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now my hand is ready for my heart: intimate histories

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Indulgent, Intelligent, Slow, Quirky

About the show

In a deep exploration of an artist’s life, Nicky Paraiso investigates aging, identity, sexuality, class, and race.  More…

Directed by MacArthur Fellow John Jesurun, this world premiere is a multi-disciplinary celebration of an artistic community as it grows older and continues to make work, both individually and with each other. Paraiso is joined by choreographer/dancers Irene Hultman, Jon Kinzel, Vicky Shick, and Paz Tanjuaquio in performance and as collaborators.

Member Reviews (7)


Absorbing, Indulgent, Intelligent, Slow, Quirky
Avg Score

Beautifully designed, Affecting, Eccentric, Instructive, Engaging

See it if you have an interest in or would like to get to know about the past half century in downtown performance, told here from a particular angle.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the past half century of downtown performance or you already know its techniques leave you unmoved.

Also Nicky Paraiso, a sweet, gracious, curious man, has a very particular t... Read more Read less

Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You are at all interested in LaMama Thestre. It is a beautifully executed poetic history of LaMama that fans shouldn’t miss.

Don't see it if You aren’t looking for a beautiful celebration of the lives of LaMama’s family.

Unfocused, interesting use of multiple media, unfocused, Confusing

See it if you enjoy self-indulgent solo shows or you want so see an interesting use of multiple types of media.

Don't see it if you really aren't interested in someone's selective autobiography

Also We really never do know what purpose the dancers serve except to not m... Read more Read less

Creative staging & direction, Tepid storytelling, Indulgent

See it if you are a long time follower of La Mama & know something about of the life of struggling downtown performance artists

Don't see it if you expect a dynamic show with effective monologue, sustained music & pro-caliber dancing. This show doesn't have that.

Also For a visual person, the set-up in the cavernous, historical space wit... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You want to hear some man's vaguely boring, indulgent life story while watching 4 modern dancers move slowly around the room for 90 minutes

Don't see it if You don't like 1-man shows; if you don't care know the main actor personally; if you don't know the history of La Mama; if you need any plot

Quirky, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You’re interested in East village history

Don't see it if You’re looking for entertainment

Riveting, Great staging, Epic, Absorbing

See it if You want to see the history of the avant garde theatre scene and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the great La Mama ETC.

Don't see it if You don't understand the importance of La Mama and Nicky himself to the cultural landscape of the country. He's the real deal.

“now my hand is ready for my heart: intimate histories” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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