"The best of such productions work on a subliminal level, tugging at the edges of your mind through sensory means. While there were a lot of high-decibel sound effects and much garish visual spectacle, I so often felt I was being lectured to...The choreography was fitful, and often strained...The performers...were especially engaging nonverbally...As the story labored toward its climax, the show proved less than capable of supporting the very large ideas it courted." Full Review
"Engrossing and evocative…Designed by Desi Santiago, the show unfurls in a single, constantly evolving ground-floor space in the Meatpacking District. The skillful, well-drilled performers never stop moving, and Heffington gives them memorable showpieces…A nightmarish U.S.O. show yields to a wrenching battle scene (rendered in shadows) and, finally, an evocation of nuclear warfare that is both spectacular and sober. It’s very much worth seeing." Full Review
“The evening becomes weirder and weirder…And so it goes for ninety long, long minutes. Are audiences really itching to be herded like cattle through a feel-bad entertainment about World War II?...The overbearing pretensions of ‘Seeing You’ would seem to be a poor fit for the type of person looking for an amusing interactive night out…'Seeing You' seems to be trying too hard to provide interactive kicks while also schooling the audience in rather obvious points about wartime ethics.” Full Review
“A show that may not be the top of the line in the genre, but that fans of immersive theater would surely find worthwhile...There are a few vivid sets that pop up during climactic moments...Much of ‘Seeing You’ though is a mosaic over time of isolated moments, most of them expressed primarily in dance, some memorably…There may be stretches of time during ‘Seeing You’ that seem nothing more than a muddle, even for the most experienced theatergoer.” Full Review
"The hotblooded and sinister 'Seeing You' transforms an empty former meat market in the Meatpacking District (located right under the High Line) into an anxious small community during World War II...There are also small, emotionally charged scenes, which pop up suddenly, that highlight the racial tensions of the period as seen in an African-American male assigned to menial work in the Army and a Japanese-American female whose allegiance is questioned." Full Review
"The pace is fast and furious...It’s also bloody, gory and replete with loud sirens and effects and a high-energy ensemble of unending talents...In the midst of it all, you’re taken to a cabaret/USO canteen show that is both glitzy patriotic and darkly sobering, and includes some memorable dance numbers and notable costumes...The message is a clear reminder of the horrors of war, lost lives, and survival. It’s dark in its presentation and you won’t walk out with a big smile on your face." Full Review
"The choreography of the show, its costume and design, are more memorable than its speech and plot. The production is many things: haunting, fun, and occasionally challenging...The lighting, design, direction, and actor/dancers are collectively wonderful to watch. The story, and lack of character detail, however, is a puzzle...You may find 'Seeing You' both bewitching and baffling, but you will not be bored." Full Review
"'Seeing You' tries to do many things in 90 minutes...The show is at its best when it uses dance or provocative movement to get at the deep grief of war...It also does something very interesting: unsettles us. The space is dark; the music is loud; there is smoke and strobe lights; people are often moving you around from one place to another and you don't know where you're going...Yet in terms of storytelling, the show fails. There isn't a clear narrative." Full Review
“‘Seeing You’ leans heavily on visual sensation. There’s no real emotional depth to be found here, no historical or dramatic heft. And for a show that dwells heavily on the Bomb and literally asks the question ‘How many civilian casualties would you be willing to accept to save 1 million American lives?’ the ending is surprisingly more of a whimper than a bang...If you have to duck into a darkened fallout shelter, it seems Hoboken’s not such a bad place to be." Full Review
"This seemed an interesting question to pose in a theatrical setting, and one I expected would come back to haunt each audience member throughout the show. But, for the most part, it didn’t...Ultimately, I appreciate the courage it must take on behalf of the cast and crew to trust — and touch! — a new crowd of total strangers for every performance, but I would say 'Seeing You' isn’t all that worth seeing." Full Review
"At its best, 'Seeing You' lets us identify with the characters on our own terms, creating connections between past and present as they naturally arise. Refreshingly, it is never blindly patriotic, unlike so many stories about this war. But like so many of those stories, it is ultimately patronizing, a morality play that repeatedly confronts the audience with clichéd demonstrations of racism, homophobia, and violence, without subverting or complicating any of them." Full Review
See it if You enjoy immersive theater and interacting with the actors as well as the audience. If you like shows with dance,singing,good mix of music
Don't see it if You don't like moving around the whole time in dark, strobe,fog,interactions with actors and audience, dance,war
See it if You like immersive shows. This one rocks! Easy enough to follow without being impossible to figure out yet vague enough for interpretation.
