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The Lucky Ones

From 71 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious, Edgy

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (71)


Great singing, Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious, Edgy

Cliched, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Great singing

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.

Ambitious, Great singing, Disappointing, Disjointed, Minor

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.

Also This story is clearly deeply personal to the artists, but it lacks uni... Read more Read less

During previews
Overlong, Overwrought, Overambitious

See it if you enjoy overlong plays/musicals that are in desperate need of editing. This one is way too long. Needs at least a good 30 minutes cut.

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable in overlong situations. Also, if you don't like theatre that pushes boundaries.

Also The premise is very interesting; however, the execution needs cutting ... Read more Read less

March 31st, 2018
"The songwriting, though feelingful, does not yet seem complex enough structurally to handle the size and depth of the action it must portray...The music has a pleasantly droning quality that forestalls harmonic development. The ruminative, repetitive lyrics similarly stunt the drama...Kauffman’s...
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April 1st, 2018
"Scratch any family history, and you’re bound to draw some blood. Abigail Bengson's childhood experience has more than most...Harrowing...A teen bacchanal, thrillingly choreographed by Sonya Tayeh, culminates in a cozy romance-but not for long...Tragedy that ensues, but nothing in this story is t...
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March 31st, 2018
"There's an intoxicating quality to the Bengsons' music...The entire cast gives passionate performances...It is possible to appreciate the virtuosity on display even if you don't really buy the Bengsons' consistently on-brand folksy fabulism (which I didn't)...Stripped of its soul-stirring music ...
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April 9th, 2018
"The Bengsons have once again supplied a brace of distinctive indie-folk tunes matched with probing lyrics that illuminate the family's oddball, self-invented way of life...If 'Hundred Days' came across as an evasive, even self-indulgent work, 'The Lucky Ones' is an almost foolhardy act of braver...
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