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 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 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.