Don't see it if You have a hard time getting around or don't like being "herded" around in the dark or in flashing lights with lots of loud music/sounds.
See it if You want an evening of well performed immersive dance/theatre, with a relevant message
Don't see it if You have problems moving, or are expecting the scale and scope of SNM and other immersive pieces
See it if you enjoy being in the middle of the action and being moved through various setups/scenes. Some intense moments to communicate war anxieties
Don't see it if you want a show with a clear plot or to sit comfortably. The scenes where everyone was gathered around the stage were less effective.
See it if Wasn't sure what to expect, but I loved this. Yes, it was entertaining, but it was also surprisingly beautiful and moving.
Don't see it if When it comes to boot camp vs. giving blood, go with giving blood. The boot camp was a little too in-your-face for my comfort.
See it if you enjoy experiential theater. Light plot to weave all the parts together nicely. Beautiful choreography. Touching. Fun!!
Don't see it if you don't want to move around/stand for 90 min. You need words to tell you exactly what's happening at all times.
See it if You like immersive theater & dance shows. Actors give compelling performances & are excellent dancers. Impressive staging/direction.
Don't see it if You don't want to participate & be put in the middle of the story & don't want to be on your feet for 90min. It's a cool unique experience.
See it if you like immersive theater and dance. Complexly staged and quite beautiful at points, but also intense. Still a WOW factor! Well-staged.
Don't see it if haunting tales of war, moving around a theater, or immersive style shows are not your thing.
See it if you like theatricalized dance, want an intimate and moving experience that asks questions but rarely gives you answers.
Don't see it if you need a clear & tidy plot, dislike dance, don't want to stand for 90 minutes straight, are uncomfortable in dark spaces.
See it if you want a good taste of immersive theater. You like war-era themes. You are looking for something unique and entertaining.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with war-era simulation. You prefer literal, speaking plays.
See it if you're a fan of immersive and interactive stagings. This theatrical event uses dance and movement direction to tell the story really well.
Don't see it if you don't like non-traditional shows. You're on your feet for 90 minutes being ushered around the space, and you are truly part of the show.
See it if Cam't think of anything to recommend it. This should have been so much better considering the talents behind it. Complete disaster.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy a totally disorganized project that was not ready to be produced No story at all. Disappointing and too expensive!
See it if You enjoy immersive theatre, and/or want to see something a little different. There is some great dancing, and fun little encounters.
Don't see it if You don't like standing a moving about. It's hard to follow, and often feels like you're just being herded from place to place.
See it if You like immersive theatre/dance. The dance is definitely the strong point in terms of storytelling. Scenes are so-so but there aren't many.
Don't see it if You don't want patriotic views of America challenged.
See it if You will seeing anything as long as it's immersive theater
Don't see it if This is not even close to the caliber of Sleep No More. Bizarre, incoherent storyline. Plus, my friend got fake blood all over her.
See it if You've never experienced a show with direct address, or you've never seen Sleep No More
Don't see it if You hate bad writing, lack of vision, you have a background in dramaturgy, you've seen Sleep No More, you don't like standing for 90 minutes
See it if you live in an ignorant fantasy land of not knowing how ruthless the Japanese were and what they planned to do to innocent American civilans
Don't see it if you are patriotic, support the military, or have any respect for veterans. The deplorable producers of this atrocity should be ashamed!
See it if Have seen Sleep No More many times, I'm disappointed to see that they pulled the same stuff from an already established production.
Don't see it if Don't see this show if you expect all the kinks to be worked out. They have a ways to go.
See it if you enjoy participatory/interactive theater, playacting as if in a WW2 nightmare, gorgeous choreography
Don't see it if you have lived thru/are triggered by war (part of the show is direct immersion in scenarios of vicarious trauma); you can't stand for 90min.
See it if You like immersive theatre. This was one of the better constructed, enagaging ones I've seen. Maybe top two between both London and NY.
Don't see it if You don't like immersive theatre. This is more interactive than most.
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