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My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going To Die, Eventually (2016)

From 43 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful

About the show

All for One Theater presents the world premiere of Gideon Irving's autobiographical solo show, featuring new stories and songs from his global adventures.  More…

As a theatrical couch-surfing troubadour, Gideon Irving has hopped from one town to the next on bike, Rollerblades, and automobiles, performing and sleeping in the homes of perfect strangers. Now, with his banjo Rossana under his arms, Gideon invites audiences into his own living room on the NY stage.

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Member Reviews (43)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful
83
Avg Score

80
Funny, Imaginative, Quirky, Engaging, Unusual

See it if you're open to something completely different. You don't just enter Gideon's livingroom...you enter his world. Some songs are great, not all

Don't see it if you've lost your sense of wonder. G's favorite song is by a five year old. By the end, you'll like it, too. G is funny, sweet and weird.

Also There's one bit that helps you to lose one trouble (not double trouble... Read more Read less

96
Magical-icous!, Amaz-nificant, Fun!, Life affirming, Surprising

See it if you'd enjoy a quirky multi-talented one man show. He goes from heart warming to hysterical to goofy and back again. Beautiful song & story.

Don't see it if you're going to be a drag darling. Gideon taps is joy and happiness reigns supreme. If you're not going to play along don't spoil the fun.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Absurd at times, hilarious at times, intimate at times; super creative! I kind of loved it and wasn't expecting to. A refreshing experience.

Don't see it if One man shows or tiny comedies bother you. This takes place in a sort of living room. You need an open mind and heart for this one.

70
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if Light, humorous one person variety act with songs, stories, and jokes. Good connection with the audience.

Don't see it if You would like something deeper or more intense. My mind wavered at times.

80
Quirky, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Did I say Quirky?? How about "must be seen to be believed" Off-beat troubadour/busker's quasi-existential life story on a surround-sound set

Don't see it if Either a love it or hate it experience. Could easily be cut a good 15 minutes but I'm on the loved it side; caught myself smiling alot

68
At first it's amateur hour, but gideon wins you over with a charm offensive

See it if you enjoy Gideon using every vaudevillian trick 2 entertain, singing, playing crazy instruments, doing magic, even baking cookies 4 audience

Don't see it if for much of the show you think you've landed on the Gong Show; eventually however Gideon's disarming goofiness wears you down

81
Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Gideon irving is his own special creation, +1 bonus point for the cookies

See it if You want to go on a weird & wonderful ride. You enjoy genre-bending shows: music, storytelling, performance art, games & a cookie.

Don't see it if You want a traditional theatre experience w/a structured script & a storyline. You dislike audience involvement.

Also This is an experience in the best sense of the word. It's an adventure... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining, Slow

See it if you enjoy physical humor, international folk music and audience participation. It has the most complex, best low tech set ever.

Don't see it if you value consistency. Without plot the show is a series of quasi-related songs, activities and stories. Some are amusing; some are just odd

70
Masterful, Slow

See it if The entire theater is decorated, warm cookies served, many set malfunctions deliberate. Fun show - like a "Pee Wee's Playhouse".

Don't see it if Runs quite long at almost 2 hours. Many of the songs can be cut as the actor isn't the greatest singer.

94
Go! go! go!, This is one of the most original shows you will ever see., Perfect balm for stressful times., Quirky, zany, unexpected, charming..., Gideon is insanely talented and creative.

See it if You want an utterly escapist night out. Unique and delightful, Gideon is so engaging that you will be swept up by it. Resistance is futile!

Don't see it if Don't like non-trad theater, or are not able to go along for the ride. Gideon's a truly likable soul with a big talent, bigger heart. Loved.

Also I was very stressed and not feeling well when I arrived at the theater... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky, Sweet and zany

See it if you are curious to see something different (too unique to describe here adequately) performed by a clever and engaging artist.

Don't see it if you never understood or liked Pee-wee Herman's playhouse. you prefer theater with a plot.

100
Entertaining, Enchanting, Exquisite, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You want to be entertained. You want to see something totally different and wonderful. You like a one man show. You want to laugh.

Don't see it if You are not ready for something different. You don't want to be totally entertained. You don't want to laugh. You don't like a one man show.

