Closed 1h 15m
Ship of Fools
Soho/Tribeca
78

Ship of Fools NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(2 Reviews)
Positive
100%
Mixed
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Members say
Ambitious, Funny, Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

About the Show

HERE Arts Center presents a multi-disciplinary theater piece examining the age-old practice of pathologizing women.

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Member Reviews (2)

80
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like puppetry, don't need straight story, you are open to feminism. show is pretty strange, about women and labels of madness in history

Don't see it if you are an misogynist, you dont like experimental theater or puppets

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Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting, Funny

See it if you wanna laught a lot

Don't see it if you're looking for serious stuff

Critic Reviews (6)

October 20th, 2016

“Visual artist and puppeteer Jessica Scott navigates through a satiric and fascinating new media ‘seascape’ with a dysfunctional ship’s crew, albeit all women. ‘Ship of Fools’ uses nightmare structure, intentionally drawing from Book VI of Plato’s ‘Republic’ (from whence its title came), Bosch imagery and other surreal allegories, depicting the fine line between heroines and madness. Scott tackles misogyny in a multimedia tour de force where past issues are not so different from ones today.”
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October 22nd, 2016

"This immersive piece explores society’s misconceptions of women and 'madness' in ways so new and so overwhelming it makes the entire audience spin...Sometimes there is so much going on that it borders on sensory overload. Certain scenes try to feature words over visuals, but because there is still so much movement around the space, words can get lost in the commotion...Structurally, 'Ship of Fools' may be imperfect. But it’s impossible to ignore how much this show accomplishes."
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October 22nd, 2016

"Because 'Ship of Fools' is such a sensory overload of media, the takeaway is more experience-based than story-centric...While it’s difficult in the production’s 75-minute run time to fully wrap one’s mind around some of the very profound and important statements being made, the means of delivering the message is impressive. Scott has done innovative work with her puppetry and imaginings...It’s a stimulating piece that throws so many elements at us...We’re left with a lot to think about."
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October 23rd, 2016

"An expansion of what theatre and performance can be. Using live music, spoken word poetry, puppetry, movement and a unique visual design, we travel through re-imagined moments in history...The ideas, images, and concepts floated before us are sometimes obscure and others more straightforward. Some are powerfully clear and some sailed over my head...We leave after our voyage with a wider world view, surviving the journey, and better for it."
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October 19th, 2016

"On the one hand, it is a unique combination of original music, puppetry, video, and live action, yet on the other it comes across as disjointed and meaningless...The audience is seated on a platform that moves left or right, and sometimes rotates completely, giving the performers time to set up the next vignette on the perimeter. The challenge of this production is that it is a series of quirky, random scenes with little, if any, cohesiveness."
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October 17th, 2016

"Following days after Michelle Obama’s emotional condemnation of sexual and verbal harassment, the timing of 'Ship of Fools' couldn’t be better...'Ship of Fools' isn’t a linear history of feminism. It explores perceived concepts of female madness and illness...The 'fun house' concept is extremely effective, causing its desired disorientation...'Ship of Fools'' most powerful moments are contemporary...But Scott and her colleagues do not end their journey in despair."
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