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Seeing You
Chelsea
76

Seeing You NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(36 Reviews)
Positive
75%
Mixed
11%
Negative
14%
Members say
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intense, Great staging

About the Show

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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Member Reviews (36)

82
Fun, Creative, 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. Read more

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

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

June 21st, 2017

"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."
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June 22nd, 2017

"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."
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June 21st, 2017

"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."
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June 21st, 2017

"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."
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June 22nd, 2017

“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.”
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July 7th, 2017

"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."
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June 28th, 2017

“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.”
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June 21st, 2017

"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."
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June 24th, 2017

"'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."
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June 21st, 2017

“‘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."
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July 12th, 2017

"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."
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