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From 4 critic and 22 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great staging, Slow, Edgy, Quirky

About the show

HERE presents this world premiere theater and film hybrid from Rob Roth who performs alongside his on-film counterpart, actor Rebecca Hall. An audio and visual poem that meditates on the concept of the artistic muse. More…

Through a queer lens, the piece focuses on alternative realities blending and dissolving in a metaphysical and alchemic journey where sound, time, gender, and fantasy transform. It uses original text, songs, and the language of cinema to create a voyeuristic theatrical experience, inviting the audience to observe the private world of two characters that possibly exist in each other’s imagination. 

The Theatre Times

"A compelling stream of consciousness that flows along with the sound waves and vintage film footage. With stunning technicality and poetic sensitivity, the show paints and composes the complex emotions when we are left alone, discarded and exiled into our most profound addictions and desires...It is rare to see such high-quality execution of all the technical characters including...synchronization between live actor and pre-recorded footage." Full Review

The Reviews Hub

"The technical composition is flawless...Roth gives a seamless performance...The entire piece feels like a kind of dance...Some beats teeter between vulnerable and self-indulgent. There’s a great deal to take in and it can be challenging to know where one’s attention ought to fall...However, once one lets go and allows themselves to sink into the haunting, out-of-time world...’Soundstage’ is a singular experience for audiences that enjoy something off the beaten path.” Full Review

The Observer

“A lusciously designed, 60-minute queer exorcism...Roth’s construct, while technically impressive with its crisp, expertly framed cinematography and intricately choreographed audio-visuals, does not really push the human conversation forward. Instead, it’s a heavily mediated backward glance that might be meaningful to the creator, but feels dated and vaguely unnecessary. When technology is the freshest thing onstage, there may be a problem.” Full Review

The New York Times

“This beautifully designed, maddeningly aimless show...demonstrates how difficult it is to theatricalize a mindscape...The biggest Hall’s magnetic presence...The text is verbose and vague, and so comically overheated that it can feel like a parody of Tennessee Williams...What’s most frustrating is that...'Soundstage' dispenses enough tantalizing nuggets to make you wish a dramaturge had helped harness Roth’s imagination...Ultimately, there is no emotional payoff." Full Review

Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting, Epic, Exquisite

See it if You want to witness a phenomenal feast for the senses and support HERE Arts.

Don't see it if You have a closed mind.

Also Rob Roth is the real thing. A true artist working in mix media through... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Exquisite, Great staging, Insipid, Intelligent

See it if you're looking to discover something through the stories and experiences of others. Very artistic approach on discussing loneliness

Don't see it if you're looking for an easy entertaining show, this piece definitely requires some thoughtful thinking and full attention.

Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Enchanting, Riveting

See it if you are a fan of multimedia-infused theater. Also, if the name "David Lynch" gets you excited.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate nonlinear narratives and poetic approach to narration

Also MInd: blown. One of the most meticulous, magical productions that I ha... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Intense, Great staging

See it if You love theatrical cinematography, stunning imagery, flawless details and bravery. What if this was the only place you could see yourself?

Don't see it if If you hate the abstract, or the art more than the dialogue. Dislike Ingmar Bergman, Picasso, Sunset Boulevard, Noir, Pan's Labyrinth.

Also I don't pretend to grasp a every nuance, but I was greatfully and humb... Read more Read less

Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing, Multi-media mix

See it if Gay man reveres female screen image via his immersion into TV/Film w/ live strings and vocals. Technical feats of blended media(+wig forms).

Don't see it if One-hour solo show. Female siren, actor Rebecca Hall, upstages (but doesn't appear onstage) and is truly larger-than-life.Don't sit in front

Intelligent, Masterful, Great staging, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like performance art done using newer technology, spliced w/multiple mediums simultaneously to indirectly convey deep msg/feeling

Don't see it if You don't like edgy performance art

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of avant-garde theater. This is a dreamlike exploration of loneliness, nostalgia, and obsession told through song and cinema.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy experimental art, or are not interested in stories told through a queer gaze. Also note that smoking & drug use is depicted.

Ambitious, Clever, Intricate

See it if you like technically ambitious solo shows, a lovely performer interacting with multichannel (live & prerecorded) video, a musing on muses

Don't see it if you want a clear narrative arc or a traditional 'play' rather than a one-man piece

Also Rebecca Hall is luminous in the prepared film sections, and the onstag... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Engaging, Absorbing, Self-indulgent, Well crafted

See it if You enjoy the interplay of live performance with film/technology, unconventional storytelling, and performances that explore queer identity.

Don't see it if You prefer straight forward narratives or can’t abide the smell of fake cigarette smoke.

Absorbing, Slow, Great staging, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you want to be immersed in the interaction of the technically superior muse and the searching character who is well played by the actor.

Don't see it if multi-media, including a roving camera and projection crew, sometimes with loud television static, and live:screen interaction are not 4 you

Slow, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy experimental pieces that fully take advantage of their deployed technology

Don't see it if you dislike multi-media heavy pieces or require an over-arching "message" to latch on to.

Also Soundstage is a fascinating examination of inner turmoil, depression, ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Slow, Great staging, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you like multi-media stage poetry

Don't see it if you don't like experimental stuff

Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Confusing

See it if want to see a technically clever and intricate performance dealing with gender issues.

Don't see it if If you only enjoy traditional theater.

Clever, Slow, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You enjoy multimedia productions. Clever use of it & introspective storyline . ...And if you love Rebecca Hall! Was mesmerized by her.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy slow and Depressive storylines. Drug addiction, decaying starlight, etc...

Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Strange, Slow

See it if you enjoy the experimental work. An enormous effort has gone into creating the multimedia effects.

Don't see it if you want to see a play. There is a suggestion of characters & plot but mostly you will have to create interpretations of what you are seeing

Technically accomplished, Inscrutable text, Mixed media extravaganza, Video overwhelms actor/dancers

See it if you appreciate sophisticated layering of media: video, music, dance, solo performance though technology tends to overshadow human elements

Don't see it if you hope to glean coherent narrative or structure--you have to go with the flow of imagery, which is sometimes clever, sometimes cliche

Also The piece lacks an emotional arc: it works through accretion of images... Read more Read less

Quirky, Slow, Weird, Excruciating, Great staging

See it if You want to see a really neat set and staging.

Don't see it if You get immediately tired when you go into a dark room and someone sings weird music.

Clever, Excruciating, Cliched, Edgy, Slow

See it if The multimedia effects are amazing and demonstrate an incredible new way to tell a story. Sadly, the play had no story to tell. Frustrating

Don't see it if A gay man in semi-drag, shuffling around, doing drugs and dreaming about his favorite screen diva does not sound like fun to you.

Confusing, Indulgent, Ambitious, Weird, Disappointing

See it if ... The woman's acting in the film is actually not that bad but it just seems pointless, the 2ndhand smoke smells bad and it was suffocating

Don't see it if You have something better to do. The content is not healthy, and it really doesn't make sense to have ninjas wondering around...

Dated, Cliched, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You like watching old versions of film noir. The clips were interesting as was his interaction with them.

Don't see it if The subject matter of dark femme fatale stuff does not interest you. Also drug abuse on screen, and fake cigarettes are very present here.

Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you appreciate masterfully executed video/sound integration, smart direction & avant garde experimentation blending film & live theater.

Don't see it if you want a clear, absorbing story and a sense of pace.

Also While I appreciated the innovative work that went into creating this s... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You like weird experimental theater

Don't see it if You want to be entertained

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