Diva: Live from Hell
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Diva: Live from Hell
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Diva: Live from Hell NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(37 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
0%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

About the Show

Theater for the New City presents Sean Patrick Monahan's solo musical about a homicidal teenage diva doomed to retell his story for all eternity as a cabaret act in Hell.

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Member Reviews (37)

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
75
Cliched, Well performed, Well staged, Clever, Campy

See it if you were a HS theater arts junkie. The hell-setting is clever, the acting/singing is strong, but the story feels worn. Stereotypes abound.

Don't see it if you dislike shows about theater. Lots of inside jokes. No real lesson imparted. Still, SPM is a joy to watch. A fun, light outing. Read more

533 Reviews | 488 Followers
70
Engaging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy one-person shows.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in seeing the work of a bunch of promising artists in the early stages of their career.

375 Reviews | 227 Followers
49
Cliched, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you are a theater junkie who likes campy, bitchy dialogue as delivered by a very hard working young musical performer/ writer.

Don't see it if your tolerance for a vanity production wears thin quickly. Read more

400 Reviews | 61 Followers
79
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent, Campy and bitchy

See it if you want to see a very talented young performer who goes over the top on a subject he loves-Musical Theater. The ending needs work, though.

Don't see it if musical theater with inside jokes are not your thing.

260 Reviews | 597 Followers
88
Great acting, Great singing, Fluffy, Black comedy

See it if you like a great performance! One man show, playing each character with believability and aplomb. Directed by Danny Bernstein - I'm a fan.

Don't see it if you don't like Black Comedy, Cabaret shows, one man shows. Tongue in cheek direction. I had a blast.

332 Reviews | 42 Followers
89
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great band

See it if You want to laugh and be thoroughly entertained. You want to hear good singing and great characters by this performer.

Don't see it if You don't like a cabaret style show. You don't want to laugh. You don't like a one man performance. You don't want to have a fun night out. Read more

246 Reviews | 43 Followers
79
Cliched, Delightful, Entertaining, Indulgent, Uneven

See it if you enjoy cute musicals and parodies.

Don't see it if you want something deep or if a threadbare high school coming out story doesn't appeal to you

213 Reviews | 33 Followers
84
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if Like unusual entertaining one man shows.

Don't see it if Want serious or thought provoking.

Critic Reviews (5)

TheaterScene.net
April 4th, 2017

"'Diva: Live From Hell,' an energetic, campy variation on the 'All About Eve' theme, is performed with manic glee by Sean Patrick Monahan who also wrote the book and created all the colorful characters. His partner in crime is Alexander Sage Oyen who provided the music and lyrics. Sex (requited and unrequited), ugly violence and dark humor are all thrown into the story which is told by Desmond Channing (Monahan, who also plays virtually a high school's worth of characters)."
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Theater In The Now
April 2nd, 2017

"The quintessential show for musical theater lovers...With odes to the Golden Age, jazzy lounge numbers, and some exquisite showstoppers, Sage Oyen has brought new vivacity to Monahan’s colorful characters...This show would not be possible without the brilliance that is Sean Patrick Monahan. Both as a performer and writer, he has a strong ability to paint the players. They may be over-the-top but they are genuine and accessible. As a performer, Monahan is transformative."
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CHARGED.fm
March 30th, 2017

“A brilliant new one-man musical…Although technically a one-man show, it doesn't feel like one. Monahan has a definite gift for mimicry to the point where other characters in the plot seem to have a palpable presence…The songs by Oyen are clever and vibrant and flow seamlessly with the script. Monahan delivers the songs with élan and a well-honed, confident voice...A precocious achievement for Monahan. The script and his performance demonstrate a laser-like intelligence."
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T
March 31st, 2017

"A dark comedic send-up of madness directed with smart intensity...Monahan moves seamlessly from one character to the next embodying each one with consummate flair. His voice is terrific, and when he launches into song his brave performance and 'Diva' comes fully alive. Unfortunately, although initially witty, Desmond is such a shallow lout that you quickly lose all compassion for him. Despite all the talent involved his story ceases to amuse and you couldn’t care less."
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Z
March 28th, 2017

“A winsome cabaret performance…Mr. Monahan, who also wrote the terrific campy book, shines as Desmond. He artfully assumes the personas of the other characters in the story, too. As the playwright, Mr. Monahan infuses his tale with wonderfully reverent and sometimes rapid-fire cute references to other shows and actors, demonstrating his endearing and enduring love for theatre…The music by Alexander Sage Oyen is superb.”
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