonishingly important, eye-opening, thought-provoking event to attend...We are the spectators of an unimaginable experience. This is theatre, as well as a lesson."
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May 27th, 2016
For a previous production

"A recreation of the square itself is made, the present community becoming one with the community of Ukrainian protesters. 'Counting Sheep' is a wondrous experiential work that is engaging, fun, alarming, joyous and thought-provoking. By being directly involved with the work’s unfolding narrative, audience members are forced to confront their own feelings around engagement, community, and the nature of theatre itself."
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