Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future
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Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future

Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future NYC Reviews and Tickets

(56 Ratings)
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Great singing, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

Ars Nova presents this world premiere sci-fi folk concert set 250 years in the future. 

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55 Reviews | 10 Followers
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You like sci fi that expects an intelligent audience and doesn't explain, warm and compassionate grooves, and interstellar protest music.

Don't see it if You need plot explanations, you don't like sci fi, you like tidy resolutions, you're conservative or don't like thinking in the theater. Read more

182 Reviews | 44 Followers

See it if you enjoy being enveloped by a truly "complete" show, enjoy intimate connection, and rapturous screams, shouts, and forlorn toots.

Don't see it if you dislike immersive environments and non-traditional scores Read more

72 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if A great time bending musical. Emotionally resonant. Very well acted, sung, played. Perfect in our current political climate.

Don't see it if You don’t like intimate theater with depth.

65 Reviews | 11 Followers
Clever, Great singing, Epic, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want to see an uplifting, kinda-concert/kinda-play evening of theatre infused with revolution, sci-fi, wonderful songs, & love

Don't see it if you don't like blues- or folk-inspired music, or smiling, or joy. Or mentions of robots. Or humorous/thoughtful veiled political undertones

73 Reviews | 21 Followers
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant, Clever

See it if ur a fan of blending genres. A sci-fi folk concert evokes Whedon's Firefly vibes. Surprisingly poignant and political. Great world-building

Don't see it if you want story to be plainly presented. You're looking for a traditional musical

103 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Enchanting, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky

See it if If you want something unique, new, and totally engaging; if a folk musical about robots sounds awesome; if you want to feel a bunch of stuff

Don't see it if If you need huge productions; if you need extensive choreography/direction; if strobe lights affect you Read more

775 Reviews | 246 Followers
Great singing, Relevant, Intimate, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if Outstanding folk rock concert. Oppressed outcasts in the future struggle to express their humanity. Small space with great acoustics.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy folk rock, or science fiction that is relevant to today's politics. Buy a reserved seat or bring a cushion.

342 Reviews | 53 Followers
Great singing, Great songs, Clever and original

See it if Thrilling and thoughtful music. Dynamic and moving performances. Original conceit-underground nightclub 300 years in the future.

Don't see it if Only six performers. Very small performing space. Not a show so much as rock/folk-opera. No sets, and very in your face proximity. Read more

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
October 15th, 2018
For a previous production

"A show for men, women, and any sentient robots passing through...A little musical with big, sad, beautiful ideas. It packs so much story into so little space that physicists will quail...This fusion of folk and science fiction is niftily sui generis...Butler’s music, a plangent folk style that broadens into roots rock, makes just about every syllable count. The show’s construction is so deft and its narrative so tantalizing that breathers are almost unbearable."
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Time Out New York
October 15th, 2018
For a previous production

"Butler is a master at fusing futuristic concepts like the civil rights of cyborgs with anthems that spark righteous anger and empathy...He has been developing this show for eight years, and that dedication has paid off with a glorious, deeply felt score that moves beyond folk to include R&B and classic rock...Rags may be crooning about the fights of tomorrow, but Butler is clearly planted on today's battleground."
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October 15th, 2018
For a previous production

“One of the most surprisingly delightful and imaginative musicals of 2018...’Rags Parkland’ does cultural appropriation the way it ought to be done, which is to remix, reimagine, and reposition pre-existing forms to create something wholly original...We realize the immense wonder of Butler's galaxy as the evening progresses...Butler and Fein tantalisingly tease out the world beyond the room...Powerful performances make these circumstances feel real."
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October 18th, 2018
For a previous production

“In this sci-fi folk musical, Rags and the band, The Future, bring music to life in a world where it has been criminalized and in a time when even applauding such things can be treasonous...The show is a concert...There is little backstory...As Rags sings, the audience is swept away on a journey...Butler has created a world that is rich and fully-formed, and chosen to present the story in the most immersive way possible...It is a testament to the power of song.”
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October 18th, 2018
For a previous production

“Butler’s quirky concept is pleasurably realized by the intense efforts of the ensemble and the accomplished technical team...Fein’s polished staging combines straightforward musical performance sequences with energetic flourishes...Sargeant is dynamic...with her powerful vocals and soulful presence...Like the best of sci-fi, ‘Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future’ has thoughtful allusions to the present while being wonderfully entertaining.”
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 21st, 2018
For a previous production

"Provocative and devastatingly smart...You will no doubt be blown away. And I mean that in the best possible way as I attempt within this review to reveal nothing except an idea of the electric magnificence that explodes from that cramped stage...It’s a deeply immersive weaving of rebel politics and simple passion for existence sung from a futuristic time. It’s drenched in old American folk music directed with style and emotional connectivity."
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Exeunt Magazine
October 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"A streak of dark humor runs through the play, but its message is dead serious and perennially timely. There’s no story to spoil, but to describe the evening’s turns and divagations in too much detail is to steal a little of its flame...'Rags Parkland' traces, in a scant 90 minutes, nothing less than the birth of an artist. Heady stuff for a sci-fi folk concert, but 'Rags' is never ponderous or morose...Most importantly, the music rocks....The cast’s musicianship is uniformly stellar."
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Off Off Online
October 21st, 2018
For a previous production

"The score includes clever references, melodic and chromatic, to such past masters as Guthrie, Dylan, Cocker, Crosby, Stills, Nash and, especially, Young, without undercutting the originality of Butler’s musical sound...Butler is a formidable presence, who connects immediately with the audience and doesn’t so much sing as act his solos with the emotional intricacy of a seasoned musical-theater performer...A captivating, toe-tapping fiction."
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