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Interludes: A New (Orleans) Play (FringeNYC)

Members say: Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Funny
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Part of FringeNYC: Violence, passion and faith catapult twelve uniquely spirited characters through the chaos of life (and death) in The City That Care Forgot. Pure, honest and as heart-warming as it is heart-breaking, Interludes reminds us what's worth dying for is worth living for.

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Categories: Solo Show, Drama, Local. Written by Claire Christine Sargenti, Music by Darrell Smith. Directed by Diana Shortez.

FROM THE ARTIST:
INTERLUDES: A New (Orleans) Play is a solo show written and performed by Claire Christine Sargenti with original jazz music composed by Darrell Smith and performed by the 8 piece Interludes Jazz Orchestra. Violence, passion, and faith catapult 12 uniquely spirited characters on a unifying journey through the chaos of life (and death) in the City That Care Forgot. Pure, honest, and as heart-warming as it is heart-breaking, Interludes reminds us that what’s worth dying for is also worth living for.

 

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75
Theater In The Now

"From musicians to preachers, Sargenti portrays the passionate people with big easiness. She allows her story to unravel slowly. It's not until quite late that the connections truly come to light...As a performer, Sargenti lives in subtleties...Moving forward, finding a bit more differentiation will be greatly advantageous...The pulse of 'Interludes' is the live band that accompanies Sargenti. It’s a brilliant addition, setting the piece apart from the rest." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"Sargenti crafts a colorful cast of personalities, shifting between ages, genders, and classes in each new monologue. Her words are poetic and clever, and for the most part she is a decent performer to watch...While alluding to violence and tragedy throughout the city’s history, 'Interludes' maintains a playful atmosphere and continually surprises as each character’s fortune unfolds." Full Review

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Vanguard Culture

for a previous production "One of the best spoken word acts was that of Claire Christine Sargenti who wrote 'Interludes,' a piece that surely deserves its own podcast. Sargenti interwove the stories of 12 disparate characters from a priest to pole dancer to the characters in between, changing voices and small costume details with impressive dexterity. So compelling was the story, that when Sargenti hit its tragic climax, the audience sat in shock for a moment before she whipped them around for the finale." Full Review

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San Diego Story

for a previous production "Some narratives are independent monologues, while others connect in grimly devastating ways. Death hangs over the show from the very beginning, and Sargenti does not shy away from examining how losing a loved one can disturbingly impact one’s existence. Yet, Sargenti spends just as much time showcasing the beauty of life…A touchingly soulful experience." Full Review

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71
Confusing, Cliched, Great music, Well intended, Weak performer

See it if you love New Orleans jazz. The high spirited musicians are marvelous. There is a thin story.

Don't see it if you expect a fully realized show. The performer changes characters by changing accessories but does not really inhabit her characters.

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Disappointing

See it if not sure what to say here

Don't see it if Way to early in her career to be attempting a one woman show

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Great music

See it if You love an edgy show with great music and one talented woman playing a vast range of characters.

Don't see it if You want to see a happy show.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Great music

See it if You love an edgy show with great music and one talented woman playing a vast range of characters.

Don't see it if You're looking for a happy show.

87
Original, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You have experienced Nawlins and want to see if you met the people depicted. also see it if you like jazz and a little story telling.

Don't see it if Never dreamed of visiting New Orleans. Don't have an hour to dream a bit.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want to see a well written play with terrific acting and Jazz music. The best show I saw at the Fringe Festival this year.

Don't see it if You like fluff or don't like Jazz

50
Original, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You like good New Orleans style jazz and a cash bar

Don't see it if You want to see something that could be produced anywhere except Fringe

100
Enchanting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You love great music You love a great story

Don't see it if you want multiple characters from multiple actors

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if I thought it had so much interwoven circumstances and a really interesting story

Don't see it if If profanity offends you

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like characters and monologues. You love Jazz and New Orleans. You've ever wanted to go to a palm reader or made a voodoo doll.

Don't see it if You thought it was a musical, hate New Orleans.

100
Original, Enchanting, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You want to be challenged, entertained, inspired, and above all, if you feel the need to empathize with your fellow man.

Don't see it if You prefer more commercial style theatre. Or if you prefer shows with a more linear story and conventional plot.

100
Funny, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You love smart funny entertainment that you'll be thinking about days after the performance. If you love great writing, acting & jazz music!

Don't see it if You only like G rated material.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you want great writing and acting. This is a gripping play & doesn't feel like a 1 person show. You will be talking about it for days after

Don't see it if you want a mindless comedy. Sargenti grabs you at the start and doesn't let go. She has created great characters that you won't soon forget

98
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Must see

See it if you want a rollercoaster ride into the soul of New Orleans and meet some of the unforgettable locals. Live jazz music adds to vibe,

Don't see it if you like sweet, fairy tale stories. Only see it if you like real life characters..

100
Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you love New Orleans, life, theater, great stories, jazz music, being a human, know what it's like to lose someone, to love someone

Don't see it if you don't want to appreciate life

98
Funny, Edgy, Profound, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate great talent. The actor/writer was amazing, as was the live jazz music! The best solo show I've ever seen for sure!

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows

99
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you want to feel your feelings, you want to see something totally new that you've never seen before, you want your mind blown (!!)

Don't see it if you want to see a Broadway musical with lots of girls dancing in sequins... cause there's only one girl. But she rocked it!!

99
Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you love great music, great writing, great acting, great theater that makes you look at your life in a new way. If you love to travel.

Don't see it if you want mindless entertainment

99
Funny, Clever, Intense, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like fast paced, tragic but funny theater that makes you think. And a really great actress who changes characters quickly and seamlessly

Don't see it if you are offended by swearing or the word "vagina"

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You live theater, and good intertwined stories

Don't see it if You are too religious and have a strong opinion on sex drugs and murder.

99
Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Outstanding

See it if you want to see something fresh, funny, touching and brilliant.

Don't see it if Don't see it? Can't say I can think of any reason not to unless your tastes run contrary to a little bar room talk.

78
Original, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to want to see a great one-women show changing characters instantly

Don't see it if you're more into large stage plays