Ars Nova presents indie-music duo The Bengsons ('Hundred Days') spinning a memory-tale of teenaged passion, ideals lived to the limits, family shattered and faith lost — all in hope of finding a way home again. More…
Through soulful electro-folk songs, this driving, semi-autobiographical story grabs joy and grief with the same hand and holds them tightly, in a radical affirmation of being alive.
See it if Autobiographical musical about an extended family that suffers a tragedy. Beautifully performed songs with intense feeling. Sad but real.
Don't see it if You want a more uplifting experience. This is a 2 1/2 hour show that drags in the second half. It's at its best during the songs.
See it if you enjoy a different type of musical with indie rock music and a deeply personal story. There are a lot of great songs and creative staging
Don't see it if you don't like indie rock music or don't like shows that deal with real life family tragedies.
See it if you like the Bengsons, indy music and a fascinating story that is based on reality.
Don't see it if you can't sit through a long show (over 2.5 hours) that becomes repetitive and could use a lot of editing. This play could have been great.
See it if Indie musical (banjo, accordion, electric guitar, etc.) of a hippy family that encounters a tragedy. Slightly rough around the edges.
Don't see it if Indie / folk music isn't your thing. Mental health / death is triggering
See it if You're interested in a soul-baring musical show accompanied by great choreography & a riveting story. This may be the most honest show ever.
Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play - this is not that. But it would be hard not to be swept away by its emotion and intensity.
See it if You enjoy podcasts such as This American Life, Radiolab, Invisibilia, etc. It has a very similar feel, especially the last third.
Don't see it if You dislike folk/indie scores. You are looking for a "light" show.
See it if Wonderful singing, moving story of the disintegration of a loving oddball family. Humorous and sad, sometimes love is not enough.
Don't see it if No sets to speak of, fourth wall comes and goes, definitely indie, off-off broadway fare.
See it if You enjoy strong folksy female vocalists, if you are comfortable with ups, downs & painful consequences, if you want to consider redemption
Don't see it if You are looking for something feel good or light - this has light / fun moments but ultimately it's a sad family story
See it if you're a Bengsons fan (this is more successful than Hundred Days at NYTW); you're interested in new music theatre forms or electro-folk
Don't see it if you expect all rough edges smoothed out (still has workshop feel to it, & some elements are more successful than others; some need pruning)
See it if you like creative shows with indie infused music. Talanted cast and some interesting staging ideas. Not the Bengsons’ best though.
Don't see it if The story is too long and feels disjointed at times. This negatively affects music and the production as a whole. Abigail is too emotional.
See it if you liked Hundred Days; very similar structure and semi-autobiographical setup. Engaging storyline and solid vocals.
Don't see it if you cannot embrace the tagline "Everything in this story is true. Even the parts that didn't happen." That murky area is the crux of it.
See it if you're interested in non-traditional musicals that are based on indie-folk music and real life stories
Don't see it if you're looking for a light or classic musical
See it if You love strong story-telling, near-immersive theatre, BEAUTIFUL music, deeply emotional stories.
Don't see it if You struggle with themes of family violence or descriptions of physical violence. You prefer straight plays/musicals, not a combination.
See it if you enjoy non-traditional theatre, multi-genre scores, and raw, honest storytelling performed by a terrific ensemble
Don't see it if you are only a fan of traditional theatre or prefer standard showtunes to folk-rock
See it if you love the Bengsons, Sonya Tayeh, and great choral arrangements (the choral work was wonderful).
Don't see it if you find autobiographical therapy sessions to be self-indulgent or if you mind a musical turning into a cabaret act after intermission.
See it if you love the Bengsons, are a fan of documentary style theatre, want to see an ambitious, not fully successful, musical experiment.
Don't see it if you want a consistent storytelling format, or are looking for something with depth beyond minor personal tragedy.
See it if You like downtown theater focusing on autobiographical storylines and great live music in a cool space.
Don't see it if You want something like a classic musical or don’t want to feel passionate intimate performances by great artists
See it if You love very modern, edgy musicals with great choreography, incredible vocal arrangements and captivating storytelling elements.
Don't see it if You can’t deal with a work in progress. The second act needs work and doesn’t live up to the energy of act one.
See it if you're interested in a touching autobio concert-musical that combines elements of folk, rock & electronic music by two exciting talents.
Don't see it if you prefer a more classic structure or sound to your musical theater.
See it if You love live music, incredibly connected performers, astonishing staging and dancing, moving theater that gets to the very core of life
Don't see it if You don't like folky, rock music, don't want to be surrounded by amazing performers, not interested in vital, moving theater
See it if you love a performer who gives her heart and soul to her work. Great ensemble, orginal storytelling, inventive, seemless staging.
Don't see it if don't want to go to the east village off the beaten path or if you are looking conventional theater.
See it if you love original takes on the musical form. I was absolutely mesmerized. Amazing songs. Heartwrenching performances
Don't see it if You need light song & dance spectacles. This is heavy but so so worth it. Wow.
See it if This is not your traditional musical -- see it if you want something new. Wonderful signing and music.
Don't see it if you want a traditional musical.