Already closed | 2h 10m | West Village

New York Animals

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Original, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

About the show

New Ohio & Bedlam present a world premiere that weaves together the comedic and tragic stories of 21 New Yorkers as their lives intersect during a rainy Manhattan day. More…

From an East Village diner to a Park Avenue penthouse, four actors playing twenty-one different characters deal with love, sex, money and impossible relationships. It's just another rainy day in New York City, played to a live new soundtrack by Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater, the lyricist for 'Spring Awakening.'

2h 10m | Already closed | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (35)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Original, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting
73
Avg Score

55
Disjointed, Unfocused, Disappointing, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you enjoy being in the middle of the action (NYA is performed thru-out the room's cabaret) and love Bacharach (well sung by Jo Lampert!)

Don't see it if you want insightful sketches about NYers. With millions of stories to choose from, how do you get such unilluminating material?

77
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Original, Terrific music

See it if you want to hear Jo Lampert's stunning vocals plus tunes by Bacharach and Sater. You want to witness Susannah Millonzi's star-making turn.

Don't see it if you need a strong, cohesive book.

45
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to hear about two good songs and are willing to sit through two and a half hours to do so.

Don't see it if you have no patience for cliche.

62
Great acting, Great staging, Cliched, Indulgent, Uncomfortable

See it if you can forgive a uninteresting script to enjoy strong performances, clever staging and good music.

Don't see it if you have had enough of self-absorbed and annoying characters in your daily life or if you've sworn never to sit in cabaret chairs again.

70
Original, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Edgy

See it if you enjoy a non-traditional stage setting and great music.

Don't see it if you want a plot heavy story line.

75
Clever, Dated, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Jo Lampert (and her voice and her haircut and her outfits and her earrings) is astonishingly charismatic and talented. A real find.

Don't see it if I think Bedlam is one of the most brilliant theater companies in NYC but this is a rare misfire from them. Less then the sum of its parts

74
Entertaining, Great writing, Must see

See it if yo

Don't see it if yp

87
Great acting, Great staging, Original, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You like great acting and creative staging in an intimate space.

Don't see it if You dont like theatrical pieces where all the facets of a show don't easily fit together.

100
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Innovative, Mind-expanding

See it if You like provocative theater. Great for a first date, or the twenty-first date!

Don't see it if you only like conventional theater

85
Ambitious, Cliched, Dated, Great acting, Quirky

See it if Fun, sultry music and an ambitious range of performances from small number of actors (all in a suave atmosphere) suits you.

Don't see it if You like clearly defined plots or get squeamish with actors breaking the 4th wall.

85
Cliched, Ambitious, Good acting, Loose ends, Great staging

See it if you enjoy solid actors playing multiple roles, watching various plot lines weave together, cabaret-style theater, and a jazzy lead singer

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot or script, you feel uncomfortable with sitting in the stage, or you want a fresh perspective on NYC free of tropes

80
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like the music of Burt Bacharach

Don't see it if You don't like the cast appearing among you

90
Absorbing, Banal, Epic, Masterful

See it if You like New York

Don't see it if You don't like music

70
Clever, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You love really intimate minimal but imaginative staging.talent was really good.

Don't see it if You're looking for a full blown story . these are sketches of NY moments with cabaret style Burt Bacharach interludes that feel a bit disjoi

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched, Ambitious, Fabulous singing

See it if you enjoy Bacharach music. wonderfully melodic songs beautifully sung by Jo Lampert; hard-working, talented actors. Good band and bandleader

Don't see it if you want something very traditional

86
Clever, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you're interested in the intersection of music and theater; a new type of show where music is part of the acting, and vice versa.

Don't see it if You're not interested in original work on the frontier of a new kind of theater. This is an original show; if you want traditional, don't go

85
Quirky

See it if you enjoy intimate theatre settings and actors who portray multiple characters within a single show.

Don't see it if you don't like to fourth wall to be broken (actors will talk to you, put things on your table, etc).

87
Ambitious, Cliched, Great staging, Dated, Clever

See it if you want to experience great performances by a strong cast.

Don't see it if following one actor as multiple characters is difficult or cliched character tropes of 90's New Yorkers hurts your soul

44
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you really need a night out and have time and money to burn.

Don't see it if you're looking for a developed show or for Bacharach music, download his greatest hits and listen to that instead, it'll save you time & $.

During previews
65
Entertaining, Slow, Confusing, Original

See it if you like an intimate space, jazz/r&b fused music, & unconventional staging & storytelling.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to wait for the payoff or an complicated plot that doesn't have a big enough payoff.

During previews
64
Indulgent, Inane, Slow, Tuneful, Immersive

See it if the prospect of having Bacharach back with strong new tunes scintillatingly presented in an exquisite setting makes you purr with pleasure.

Don't see it if the tame book of cliched urban situations stretched out to 2&1/2 hrs will bring out the animal in you. There's nothing meaty on these bones.

During previews
70
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you like extraordinary talented group of actors/singers/musicians in a cabaret setting

Don't see it if you want to be uplifted: If you don't like dark skits about lonely people and everything wrong with the living in the city

During previews
90
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy intimate theatre. The skillful blending of the songs with the scenes and the musicians' and actors' performances were lovely.

Don't see it if you are interested in seeing a large scale BROADWAY show and/or you prefer straightforward, linear storytelling.

During previews
0
Great staging, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if you're a fan of the movie "Crash" with a story about a location and not specific characters.

Don't see it if You want good writing, a clear plot, or have sensitivities to subjects of miscarriage/infant loss (which they fail to warn audiences about).

During previews
78
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like good acting and great, clever staging. And if you like great pop/jazz music.

Don't see it if you hate having the message of a show shoved directly in your face through obvious dialogue.


November 30th, 2015
"Their distinctive gifts never manage to merge into any satisfying whole...New York is known as a place where seeming mismatches make for exciting marriages. That hasn’t happened in this case, at least not yet. Though the show officially opened on Sunday night, it was still a work in progress...a...
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November 29th, 2015
"The play itself seems to have aged poorly…The idea of cross-sectional commonality with far-fetched, coincidental links seems at least as old as the fax machines and Princess phones that show up frequently in the story...The individual tales are dated, too…And an odd, outdated air of condescensio...
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November 30th, 2015
"Lacking a cohesive theme, other than that life sucks, the dramatic portions seem to go on forever, with the performers playing so many roles it's difficult to keep track of the characters — not that you have any particular desire to. Thankfully, the original songs by Bacharach provide welcome co...
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December 1st, 2015
"Four hard-working actors, ably assisted by a resourceful costumer and a nimble props master, make a mighty effort to play the 20-plus characters in 'New York Animals.' Steven Sater’s ambitious but disjointed play scores style points for being staged in a basement cabaret, a cool setting for Burt...
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