Fusiform Gyrus: A Septet for Two Scientists & Five Horns
Fusiform Gyrus: A Septet for Two Scientists & Five Horns

Fusiform Gyrus: A Septet for Two Scientists & Five Horns NYC Reviews and Tickets

(5 Ratings)
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Delightful, Quirky, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

About the Show

In Talking Band’s new music-theater work, big ideas bump up against big sound. Five brassy horns and two eccentric scientists leapfrog from epiphany to epiphany.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (5)

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800 Reviews | 252 Followers
Quirky, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful, Clever

See it if Playful friendship has its ups and downs but mostly just fun. Clever birthday riddle for the audience. Creative music.

Don't see it if Half performance art, half comedic play. Not a traditional narrative. Bogs down a little at times but then out comes something unexpected.

21 Reviews | 7 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You are open to a group known for original and clever productions. Always relevant in a subtle way. The brass add a whole set of characters.

Don't see it if You are a philistine; be adventurous; try it for thought-provoking entertainment that works. I feared so much brass, but not overpowering.

44 Reviews | 10 Followers
Delightful, Confusing, Quirky, Refreshing, Great music

See it if You like experimental theatre or brass bands.

Don't see it if You need a play where everything is explained to you or you don't do well with noise. Loud instruments in small space.

Also I'd be lying if I said I understood even half of what was happening, but I really, really enjoyed this. The acting was terrific and the five-piece brass band was incredible. The two actors were very funny and the material was perfectly pitched. Super fun.

1 Review | 0 Followers
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if if you're open minded and ready to see the unexpected.

Don't see it if if you like predictable theater.

683 Reviews | 161 Followers
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Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you want to experience an innovative mix of science & theater, of play & music, or are concerned with how human knowledge is passed on.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play that is a succession of recognizable, real-life situations.

Also I've seen many pieces from the Talking Band over the past few decades, & this one is in the top tier. Eileen Maddow's script is sharp & lean, & her music (scored for 5 horns, & 5 fine horn players who at times overrun the small downstairs playing space at HERE so they can interact with the actors) is lively & an apt accompaniment to the various onstage happenings. How good to report that the veteran actors -- Tom Nelis & Paul Zimet -- are playing at the top of their game, dancing, singing, declaiming, debating, entertaining. The piece deals poignantly with friendship & science. But its biggest risk is to dare to wonder: Am I too old to be useful? (You'll have to see the show to find out the answer to that one!)

Critic Reviews (4)

Theatre is Easy
February 24th, 2018

"A thought-provoking blend of music, science, and human nature...Their eccentricity and rapid fire dialogue, as well as the play's repetitive pattern, recalls a Stoppard play influenced by Sondheim’s use of musical phrases and Dada poetry. Despite the doctoral-level vocabulary and highly intellectual discussions, the plot is relatively simple...In an age where the validity of science is constantly threatened by ignorance in power, 'Fusiform Gyrus' is certainly a breath of fresh, optimistic air."
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Stage Buddy
February 26th, 2018

"A production that is imaginatively staged...Performances by Nelis and Zimet are proof that veterans of the form can make a meal out of even thinly drawn characters, introducing the audience to worlds that are not on the page...Maddow has constructed a risky work, exemplary of the history and mission of 'The Talking Band.' Luckily, she has a director like Heyman at her side who handles the challenge with remarkable skill and innovation."
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Off Off Online
February 17th, 2018

"It’s a reckless and even fun adventure...A meditation on life, death, and everything in between...Maddow’s writing is erudite but never dry. It has a cyclical form that, at times, deconstructs ideas and builds on them so that a dense idea is picked apart like a thread...The many absurd and hilarious moments in the play don’t upstage the deeper reflections...A magic carpet ride of intellectual discovery."
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February 14th, 2018

"Glories in its details and takes its time getting to its destination...Nelis and Zimet are each splendid actors, but it's when they engage with one another that the play comes alive. Their energy is infectious...Politically timely, but never feels like it's lecturing the audience or pushing a political agenda...Some audiences may not be easily won over...However, those who are willing to relax and absorb the sights and sounds around them...are in for an evening of joy and insight."
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