Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

Soot and Spit

From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky, Profound, Thought-provoking

About the show

New Ohio Theatre and Our Voices Theater present a world premiere from acclaimed avant-garde playwright Charles Mee, celebrating famed outsider artist James Castle. More…

What drives a person to create nearly 20,000 pieces of art? Born profoundly deaf, Castle never learned to read, write, sign, or speak. His art was his language. Bringing his world to life through bluegrass music, dance, and multimedia displays, 'Soot and Spit' enables its audience to experience the "other" and rejoice in the unquenchable creativity of the human spirit.

1h 30m | Already closed | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (5)


Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky, Profound, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Ambitious, Great writing, Quirky, Resonant, Profound

See it if Bio musical of notable artist told in typical Mee play-with-music style by a cast which includes artists with disabilities - touching

Don't see it if Artist is outside general knowledge and may not prove to be a compelling subject; off-off production values can be a hurdle for some scenes

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you love the work of Chuck Mee, and are interested in seeing a show that makes profound use of differently abled performers.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the work of Chuck Mee and the absurdity his work often entails.

Great staging, Enchanting, Touching

See it if are not opposed to collage like narrative. If you root for an outsider. JW Guido is excellent.

Don't see it if prefer more traditional, linear storytelling.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see something different and refreshing.

Don't see it if you don't like experimental, out of ordinary pieces.

Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you're open to experimental theatre and under-the-radar talent, or if you want to support Deaf Talent or Talent with disabilities.

Don't see it if you're looking for a linear plot or traditional play or musical. This show is not traditional in any sense.

June 2nd, 2017
"A beautifully designed, dreamily evocative production...It puts its money where its mouth is, casting-wise, nudging us to consider more deeply the notion of artists who don’t fit the standard mold. Mr. Guido, who gives a sympathetic, unsentimental portrayal of the uncompromising Castle, is deaf....
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June 5th, 2017
“Director Kim Weild creates a world of fascination based on playwright Charles Mee's wildly imaginative, utterly surreal, and deeply intimate device…The multifaceted production successfully brings to life James Castle's life in ways that are at once entertaining and heartbreaking. However, there ...
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June 4th, 2017
"The collage structure of the text is backed up with the multiplicity of design elements coming together in a tapestry rich and thick in texture...Mee presents a view from an artist’s perspective, giving us a taste of a completely different theatre...A successful attempt of recreating the world t...
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June 5th, 2017
"The experience is rich and singular. Energy and psychic texture reverberate through the space. Every member of the stellar cast gives a full, vibrant performance...Best absorbed as an experience rather than by hanging onto a traditional sense of plot...Director Kim Weild guides this play with a ...
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