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Jack of Hearts, Master of None

From 1 critic and 70 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining

About the show

Mind the Art Entertainment presents the world premiere of this modern operetta about a chronic gambler and the seven women who shaped his life. More…

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.

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

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.

Good orchestrations, Exquisite, Edgy

See it if good directing with a minimalist take on relationships / strong performers / perfect orchestrations

Don't see it if you dislike basement theatres

Also perfectly executed piece

Absorbing, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You want to see an honest minimalist production with a star in the making performance from a young actress.

Don't see it if You think relationships are easy and fun.

Absorbing, Great writing, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking for the best undiscovered new score of the season.

Don't see it if You dislike material that asks you to really reflect on your own life.

Clever, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if you might like a well produced and executed hybrid between a highly original operetta (in English) and a very dark Sondheim musical.

Don't see it if you will be put off by the music director's requiring the talented dramatic singers to distort their very nice voices at the end of duets.

Great singing, Great writing, Riveting, Relevant, Creative

See it if You want to see what indecision looks like over the course of one's life. Acting, singing, and instrumentation were well choreographed.

Don't see it if You don't want a somber and sober (yet booze-filled) approach to the pursuit of love to rip you away from the land of make-believe

Delightful, Clever, Entertaining

See it if What 90 minutes of joy.

Don't see it if n/a

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging, Intense

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.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great singing, Intense

See it if you like wonderful operetta singing in an original setting. The singing was lusty, penetrating and was truly phenomenal .

Don't see it if you do not like operettas or if you are a prude.

Also Charly Dennis will clearly be a famous actor some day. She is so sexy ... Read more Read less

Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to see an extremely talented cast of two light up the stage with a terrific score & Great musical accompaniment.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy clever operettas with some profanity or like a show with a full ensemble & elaborate sets.

Also Quite ennoyable, but a little confusing with the girl playing multiple... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing, Great orchestrations, Intense

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

Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great singing, very talented actors/singers, and are comfortable in a very intiaste setting.

Don't see it if you are expecting something uplifting or even happy - it is a very dark piece

Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if .... you have any interest in somewhat unusual musical drama (be it opera or musicals). It's a new approach to the medium; well executed.

Don't see it if ... you don't like sung-through drama or plays with only two actors.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Intense

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

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

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.

Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Romantic, Intense

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.

Ambitious, Refreshing, Absorbing

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.

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

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

Great acting, Great singing, Edgy, 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

Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a small show with great music. I enjoyed the lyrics and word play. The music and singing were very high in quality.

Don't see it if You need a lot of plot. You see a lot of one scene relationships. Months and years zoom by without character development, just more scenes.

Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent

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

Clever, Great singing, Confusing, Intelligent, Relevant

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

Intelligent, Intense, Romantic, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You want to see a strong female lead sing the score with a fierce, theatrical energy.

Don't see it if You need to see a production in its final stages in which everything has been worked out.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, 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.

Absorbing, Great singing, Edgy, Entertaining, Great music

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.

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