Also Never a dull moment during the performance. I never saw anything like ... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you appreciate unstructured, energetic, frenetic to bizarre, novel, audience-interactive solo Millennial musical comedy in a unique set

Don't see it if you need plot, structure, contextual theme and melody or have a short attention span (two hours of performance art without intermission)

83
Completely unique, Quirky, Slow, Clever

See it if You enjoy seeing something unlike anything you've ever seen before, or if you like unusual musical instruments.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show with a plot.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you appreciate humor, originality, quirkiness and charm. Take a date, take your kids, take anyone who likes to smile.

Don't see it if you want a storyline, character development or anything of substance.

76
Original, Quirky, Clever

See it if a very unique show. The show is one-of-a-kind original. A little too much physical humor for me, but interesting and fun none the less.

Don't see it if don't like a quirky show. I did not relate with some of the songs, although they were performed well.

96
Quirky, zany & creative, Delightfully entertaining, Hysterically funny

See it if you want to experience unique story telling & singing; if you love surprises; if laughter fills your soul with warmth.

Don't see it if you are looking for a standard venue and dislike even a small bit of audience interaction.

Also This experience was so much fun I would go again. Gideon is very talen... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Indulgent, Great staging, Entertaining, Unique

See it if you are interested in a really eccentric solo musical evening with a charming and very goofy host.

Don't see it if you hate solo shows with audience participation and songs that have little musical interest beyond the quirkiness of their performance.

Also It's a bit like a New York, grown-up Pee Wee's Playhouse.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You're open to a one man show that's part story telling, part performance art and all around quirky and charming. The songs are odd but fun.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for an offbeat performance. It's long but inventive and doesn't drag.

95
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You need an antidote to the current planetary heaviness and can let go and surrender to this charming raconteur/brilliant singer- musician.

Don't see it if You are too jaded to enjoy good hearted story-telling, physical comedy, great music and zany creativity for a quick and joyful two hours. GO

88
Clever, Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like theater that is different and clever... This show was quite entertaining...

Don't see it if you are looking to see something traditional...

Also Gideon is such a delight... He greets you as you walk to your seat... ... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You want hear hilarious travel and family stories while listening to various musical instruments. Wonderful staging and clever creations.

Don't see it if You don't like stand-up.

Also The Rattlestick team were incredibly friendly. Comfortable seats. Bar ... Read more Read less

88
Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful, Unusual, Fun

See it if Wow! Actually not sure what I just saw but I liked it and Gideon is amazingly talented. Probably would like it more if I had a drink before.

Don't see it if You do not like zany performance pieces-- actually you will probably still like it ( at least parts)

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see, Profound

See it if 1 of the best I've seen-but not 4 everyone! Expansive & imaginative, this guy gives you an adult fairyale for a way to live. Intimate/funny~

Don't see it if If a storyteller w/an off the hook sense of humour isn't your thing. If you're tightly wound or judgemental-and dislike audience interaction

92
Inventive, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if the most unusual and entertaining 2 hours of songs, musical instruments, gags, tricks and chocolate chip cookies. Charming. Engaging. Funny.

Don't see it if you want a traditional stand-up story telling routine.


November 21st, 2016
"A mishmash of twangy songs and stories about his mother, his friends and his travels. Other odds and ends are tossed in: jokes, audience participation, a magic trick. A few run on a little long, but there’s charm in that shagginess, and in Mr. Irving’s folksy and welcoming manner. He’s the schoo...
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November 25th, 2016
"I still don't have a handle on the project, but it doesn't matter. Gideon's profound good nature immediately draws you in and holds your attention. He is an innocent, wise troubadour with a peaceful if wildly eccentric presence...To call 'My Name is Gideon' unconventional hardly captures the ima...
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November 22nd, 2016
"‘My Name is Gideon’ has a definite shaggy-dog charm…Given his ability to earn laughs from his deadpan delivery, Irving comes across like some kind of apex of hipster humor…He is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and sometimes plain mystifying, but he has the power to hold an audience in his hand…I...
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November 22nd, 2016
"A quirky and enjoyable performance-art extravaganza…It could benefit from editing that would bring more focus to its entertaining features. There’s no great sense of profundity when it’s over but there has been a deep, communal bond between the audience and the performer…’My Name Is Gideon: I’m ...
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