Already closed | 2h 20m | East Village

Duat

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great singing, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

About the show

Soho Rep presents Daniel Alexander Jones' new play with music, which marks the return of his stage alter ego: the vivacious Jomama Jones. More…

Comprised of three parts and developed in collaboration with director Will Davis, 'Duat' marries Jones’ long-form solo autobiographical improvisations with his musical work as Jomama Jones. Both an alter ego and an archetype, Jomama is a musical sensation that Jones channels and fully embodies. In this triptych, two halves of a soul hunt through a hall of records; a librarian breaks the seal of a mysterious archive; and a teacher and her class prepare the pageant to end all pageants. 'Duat' conjures a spell of disintegration, transformation, and regeneration through a performance that's a little bit vaudeville, a little bit rock and soul.

2h 20m | Already closed | Connelly Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (32)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great singing, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking
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Avg Score

79
Ambitious, Great singing, Great writing, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you are open to theatrical surprises. The first act is completely unlike the second. Both acts have beautiful singing and poetic writing.

Don't see it if continuity is important to your theatrical experience. There are three deeply varied and only normally connected sections.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like original productions with a cast that works hard to deliver entertainment with meaning.

Don't see it if you purely want to be entertained as this material is well thought out.

70
Ambitious, Uneven, Charmng, Overlong

See it if The first section is thought-provoking if long with some great talent, the second difficult to understand the vocals, and the final piece...

Don't see it if ...is not nearly as good. Becomes campy and predictable and possibly decent songs are lost in the less successful and tiresome acting.

60
Indulgent

See it if You have a thing for sentimental growing up homosexual (rather than queer or gay) stories and some fine young performers.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of honeyed music, mannered presentation, a sincere and earnest aesthetic.

92
Epic, Sprawling, Dizzying, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You are interested in a highly original and moving presentation of a mixed-race and homosexual childhood.

Don't see it if You are looking for a linear plot or are uncomfortable with depictions of homosexuality or racial tensions.

Also The story veers from personal revelations through pronouncements by Eg... Read more Read less

63
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy autobiographical shows, want to see some talented young performers singing.

Don't see it if you want to see a coherent show, lived through the 60s, 70s and 80s yourself, dislike navel grazing.

Also The 2 acts are only loosely joined together. Act one is basically a le... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of Daniel "Jomama" Jones and are interested in a bit of his back story.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional play with a through plot.

79
Entertaining, Confusing, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if you like both the introspective storytelling staring a queer person of color of the first act and the spectacle of the last

Don't see it if you want the storyline to even resemble something linear

77
Ambitious, Quirky, Intelligent, Refreshing, Edgy

See it if You like clever and unusual writing

Don't see it if If you like " traditional " theater

25
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to be utterly confused

Don't see it if You want to be entertained and enjoy theater

67
Entertaining, Confusing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You are an adventurous theater-goer

Don't see it if You have trouble following abstract concepts..

91
Edgy, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you are interested in issues of identity. You enjoy non-linear, thought-provoking theater.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable exploring various forms of identity including race, gender, and sexuality.

78
Confusing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you like hearing from queer, non-white voices, if you enjoy compelling performances, or if you like being a little out of your comfort zone.

Don't see it if you want your story to be completely resolved or if you don't like the breaking of the fourth wall or interaction with performers.

77
Clever, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if your looking for the downtown theatre experience. Theatre that is cleverly written, creative but challenges the traditional narrative.

Don't see it if If your not comfortable with the gay-themed stories, musically heavy or a text-heavy production.

96
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to be completely immersed in a play you know absolutely nothing about. If you like long discussions on "what just happened??"

Don't see it if You prefer straight forward storylines and if you don't like themes around racism and homosexuality.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing

See it if U like experiments in form, beautifully crafted language, great music, and overall ingenious theatricality

Don't see it if U dont like the above likes or having transcendental moments in the theatre! Just do urself a favor and see this!!

86
Enchanting, Exquisite, Resonant

See it if You want to enjoy a night at the theater

Don't see it if you're an over-analyzer

85
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

See it if cool themes, great performances, unique personality

Don't see it if confusing and odd plot at times

During previews
35
Confusing, Messy, Opaque, Unengaging, Inconsistent

See it if you're looking to see a super messy show that I guess has something interesting to say but is having a lot of trouble communicating it.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for unclear storytelling or uncompelling structure.

During previews
65
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky

See it if Autobiographical coming of age of young, gay black man in mid '80's/early 90's. Good performances marred by high concept.

Don't see it if Have difficulty with non-linear, conceptual/philosophical story; feels like a lengthy workshop rather than fully realized work

During previews
75
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to engage in a conversation with your theatre-going companions about this play. Very interesting elements.

Don't see it if you need a linear structure in your plays. Also, if you don't want to think.

Also There are many elements in the play that millennial will not get. Also... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Edgy

See it if Act II has Jones dress in drag as his inspiring teacher. Group songs/dances and poignant. Tells his younger self to be who he is.

Don't see it if Act I drags (1 hour monologue), but stick around since Act II is very entertaining. Show runs 2 hours 15 minutes.

During previews
79
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Slow, Inconsistent

See it if You're up for a well acted though uneven meditation on self and sexual identity, time and transformation, with a great musical score.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for 3 acts; need a linear & structured plot; have no interest in gender issues or don't appreciate drag.

During previews
70
Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you are interested in new queer work.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy new work that often times takes dramaturgical turns that confuse and muddle the trajectory of the piece.

During previews
86
Ambitious, Messy, Confounding, Fantastical, Hypnotic

See it if You're game for a non-linear narrative...a fantasia on race and sexuality that is lyrical, poetic, exciting and sorta verges on overwrought.

Don't see it if You want an easy, not particularly challenging evening out at the theater. This is heady and dynamic and overblown in a sometimes good way.


October 25th, 2016
"Jones’s hearts-and-flowers-themed exploration of life and what lies beyond. This buoyantly didactic show takes gentle pains to remind us that our next breath could well be our last...This sui generis performance piece has been given a sumptuously homemade production under the direction of Will D...
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October 25th, 2016
"A luxury of theatrical overabundance. Writer-performer Daniel Alexander Jones and his ’80s soul superstar alter ego Jomama Jones are serving up a kind of gourmet tasting menu—a flight of Joneses, or Jones three ways. Each section in the evening's triptych is in a genre by itself...After many ple...
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November 7th, 2016
"'Duat' is a complicated piece whose ideas are too big to work onstage. One gets the sense that Jones and his director didn’t want to leave anything out of this overstuffed production...Jones has a scholar’s love of black art, but everything gets further confused in the second part of the show......
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October 25th, 2016
"'Duat' is a show unlike any other playing in New York...'Duat' brims with ideas, not all of them fully developed. Under the laissez-faire direction of Davis, the piece jumps between Jones' personal narrative to sections about Egyptology and pop divas...A lack of narrative clarity regularly leave...
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