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The House of Setting Sun (Dream Up)

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Slow, Disappointing, Excruciating, Ambitious

About the show

Part of Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival: In this Jazz-Age musical, the surviving member of a prominent Georgia family invites a fortuneteller to his plantation to divine who killed his long-dead parents. More…

Victor, a young gentleman in Savannah, consults traveling mystic Eudora about his parents' unsolved murders. The lone heir to their fortune and engaged to Daisy, Victor is anxious to get a fresh start and desperately seeking closure for events in his past. However, Eudora's intrusion into the sacred family house causes old vendettas to resurface, and Victor discovers that those he trusts most may have the cruelest intentions. 

Member Reviews (20)


Confusing, Slow, Disappointing, Excruciating, Ambitious
Avg Score

Slow, Original, Confusing, Strange, Great singing

See it if you like any musical. storyline is hard to follow and takes place in Savannah. light opera? family strife? mystery? mystical?make sense?

Don't see it if you expect a coherent experience. everyone singing on key. more than a piano. well-defined characters. reason for so many in cast.

Cliched, Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid, Uninspired

See it if you have the time for a meaningless, unsatisfying adventure in the theatre. Time better spend wandering the neighborhood.

Don't see it if There is really nothing to recommend about this show. Sorry!

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if You can appreciate a few excellent voices and a hilarious, adept performance by one actor (you will spot her immediately) amidst mediocrity

Don't see it if You do not have an evening to waste

Strangely compelling, Inaudible, Ambitious, Yet clichéd

See it if Patience & ears allow enduring a well-acted yet poorly sung by non-singers inaudible-at-10-feet production with potential &interesting score

Don't see it if Plot matters: game non-singers in over their heads keeping up with a complicated score results in an incomprehensible storyline and ending.

Also Casting House of the Setting Sun with decent actors that can't really ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you like operatic singing with a range of the same 6 or 7 notes (great for sleeping) - the cast was talented - some of the voices were great

Don't see it if you can't sit through an unedited story where all the songs sound the same which is amazing because they were written by different people.

Cliched, Excruciating, Slow, Bad writing, Great singing

See it if I honestly can't recommend this show; the actors did a great job with some pretty terrible material, but it was still hard to sit through

Don't see it if you appreciate smart lyrics, a strong story line, and high production values; they're sadly lacking here.

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Boring

See it if You simply have to see all New Theater productions to measure their progress

Don't see it if You enjoy musicals and we'll written stories that you can follow along with

Confusing, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You like seeing very very early stages of a show. You want to support new work. Two of the cast members have lovely voices.

Don't see it if You're looking for a coherent story line, quality writing, or strong voices singing on key. Borderline unwatchable.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy musicals in minor key, entirely accompanied by piano, and you want to see new artists and composers.

Don't see it if You enjoy mainstream musicals, or you're looking for a halfway decent musical. This is not well done.

Ambitious, Cliched, Over-stuffed, Confusing

See it if You like works in progress. Effort went into the book, music & lyrics-needs more. Lindsey Gradwohl & Sam Krivd bring life to their roles.

Don't see it if You can't devote two hours to a muddled plot, lyrics that often don't work and music that can be monotonous.

Confusing, Unbalanced, Poorly written, Musical potential unrealized, Some awesome singing

See it if experimental musical theatre is for you. You like some good singing despite cloudy story, and awkwardly staged. Some acting okay, some not.

Don't see it if Musical #1: balance singers - piano! Left after Act One - no underscored dialogue was audible and at least 50% of singing undistinguishable.

Entertaining, Original, Great acting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You are looking for a well casted musical with great songs and a refreshingly original plot. You like eerie murder mysteries.

Don't see it if You are looking for the normal bells and whistles of Broadway in terms of set, seating, etc.

Confusing, Slow, Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you have no standards or enjoy seeing very rough work. The singing was sometimes off key and the music was repetitive. Story was dull.

Don't see it if Don't see it. Only saving grace was that 2 of the actors had good voices. Unfortunately the music barely did them justice.

Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like new material with potential, enjoy murder mysteries, like history

Don't see it if You want great acting, deep character development, are hard of hearing

Slow, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You don't mind repetitive songs and book, and you really want to support new local theater

Don't see it if You're looking to be impressed

Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You appreciate community theatet, up-and-coming actors and original musicals.

Don't see it if You prefer shows with good acting, writing, lyrics, and a set.

Confusing, Cliched, Insipid, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if you're willing to sit through a terrible show to see truly talented actors commit themselves all the way despite bad material.

Don't see it if you really want to see a Southern Gothic Thriller Musical. Cause it wasn't southern, gothic, thrilling in any way and the music, well, ouch.

Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to see an original small production

Don't see it if you prefer a more mature production

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want to have fun

Don't see it if you are tired

Confusing, Slow, Incomplete

See it if You have a friend in the show. Don't mind a show where the supporting cast are WAY more enjoyable than the leads.

Don't see it if You want a finished product. Great premise, just not fleshed out yet. Poorly directed, for sure. Characters need to be developed more.

Also There were 3 characters I adored because they seemed to know what they... Read more Read less

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