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Karen Finley: Unicorn Gratitude Mystery

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Members say: Funny, Intelligent, Intense, Edgy, Thought-provoking

About the show

Karen Finley, a name synonymous with performance art and boundary pushing, presents the world premiere of three short works. More…

In 'Unicorn,' Finley humorously explores America's obsession with the unattainable white-horned mythical creature. Armed with a healthy dose of cynicism, 'Gratitude' finds Finley obsessing on the narcissistic tendencies that fuel contemporary gentrification. With 'Mystery,' Finley dives deep into the language, emotion, and the loss of control that can happen when we give in to our fear of the unknown.

Member Reviews (15)


Funny, Intelligent, Intense, Edgy, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Entertaining, Funny, Original, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy social commentary with a whimsical bent. There are some lovely moments but not quite as many as I had hoped for.

Don't see it if you are expecting chocolate sauce.

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like intelligent performance art.

Don't see it if You object to raunchy or political humor.

Uneven, Politically potent, Old-school performance art, Riveting

See it if you can endure a really tough, cynical, satirical, profane presentation of the state of American values both today and yesterday;

Don't see it if you are politically naive ( especially if under 40); can't face American superficiality, faults & skewed values; you believe in "magic"


See it if you are a Karen Finley fan.

Don't see it if you dislike the experimental and the avante-garde.

Also This was easily the least enjoyable show I've seen in decades. I would... Read more Read less

Overrated, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You're a Karen Finlay fanatic. I've seen (and loved) her before, but the night I saw this, it was not a focused, riviting memorable show.

Don't see it if Youre expecting another home run by her. Also, this is performance art-do not expect the usual 1 woman show. This challenges-but disappoints

Funny, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you like performance art & want to see "the Queen of Performance Art" in her new show. Finley does stream-of-consciousness like no one else.

Don't see it if you like linear text, plot or character driven performance. Or if you are a Republican.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like performance art. If over the top takes on the election entertain you. If you like Karen Findlay it is a great example of style.

Don't see it if If you like subtlety, are offended by sexual content or making fun of candidates. You find loud, over the top comedy difficult.

Also I personally am not that intrigued by this style of performance so to ... Read more Read less

Clever, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like mostly funny, intense, political is personal and personal is political standup/performance.

Don't see it if You are looking for a plot driven story, this is stand up performance. That it was mostly read from her script can be off-putting.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like-performance art-solo shows-performers taking on various roles-stand up comedy-poetry readings-political commentaries

Don't see it if you want-character development-three dimensional characters-a plot/story-an elaborate set design-an overarching theme/moral

Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if You want to experience one of the all-time great performance artists as she takes on the election and more.

Don't see it if You can't handle a sharp and unflattering critique of your candidate or don't like strong language or sexual imagery.

Ambitious, Intense, Raunchy

See it if Provocative, edgy comedy dealing with political subjects.

Don't see it if You like more mainstream entertainment and are offended or bothered by sexual topics.

Funny, Intense, Relevant, Dizzying, Hilarious

See it if You want to someone else's view of our current political climate.

Don't see it if You're not okay with profanity or if you're uncomfortable with people talking about sex.

Funny, Edgy, Great writing, Raunchy

See it if you like political performance

Don't see it if you don't like agitprop performance art

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you can think outside the box!

Don't see it if you're square!

Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if you want to experience a living legend.

Don't see it if if you aren't flexible!

August 11th, 2016
"Time has not reined in Karen Finley’s fire…Decades on, and she still has the uncanny ability to go from zero to fury in a split second…Ms. Finley can also be wickedly funny...Like the first two, the last piece makes some wild turns, touching upon the concept of blondness in Hollywood and society...
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August 23rd, 2016
"There's plenty of breakneck obscenity, but some element of shock is gone…Yet there are other surprises here, ones that emerge out of a piece that starts as chaos and coheres as it goes along. Be ready, though, the 90 minutes contains much that is discombobulated and self-indulgent…Finley has a p...
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August 2nd, 2016
"This Obie Award-winning performance artist clings to myth like she clings to her microphone, considering freedom, jewel tones, and archetypal power of the mythic figure. Juxtaposing imagery of the horned beast with the politics of the day, Karen Finley proves with 'Unicorn Gratitude Mystery' tha...
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September 16th, 2016
"Finley’s work is very retro...It's free-flowing and not always easy to follow, but that is not Finley’s intention. She is there to engage and challenge...Finley saves the best for last when she drops all the costumes, lets down her hair and reads a story/prose poem. It was this last Finley who p...
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