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Jack of Hearts, Master of None

Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Ambitious
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Mind the Art Entertainment presents the world premiere of this modern operetta about a chronic gambler and the seven women who shaped his life.

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Seen through the lens of the seven deadly sins, this twisted take on an all-too-familiar tale follows an obsessive search for perfection over a span 40 years, and examines the pieces that remain in the journey's wake.

 


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80
Manhattan With a Twist

"We are with Jack through each and every beat, wincing from the first note. Engrossed. Hypnotized. Playing Jack is none other than Aaron Ramey, who instills the nuances and the charm such a character needs…The direction by Brian Freeland merged excellently with De Gre’s aesthetic…This generates some powerful visuals to accompany the exquisite music…The play is a transitional play from an author reaching a new level of maturity. And as such, some moments are not as strong as others." Full Review

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75
Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you think you might enjoy an off-the-beaten-path approach to musical theater with engaging music.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with a clear plot with rising action leading to a climax.

Also "Jack of Hearts, Master of None" is an ambitious, mostly enjoyable sho... Read more Read less

84
Great acting, Intelligent, Romantic, Great singing, Totally absorbing

See it if You enjoy something a bit different. This is a wonderful production.

Don't see it if You are not interested in an operetta performed by a cast of two extremely talented singers.

80
Edgy, Great acting, Great singing, Great costuming, Great makeup

See it if you like operettas (sung in English), a Gothic visual style (very cool costuming and makeup)

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are only 2 people, you have kids, you want something light and fluffy, or you don't like operettas

70
Intense, Confusing, Great singing, Uneven, Nice score

See it if You like intimate, minimalist, sung-through musicals; you want to hear some lovely voices sing a lush new score

Don't see it if You're expecting something large-scale; you want something uplifting; you need to care about the characters to enjoy a show

Also The female lead is dynamic and phenomenal in her many roles, while the... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Great singing, Great orchestrations

See it if You're up for an intense, tightly focused, non-stop 80 minute operetta performance by two terrific singers & gorgeous, textured arrangements

Don't see it if You dislike operetta or have expectations. Jack is a noble & mostly successful experiment that needs tightening & plot clarification. But go

Also Though billed as an operetta, Jack of Hearts is really more opera than... Read more Read less

70
Confusing, Slow, Great singing

See it if you like new operettas and don't mind non-linear plot

Don't see it if covering decades of timeline with one actress playing countless characters all in 80 minutes would confuse you

93
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if What 90 minutes of joy.

Don't see it if n/a

93
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intense, Great singing, Great staging

See it if A two-handed involving expansive operetta by brilliant performers is in your interest zone.

Don't see it if If you have trouble following and understanding complicated and intensive lyrics covering numerous characters through decades.

79
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you like sung-thru musicals with 1 extaordinary performance (f lead) and 1 well sung (m) in a cynical take on the rom life of a cad & 7 fem.

Don't see it if You would be uncomfotable skipping back and forth in time or have a deaf ear to beautiful score, good lyrics.

Also Not for those who prefer happy endings or always bet on love winning o... Read more Read less

73
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy good music and lyrics. The female lead is great.

Don't see it if you need to care about the characters. The main character is a lout and unsympathetic.

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing

See it if insightful, dark, and profound. I was very impressed with Charly Dannis .She was flawless while playing seven different characters. See it!

Don't see it if you are looking for a comedy, or something fluffy. This show is thought provoking

70
Female lead is fantastic, "jack" is stiff and dull., Score is solid and good, as is the musical talent of cast and orchestra., Minimal set and costumes effective, lighting is excellent., Cast never leaves the stage and sings for 80 mins, no break.

See it if An operetta of womanizing cad interests you & you're ok with a single set/2-hander. The music is good, but the script's weak and wandering.

Don't see it if Not in the mood for a story w little uplift/redemption, get fidgety, can't focus on story that is sung-through, want a traditional musical.

Also I'm a little flummoxed here. The woman was a genuinely good actor and ... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Delightful, Confusing, Cliched, Great music

See it if you like operettas (I do!). The music is grand, the singing is accomplished, and the story is emotionally stirring, if predictable.

Don't see it if You don't like two-hander, sung-through musicals, or a show that focuses more on music than plot. Heavy drinking and cheating upsets you.

Also The songs veer from engaging and poignant to samey and cliched. The sh... Read more Read less

63
Excellent singers, Trite libreto, Circuitous story

See it if An operetta of a self-pitying womanizer, a boring game of cards & booze interests you; you like excellent singers no matter what they sing

Don't see it if if you're bothered by a play that can't make it's mind up what era it's in (1880s costumes, 1920s morality, modern day lyrics)

Also "Jack" can't make his mind up what era it's in: costumes suggest 1880s... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Dramatic and sad story told in operatta style, if you enjoy drama and great staging & presentation along with wonderful singing, see it

Don't see it if Small venues with the action right on top of, really grasping for reasons here as I can't really think of a reason not t see it

75
Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Great singing, Operetta

See it if Spectacular singing & amazing female lead. Operetta which would have been better as a one act. Interestingly done w/good production values.

Don't see it if Two person cast not enough to hold your interest. Very confusing back & forth w/time & characters. Cast needs to be enlarged & play edited.

78
Great singing, Interesting staging, Wonderful musicians

See it if Like musicals but not long drawn out operas.

Don't see it if If you object to a two person show and prefer grand opera

79
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy alternative musical experiences; excellent singing; small, intimate theaters; lovely music and lyrics; an intelligent plot.

Don't see it if you love Broadway musicals above all else; you hated Fun Home, Dear Evan Hansen, operettas of any kind; dislike small minimalist shows.

82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You want to see musicals. The singers are really great. I mean, sing-through and non-stop.

Don't see it if You want to see a modern and fun story. This one is emotional and intense. In addition, some singings are a little repetitive.

69
Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing, Simplistic

See it if Good singers performing simple lyrics. Lots of imbibing.

Don't see it if Sometimes raunchy lyrics and copious amounts of alcohol

70
Clever, Refreshing, Romantic, Slow, Great music

See it if you enjoy new-style musicals with a tight focus and story. If you don't connect with the story of relationships here there's not much else.

Don't see it if you prefer big shows with a lot of action or scope.

79
Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining, Great music, Great singing

See it if You want to see something different. You want to hear great singing and fantastic music. You want to hear about failed relationships.

Don't see it if You don't like a small production. You don't like live music playing the score to this play. You want to see something upbeat.

98
Ambitious, Clever, Intense, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You want to see a two person musical/operetta that is honest, insightful, engaging and packs a punch. Singers are incredibly gifted.

Don't see it if You dislike operettas or are expecting a big dance musical. Exceptional music though male lead reads restrained or seems reluctant.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if I got somewhat lost in half a dozen or so characters played by the female lead but this was still quite enjoyable. Very intimate staging.

Don't see it if you expect something along the lines of The Merry Widow. This is a darker piece performed by only two singers. The score is unremarkable.

80
Clever, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You enjoy operettas and a dark compelling journey through a man's flawed life. Great singing and acting!

Don't see it if You don't like small productions without flashy sets. Or two actor shows where multiple rolls are portrayed