The Invention of Tragedy

The Invention of Tragedy NYC Reviews and Tickets

(15 Reviews)
Members say
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Clever

About the Show

This absurdist work about a chorus of students trying trying like the devil to tell a simple story offers an examination of the post-9/11 world. Part of the Flea's "Mac Wellman: Perfect Catastrophes" series.

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (15)

Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Profound, Absurdist

See it if Nonsense poetry conveyed with strong feelings & expressions. Remarkable acting & directing. Uniquely creative experience.

Don't see it if You don't like weird absurdist plays. You need to make sense out of the spoken words. Delightfully playful, but meanders, w/o much plot. Read more

Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see simple spectacle on stage but not really understand it. It's out there! But moments are interesting and funny.

Don't see it if you want to understand what you are seeing. Some things resonate, other things- who knows???

Critic Reviews (6)

September 25th, 2019

"In ‘Invention of Tragedy,’ Wordplay Over Plotlines: Mac Wellman’s ode to theater does away with character and basic grammar. Here, language baffles and delights."
Read more

September 22nd, 2019

"Mac Wellman's mini-masterpiece 'THE INVENTION OF TRAGEDY' at The Flea Theater"
Read more

October 10th, 2019

"Seeing 'The Invention of Tragedy,' certain names went through my head, such as John Ashbery and Edith Sitwell, poets who preferred the sounds of words over their meanings; it's certainly an approach, although whether it really works in a theatrical setting is debatable."
Read more

September 24th, 2019

"On a school auditorium’s stage, young adults portray children as they perform Mac Wellman’s abstract fantasia with slight political overtones. Devotees of his idiosyncratic style may be enchanted while anyone else could be baffled. Brevity, playfulness and presentational polish are its virtues."
Read more

September 29th, 2019

"The piece, at first, dives head first into the idea of group dynamics, when the whole follows aggressively behind the central talking-head, like a pack of nervous dogs repeating Fox News talking points."
Read more

September 21st, 2019

"There are three ways of looking at 'The Invention of Tragedy' that offer some satisfactions - as a political parable, as a metaphor for Western theater, or as entertaining nonsense full of such surface pleasures as colorful design, pleasing music and an appealing cast."
Read more

Watch This Next (15)

Must See!
10K+ Reviews
Opens Sep 14
NYC: Midtown W

This hip-hop infused tuner about America's founding fathers won 11 Tony Awards inc. Best Musical.

Must See!
20K+ Reviews
Opens Sep 14
NYC: Midtown W

In its 17th year, this all-ages musical spectacle tells the untold true story of the Witches of Oz.

Must See!
3K+ Reviews
Opens Sep 21
NYC: Midtown W

A charming true story of a tiny Canadian town that cared for 7000 grounded travelers post-9/11.