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Homo Sapiens Interruptus (FringeNYC)

Homo Sapiens Interruptus (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(11 Reviews)
Members say
Intelligent, Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

About the Show

A FringeNYC Encore: Join Carlos Dengler in an intimate setting as he talks about heavy metal, human origins, and the road from pizza delivery to rockstardom.

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Member Reviews (11)

Absorbing, Funny, Original, Intelligent

See it if you would enjoy a storyteller journey through the music of the 90's and 00's, peppered with personal and scientific tidbits.

Don't see it if you just want to know how to make it into a band; this will be, potentially, in a future show...

Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in philosophy and heavy metal...and don't mind a storyteller who sits at a desk and reads from his script.

Don't see it if you're expecting a deep-dive into Dengler's life, anthropology, or philosophy...all discussed/loosely tied together, but on a basic level.

Critic Reviews (5)

August 20th, 2016

"Those expecting a tell-all memoir will be disappointed: Mr. Dengler acknowledges the influence of the Mötley Crüe biography 'The Dirt' on his behavior in Interpol, but is coy about his old shenanigans. Somewhat predictably, the narrative hangs on father issues, but Mr. Dengler is a genial raconteur, and we rarely encounter his kind of experience at the theater."
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August 17th, 2016

"Endearingly dorky and highly articulate, the bearded Dengler spends all 70 minutes seated behind a desk, employing a smattering of visual aids and often reading from his notes. But while it's low on theatrics, 'Homo Sapiens Interruptus' is high on evocative ideas. Dengler connects personal progress to the evolution of our species as he shares anecdotes both humorous and harrowing, and makes insightful points about the perpetual search for satisfaction."
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August 14th, 2016

"This solo show’s narrative, which edges at times on the overly complex, is ultimately saved by the simplicity of its telling...Much of what Dengler lacks in theatricality he makes up for in his absolute likability and writerly manner...What makes this play so worthwhile: the brilliant flashes of larger-than-life thinking, arrived at through the unpredictability of a single man’s amazing life. It’s a show that will make you think...hard."
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October 16th, 2016

"Directed with quiet introspection and deliberateness by Cole, Dengler delivers his monologue of self-discovery in a format more akin to an academic lecture than a dramatic performance...He is thoughtful and reflective, making connections between his life, the defining choices we all face, and the grand scheme of things...While the show seems a bit long...the keen intellect and acute self-awareness of Dengler’s 'Homo Sapiens Interruptus' shine brightly through it all."
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August 14th, 2016

"It is so refreshing to see a show that simply tells the story. Carlos D sits at a table and tells his compelling story of growing up a headbanger, then a philosopher and then the co-founder of the New York-based band, Interpol using the evolution of man as thread and metaphor. As a metalhead, I was easily transported to my youth...What a beautiful trip down memory lane under the guise of intellect...Open, raw, concise under the direction of Scott Slavin with light design by Leslie Smith."
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