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 want to see what musical theatre could be and want to see someone push the form.
Don't see it if You want to sit there and not be moved or involved or invested in anything happen on stage.
See it if you like Ars Nova productions and are looking for a musical that's moving the art form forward. More developed than Hundred Days but similar
Don't see it if you don't like experimental theatre or documentary theater.
See it if you like folk music, gorgeous dancing, insane vocalists, and aren't put off by the fact that the show takes itself very, very seriously.
Don't see it if you're looking for something light or simple. It's a dark story and doesn't do much to cut that darkness for 2.5 hours.
See it if you like the bengson’s music/you liked a hundred days. you like exciting music or semi autobiographical shows.
Don't see it if you don’t care for loud music, non traditional storytelling, non traditional dance, or a shift in narrative and style.
See it if you love folksy story-telling with great music and voices. You enjoy powerful stories about family and appreciate less traditional musicals.
Don't see it if you don't like breaking the 4th wall, or would hate by a story of how mental illness tore a family apart, told on stage as therapy.
See it if you like intimate theater, soul stirring singing, the 90s, or unconventional staging.
Don't see it if you expect a traditional show - this one is unique.
See it if A powerful personal story told with imagination and great music by a flawless ensemble in an iconic venue. Powerfully thoughtful and moving
Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional musical.
See it if you like new work, intimate spaces, eclectic music, pseudo-documentarian style quirky choreography.
Don't see it if you don't like indie folk style music or direct address or if you like traditional storytelling.
See it if You enjoy intense story lines, diving deeply into characters, folk music, quirky productions
Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional theater experience, don't like loud music, or if mental illness disturbs you.
See it if You like hybrid performance art / traditional theater, this is somewhere in between. If you can hang in for ups and downs - leaves you sad
Don't see it if You are looking for raucus fun or light heartedness - there are moments like that in the first act but somber for much of the play
See it if You like a folk inflected indie-rock beat with a pretty dark (if at times funny) story and you're OK with a non-traditional musical form.
Don't see it if You want something lighter with an upbeat vibe and/or if you're looking for a traditional musical form
See it if you are mentally, physically, and emotionally ready to see one of the most profound musical works ever composed onstage.
Don't see it if you don't wanna cry.
See it if you like unconventional musicals, stories of dysfunctional families, and artfully told intrigue and real events from the one who lived them.
Don't see it if very intense stories of personal tragedies, cults, and murder are not your thing, and you prefer the endings of shows to be clear cut.
See it if you enjoy captivating lyrics and melodies that accompany a heart wrenching, true emotional journey full of passion and life.
Don't see it if you prefer big theatrical singing and dancing numbers with elaborate sets and tap dancing. This show is raw and stripped down.
See it if Bengsens are extremely talented and the music is beautiful. The story is very personal and intense. I look forward to what they do next.
Don't see it if You don’t feel like a depressing evening with lovely music.
See it if It's a fabulous combination of drama, music, dancing and humor, Truly captivating!
Don't see it if There are some emotional triggers around family tragedy that could be hard to view. Some sexual conduct, but mild.
See it if you're familiar with the Bengsons; you enjoy very personal storytelling told & sung by original voices in a unique theatre-concert setting.
Don't see it if you'll be turned off by a hipster rock opera (Act I) that turns into a rather dour dysfunctional family therapy session (Act II).
See it if you like musicals that push the form into other genres (is it a play? a concert? a podcast?) and explore dark subject matter gracefully.
Don't see it if you think all musicals should be sunshine and rainbows all the time.