“The stunning music, Cohen’s lovely, poetic dialogue, and Afton’s breathtaking vocalizations, were skillfully integrated, flowing from words to notes to the hearts of the audience...Afton’s part...could easily stand on its own as a song cycle in a concert...Had the men been integrated into the plot a little sooner, it would not have seemed quite so jarring...That said, the two men were extremely effective...A lovely, thought-provoking production.” Full Review
"All three actors in 'Midnight Street' offer very capable performances, but unfortunately, the script is too thin and underdeveloped to allow them to shine. None of the characters have any depth or dimension...Clearly, 'Midnight Street' is not trying to offer a realistic depiction of what it means to be a prostitute. But if not, then why this story and these characters? We don't ever learn. I have to wonder what compelled Cohen to romanticize prostitution in the year 2019." Full Review
"'Midnight Street’ follows the prostitute Danielle through an hour of an essentially glorified, convoluted monologue...The musical simply does not address what its message or purpose or characters truly are, leaving audiences to scratch their heads and bolt from the theater unassuming of any larger meaning or impressions...An amalgamation of caricatures, poetic meanderings, and pretentious language with confusing symbolism—a bold but perplexing flop.” Full Review
"Cohen is clearly an intelligent, well-read man, familiar with the twists and turns of different periods and styles. 'Midnight Street' is chock full of ideas, poetic meanderings and some worthwhile melodies but just doesn't add up. His direction can't overcome the pretentious language and heavy-handed symbolism. Only a Lotte Lenya or, perhaps, a Patti LuPone might have given Mr. Cohen's songs the right gravity, not to mention finding sense where none exists." Full Review
"This is not a musical, but a cabaret with some beat poetry...We have the main character, a prostitute played by Emily Afton, who sings well, but has no acting skills. Every song sounds the same...The seventy minutes of this show seemed like two hours and sadly there is nothing to recommend it." Full Review
"Danielle…rambles on in…artificially inflated prose, sometimes bordering on abstraction, talking about her disillusion with men, her use of her body to make money, her attraction to women…Barely any narrative is expressed as Danielle goes on and on, valiantly singing one instantly forgettable song after the other…sometimes screeching the high notes…Half the time it's hard to figure out what anyone is talking about or to accept anyone as being human enough to care." Full Review
See it if If you know/support a cast member? Setup: shallow fem. prostitute singing banal songs; 2 harassing thugs; random vile rant on Jewish faith.
Don't see it if Just don't. Disjointed & distasteful in every way; lyrics lame & sounding underrehearsed; characters utterly dislikable. Actors seem pained.
See it if you don't mind an extremely slow-moving musical/drama with decent singing and a pointless story.
Don't see it if you're expecting a decent story with good performances, and at a fast pace
See it if You want to see a short, amateurish show in a nice venue with actors who tried hard.
Don't see it if You want to see a meaningful, well done off-Broadway show which this is not
See it if NY pro sings laments of disappointed love refrains. Backing her are rabbi ("I'm spiritual, I care") and anti-Semitic off-key black marine.
Don't see it if Too many similes. Plenty of anti-Semitic diatribes courtesy of the untalented Jewish playwright and director, Arnie Cohen. Don't stay up.
Also "Like all the yesteryears that never were." Don't support hate.
See it if You do not care what kind of performance you are seeing. If a story does not be any good. If over smiles and to many words attract you.
Don't see it if If you like singing that is on key or if you want a good coherent plot line. Story throws up a lot of varied non essential things.
See it if Show really is a score of 30, however, I feel really badly for everyone. This is just like the creators other two shows.
Don't see it if Themes include prostitution, anti-semitism, lesbianism, violence and disparaging woman. Performances where not even. Music had limited range
See it if An all around terrible show. 70 minutes that I will never get back. Lyrics and story didn't make sense...terrible script..just terrible...
Don't see it if Not worth seeing unless you have a friend involved in the production and they paid you generously to sit through this painful production.
See it if Really no reason to see it, only if you like to hear repetitive thoughts of a prostitute
Don't see it if Not recommended at all to see
Also I could not wait for the "musical" to end.
See it if No, don't see it. At times it seemed as though the singers (especially the woman) were making up the songs on the spot.
Don't see it if you're looking for a cohesive story line and songs that advance the plot. Only 70 minutes, but it seemed much longer. Much longer.
See it if you know the playwright. I hardly ever give negative scores and feel for the actors who tried but at times it seemed off-key. Bad writing.
Don't see it if you have anything better to do.
See it if you like a show that is very confusing. There seemed to be a few themes with no connection. Good singing by actress.
Don't see it if you do not like intense anti semitic and anti Christian rant by the two male characters. What a waste of my 70 minutes.
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