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Seeing You

Members say: Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Great staging
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Critics
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11 reviews
Members
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32 reviews
 

From the producer of 'Sleep No More' comes a brand-new, WWII-themed immersive experience, which takes place in an old warehouse.

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'Seeing You' transports audiences into a memory of a not-so-distant wartime anxiety, told through a mix of choreography and intimate encounters. A singular experience, the music-filled 'Seeing You' unfolds inside a historic expanse, bringing audiences close to a tight-knit Hoboken community during WWII suddenly at odds as patriotism gives way to uncertainty and fear. Since there is no seating during the show, please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for moving. No one under 18 will be admitted.

 

Cast & Creatives (21)


Reviews (43)

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61
Avg Score

45
The New York Times

"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

85
Time Out New York

"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

70
New York Theater

“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

35
Lighting & Sound America

“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

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AM New York

"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

75
Theater Pizzazz

"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

55
WNYC

"'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

65
Daily Beast

"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

55
The Wrap

“‘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

45
Entertainment Weekly

"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

55
Village Voice

"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

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75
Avg Score

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

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

90
Ambitious, Edgy, Exquisite, Must see, Profound

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.

Also I LOVED THIS EXPERIENCE!! But I almost left because the doorman was so... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

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.

Also Definitely a unique and interesting experience. However other immersiv... Read more Read less

82
Creative, Fun, Great staging, Great choreography

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.

Also No program is given. If not for Show-Score there is no way to know who... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great choreography

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.

Also The show starts off in a free form format which allows you to freely m... Read more Read less

84
Original, Creative, Absorbing, Intense, Complex

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.

80
Beautiful, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great dancing, Intimate

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.

Also Don't go into this expecting Sleep No More, it's a different experienc... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Riveting

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.

80
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

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.

Also In design, this show reminds me of HERE LIES LOVE. The cast and ushers... Read more Read less

23
Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

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!

90
Ambitious, Edgy, Profound, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you want to have your romantic notions of the WWII era called into question in a compelling and evocative way

Don't see it if you fear audience participation

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like immersive theatre and want to be taken on a journey

Don't see it if you don't want to stand for 90 mins

80
Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

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

69
Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Great staging

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.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense, Entertaining

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.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging

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.

50
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing

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.

100
Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You are looking for a new kind of experience. See it if you like immersive theater, or if you appreciate artistry

Don't see it if You are scared of immersive theater and the unknown

20
Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Dated, Bad writing

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

Also There were scenes in this that were almost direct rip offs from Sleep ... Read more Read less

0
Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Insipid, Overrated

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!

11
Disappointing

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.

Also Kudos to the actors. Your lovely people and good at staying in charact... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

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.

71
During previews
Ambitious, Exquisite, Intense, Great acting/dancing, Misses the mark on using immersion

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.

Also oooof. while stunning choreography and beautiful use of (most) props i... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Cliched, Immersive theater

See it if You enjoy immersive dance theater, audience participation, following the actor/dancers around the space

Don't see it if You have mobility issues, are uncomfortable with standing for 90 minutes, direct contact with the performers, sexual and racial themes

Also This show is for people who have followed every Sleep No More loop and... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Confusing

See it if you are an immersive theatre completist, enjoy stories of war, or want to contemplate American life

Don't see it if you aren't comfortable standing/walking/being alone/etc., aren't a fan of immersive theatre, want a linear narrative (or one at all).

Also I'm a huge fan of immersive theatre (when it's done well, I suppose), ... Read more Read less