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For the Last Time

Members say: Confusing, Entertaining, Banal, Dated, Overrated
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Critics
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5 reviews
Members
72
2 reviews
 

Backed by an 8-piece jazz ensemble and featuring an African-American cast of rising stars, this Jazz Age musical follows four young New Orleans artists who become friends and lovers.

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'For the Last Time' is inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel 'The Marble Faun.' In 1950’s New Orleans, four artists create an Eden of music and art. But the past forces its way into their lives, and an act of passion changes everything.

 

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Reviews (7)

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74
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60
The New York Times

"There must be less likely sources for a jazz musical, but Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel 'The Marble Faun,' from 1860, seems pretty improbable. Hawthorne’s tale is ultimately satisfying. The show is not. Maybe 'The Marble Faun' wouldn’t be such an odd source for a musical if the borrowing were more judicious." Full Review

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Stage Buddy

"With atypical musical styles and relationships that go far beyond a traditional love plot, the musical’s high ambitions result in a few stumbles. This talented cast and wonderful production, however, ensure that its emotional tale of how we contend with our own consequences ultimately prevails." Full Review

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Beauty News NYC

"While I enjoyed the torch songs, band and strong performances, some of the score and book are a bit repetitive and not exactly the jambalaya that leaves you wanting more. Hawthorne’s 1860 novel sends home the strict message of decadence, secrets and sin in the eyes of religion. Like jazz music 'For The Last Time' is a little less structured and much more vague." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"The one thing missing from the show is its spontaneity and rare, 'caught' moments that represent Jazz...This is still a show worth seeing for its exuberant use of music, its beautiful orchestrations, layered set, and lastly, its intention of storytelling. It truly is a new show for an old canon. Although it doesn’t quite knock it out of the park, the musical gives you a pleasurable evening in the bayou." Full Review

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New York Theatre Guide

"The plot is a rich fabric of love and tragedy, Carnival and art, passion, loss and finding oneself...'For The Last Time' is definitely a production worth seeing. The richness of the text along with the extremely talented ensemble of performers make for a wonderful evening of theatre. There is comedy, the quest for love, superb singing, and relatable themes we can apply to everyday life." Full Review

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72
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73
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Dated

See it if Want to be bored

Don't see it if You can't sit thru banal shows

67
Entertaining

See it if It was a great show

Don't see it if You have a free night out