Pipeline Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this jazz concert-party-play hybrid, which takes you inside a brassy New Orleans dance hall, where the untold story of the birth of jazz is brought to life. More…
Retracing the rise and fall of Buddy Bolden, the radical trumpeter who pioneered America's Art Form, "Playing Hot" is neither play nor musical, neither biography nor period piece -- but a singular theatrical event in the style of jazz. With the help of a live brass band, Buddy's legend and infectious sound echo through time, riffing on history and pop culture much like his music riffed on the notes on the page.
See it if You like jazz music and are looking for a fun somewhat interactive show that tells one of the stories about the beginning of jazz music
Don't see it if You want a traditional theater experience
See it if You are interested by the beginnings of jazz and a show that mixes acting, jazz music and lecture.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a big, polished production. You don’t like cramped spaces, standing for the performance and audience interaction.
See it if Young, enthusiastic , talented performers with lively old school New Orleans music. Enjoys historical fiction
Don't see it if Not interested in out of the box entertainment . Only enjoys serious pedantic dramas
Also Try to get one of the few seats
See it if You love live, traditional, NoLa jazz, it's origins, & a non-traditional theater presentation. You enjoy music, dancing, and participation.
Don't see it if You dislike, live jazz, not having a regular, theater seat ( many stand for this show), and "get into the action" theatrical offerings.
See it if You like immersive shows, jazz, black culture, and some irreverent fun. It was cool to learn about the little known creator of jazz.
Don't see it if You want a traditional play. Are bothered by performers playing multiple characters. Some chairs were available, but it's mostly standing.
See it if You like jazz and want to learn more about its roots, you enjoy dancing
Don't see it if You don’t like standing in a small space for more than an hour, prefer emphasis on the more traditional play elements (story, acting)
See it if If you want to see fun piece about under appreciated father of the Jazz movement scattered with intermittent live music!
Don't see it if Story is somewhat shallow and could be developed further. FYI- you basically stand the whole time if that would bother you.
See it if This was a very entertaining show with good jazz music and a cool way of telling the story of a jazz great! Lots of audience interaction!
Don't see it if The audience is mostly standing but there were a few chairs for people that needed them. Wear comfortable shoes (my only regret)!
See it if You are looking for a fun show that is as much about the experience of watching it as it is about the story. The audience can get involved
Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional show or if you do not like jazz
See it if you appreciate cultural comments on history, anachronisms, you like jazz/jazz history
Don't see it if you don't want to stand for ~1.5 hours, you don't like performers being very close to you, you don't like loud, live music
See it if If you are a New Orleans fan, interested in the history of jazz and enjoy the opportunity for audience participation.
Don't see it if If you don’t enjoy standing throughout the show and don’t like immersive theatre.
See it if you want off-Broadway fare that's different than anything else. Fun, not pretentious, SO inventive and playful - like jazz!
Don't see it if you only like linear, self-serious Theater. Or if you don't like experiments in form.