Holden NYC Reviews and Tickets

59%
(10 Reviews)
Positive
40%
Mixed
20%
Negative
40%
Members say
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Relevant, Absorbing

About the Show

George & Co. presents a tragicomic piece which plumbs a darker dimension of J.D. Salinger’s iconic novel, 'The Catcher in the Rye.'

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Member Reviews (10)

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48
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Pretentious, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy spending 90 minutes trying to figure out what you are watching and why ! You don't mind pretentious drivel mascarading as art !

Don't see it if You are expecting a well thought out new way of appreciating and looking at A Catcher in the Rye. Very loud sounds of gun shots throughout !

75
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you are concerned about violence and can appreciate a intelligent dialogue of how people justify their awful actions.

Don't see it if you need to care about the characters and prefer to immerse yourself in a story.

Critic Reviews (13)

BroadwayWorld
January 11th, 2017

“What George creates by encompassing not only the facts of Salinger's life, but of those affected by him, is brilliant…There is so much about this show that requires extreme recognition of detail and sticking to the facts while also just letting loose and allowing almost animalistic instincts to take over, all of which these actors understand…It is truly a wonderful, unique experience that brings theater to its finest element and will undoubtedly give us something worthwhile to think about."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 8th, 2017

"Anisa George's solid direction and the tight-knit cast keep us fully engaged. Even a tangential discussion about the Hindu epic 'Bhagavad Gita' fits well into the overall structure, and mostly the play maintains a balance between the darkly comic and darkly violent. It only loses its footing when, towards the end, the examination of violence takes over completely, and we are paying more attention to the interloper Zev than we are to Salinger."
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Theatre is Easy
January 11th, 2017

"Absurdly compelling writing-wise, performance-wise, design-wise, and idea-wise…The aspect of the writing for which I commend George the most is her ability to create humanity in assassins, to show us depictions of real, sympathetic human beings…What is equally frustrating and exactly perfect about 'Holden' is that it does not try to simplify or bluntly state its point; it knows it is dealing with complicated ideas, and it seems almost to take pleasure in complicating them even more."
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Stage Buddy
January 16th, 2017

"For a long time, I’ve been obsessed with J.D. Salinger...For someone like me, the exploration of the myth and the man in 'Holden' is compelling...On the rare occasion, the production loses its precise grounding...Make no mistake about it, this is a polished work, one undoubtedly other critics will deem 'relevant'...It is a familiar story to us, part of the document of American life, documented and seen so often, and yet so rarely truly confronted."
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Theater In The Now
January 9th, 2017

"With Anisa George serving as the creator and director, 'Holden' was a mark of a singular vision. For the most part, her consistency in creating her world followed through but there were moments you wished a trimming or two would occur...As it stands now, the balance is off kilter causing the piece to be unintentionally slow moving, even during those bursts of excitement...The characters were well lived in. They moved independently of one another yet had a cohesive bond."
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Daily Beast
January 10th, 2017

"Part of the humor of the play is to watch this spirit-trio try to influence Salinger from within…The choice of the two assassins is intriguing…In this telling, Salinger is not just his own tortured recluse, but with these other notorious presences becomes a kind of caged embodiment of a fractured America…If the book that made the title character famous has a golden sheen of youth and wizened romance about it, this strange, stunning play has anything but."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
January 7th, 2017

"The current remount of George & Co.’s critically-acclaimed 'Holden' is as relevant and unnerving now as it was then...The intense tragicomedy interweaves fact and fiction, fantasy and absurdity, in its exploration of the psychopathy of violence...Across the board, the characterizations are indelible. The outstanding cast and direction are supported by an effective design...We should all take heed of the timely messages inherent in 'Holden,' which are masterfully delivered by George & Co."
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BlogCritics.org
January 11th, 2017

"A fascinating if sometimes baffling exercise...Those first two-thirds are riveting...After that the action sags, the pacing loosens. It seems as if George & Co. weren’t sure how to bring things to a close...Still, if you have some tolerance for the avant-garde and the unexplained, 'Holden' will be well worth your time. The actors and creative team have put their heart, soul, and blood into a powerful imaginative portrait of the psyche of one of literature’s most fascinating characters. "
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T
January 9th, 2017

"The cast is strong and deliver compelling performances with fantastic relationships. The humor is dark yet laser-sharp, physical timing is impeccable, and the specificity of intention is clear in the actors’ performances...The solid technique in both performance and design are undermined by the lack of specificity in the circumstances surrounding the killers’ captivity, leading one to lose connection with the moment at hand to ponder the greater logistics of the conceit."
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The New York Times
August 6th, 2015
For a previous production

"Mr. Scammell is not alone in his compelling and charismatic performance. The entire production is sturdily wrought, and if the many threads Ms. George ambitiously tries to weave don’t always come together, they nonetheless hold you in a disturbing grip. The impossible conceit of her play is ultimately easier to swallow than the impossible actions with which she, and we, try to grapple."
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T
August 6th, 2015
For a previous production

"Ms. George and the ensemble cast have concocted an engaging theatre piece...Under Ms. George’s meticulous direction, the ensemble cast delivers remarkable and memorable performances that transfix and transform the audience and deliver them to the doorstep of perhaps life-altering decisions...Dharma, duty, maya, and illusion are themes relevant to 'Holden's' expansive umbrella of important, redemptive, and cathartic themes."
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Broad Street Review
October 19th, 2015
For a previous production

"The staging is expert, with subtle costumes, atmospheric lighting, and adventurous sound design, in addition to Benacerraf's scenic design...Overall, though, we witness a condition more than a story. Salinger keeps his demons in check while writing and storing his output in a safe, an uneasy coexistence that doesn't explain or illuminate his major work's toxic influence on a few people."
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Philadelphia Inquirer
October 12th, 2015
For a previous production

"It's a cerebral 90 minutes that may have you checking your watch now and then but has provocative things to say, even in its fundamental ambiguity. 'Holden' walks a line between being a speculative dissection of the Salinger psyche and some Sartre-esque purgatory...The three spar like aging frat boys...Mostly, they keep this intriguingly amorphous conceit aloft, aided by a functional set and supportive direction. The ensemble is a good, appropriately seedy, highly physical bunch."
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