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Red Emma & The Mad Monk

From 1 critic and 16 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

Mystics, anarchists, and snowflakes swirl in this new Russo-American cabaret-style musical about Emma Goldman, Rasputin, and a 12-year-old American girl who's obsessed with both of them and can't get off Twitter. More…

In the first few months of 2017, 12 year-old Addison has a lot of questions about the world and very little parental supervision. Her best (imaginary) friend is a turn-of-the-19th-century Russian mystic, and her favorite pastime is fighting with deplorables on the internet. But when Addison starts to learn about another turn-of-the-century Russian -- the American immigrant and Anarchist, Emma Goldman -- she begins questioning the meaning of political action and just how far we should go to fight oppressive systems.

1h 40m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)

The New York Times

“An eccentric, scrappy new musical...The show is an astute representation of a searching tween’s inner world...The consequences of Addison’s efforts to graduate from Twitter feuds to real-life action remain underexplored, and most of the songs are so short that there is barely time to appreciate Lotz’s tuneful, post-Michael Friedman sensibility...Still, despite its imperfections, the sweet, sui generis 'Red Emma and the Mad Monk' qualifies as a late-summer discovery.” Full Review

Thought-provoking, Utterly unique, Riveting, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an amazing, utterly unique play that is smart, thought-provoking & well acted, directed, written & staged. I srsly loved it.

Don't see it if you have no interest in smart, engaging, morally ambivalent, utterly unique plays with a fantastic cast; you are expecting a typical musical

Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like fantastical stories which bend time and space to explore our collective relationship to politics, history, technology, and truth.

Don't see it if you'd prefer to see a linear narrative with a conventional story. This play is offbeat and esoteric, and it's not for the apolitical.

Great acting, Great singing, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if This psychodelic absurdist show with a timely Russian theme was something I have never seen before. I would say a Revolutionary theatre!

Don't see it if Not for everyone, and not saying I understood everything, but the feeling was right! Close to orgasmic.

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You love little shows about big ideas

Don't see it if Ya dumb

Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a musical that is innovative in many ways. Supports trans/LGBTQ theatre. Have even a passing interest in political history.

Don't see it if You dislike shows that are at all meta. Dislike shows that are historical in nature but are not strictly biographical.

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Relevant, Refreshing, Clever, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if You want smart, thoughtful, intelligently written theatre; have been following the news at all; interested in theories of political protest

Don't see it if You want straightforward plots or large-scale productions, dislike nontraditional takes on history

Must see, Relevant, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a lively new musical before it gets to a bigger theatre and ticket prices soar. You love highly talented performers who are

Don't see it if Small theatre with narrow padded seats. You can’t go before they close on Sept. 1st.

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Thought-provoking, Innovative, Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

See it if you love small, creative theater pieces that combine history lessons with modern-day messages. Talented cast

Don't see it if you want a Broadway-style, singing, dancing spectacular. This is a drama with a little music.

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Delightful, entertaining and curiously, relevant

See it if Intrigued by the title, I found it lived up to the promised zaniness and historical relevance, but also made for a gripping story well acted

Don't see it if Can be confusing and boring if you are unfamiliar/uninterested in early 20th century history, Russian and US. Songs are not great/memorable

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Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You have an interest in Rasputin, anarchy, or clever musicals. The woman playing Rasputin is fantastic.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals that are more talking than singing. You need all the bells, whistles, and impressive choreography of Broadway.

Exquisite, Hilarious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're down for a relevant, well-written, impeccably-cast and hilarious new musical off-Broadway. This is a MUST SEE.

Don't see it if you hate laughing or being challenged by theatre.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Funny, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You like feeling like you are profoundly connected to all the other humans in the world living parallel lives

Don't see it if you don't like good theater

Hilarious, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you believe in the vitality of human connection, you enjoy dynamic performances and biting humor.

Don't see it if You are soulless

Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want a show that manages to be cynical and hopeful at the same time, and if you want intelligent humor.

Don't see it if you take yourself too seriously. This show manages to have fun while grappling with some heady topics.

Great staging, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like shows creative and relevant, examining truth in history, social media, and protest, and support diversity in casting, great staging

Don't see it if If you don't like mixed fantasy and reality, if you don't like racial and gender diverse casting, if you don't want to think while watching.

Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love learning about history, politics and Russia. The play is irreverent, but on point with what it’s saying to it’s audience.

Don't see it if You’re a miserable human being! This play may delight you so you’ve been warned.

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