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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious, Edgy
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Avg Score

100
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

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.

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

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.

Also "Everything in this story is true. Even the parts that didn't happen."... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Intense, Indulgent, Great staging, Ambitious

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.

83
Ambitious, Great singing, Profound, Resonant

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.

74
Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent, Intense, Disappointing

See it if if you like the Bengsons, complex music and a complex story that's a fascinating tell-all.

Don't see it if you are looking for an uplifting experience.

Also The show starts out great with wonderful characterizations, scenes and... Read more Read less

90
Exquisite, Intense, Authentic, Dark, Great singing

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.

72
Great singing, Overrated, Slow, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if This duo's music. See it for its interesting first act.

Don't see it if If you want a traditional musical.

100
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.

100
Ambitious, Resonant, Great staging

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.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Riveting, Great staging

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.

78
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Also The show is worth seeing for just the choreography. The music and acti... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Entertaining, Uneven

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

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great singing, Intelligent

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

Also This is a compelling show and Abigail Benson (the female half of The B... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing, Intense

See it if You prefer concert-style musicals with edgy atmosphere folk-grunge music.

Don't see it if You want a taste of lighter theater or more conventional acting/drama.

Also The first two acts are masterfully crafted and make the show enjoyable... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you like non-traditional musicals that touch on the human spirit.

Don't see it if you need an old-time classic Broadway musical.

Also At the heart of this show are The Bengsons music and Sonya Teyeh's cho... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Must see

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.

80
Riveting, Profound, Intense, Great singing

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.

80
Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Edgy

See it if You like indie rock music, emotions, and story.

Don't see it if You want traditional theatre and want a perfectly polished show

82
Ambitious, Sad

See it if GrEaT MuSiC, ReMiNdEd me oF 100 DaYs or ShamElEss as A puRe TrAgiC DraMa

Don't see it if if you want to be in a happy mood when you leave

100
Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Must see

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.

99
Profound, Absorbing, Great singing, Intense, Refreshing

See it if If you are sick of cynicism and want to face humanity’s demons while still loving humans.

Don't see it if You basically dislike people.

Also Gorgeous music and choreography and a script that has come a long way ... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Great singing, Edgy, Indulgent, Intense

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.

100
Clever, Great singing, Intelligent, Must see, Refreshing

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.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Intense, Indulgent, Great singing, Honest

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).

Also If you know the Bengsons, this show covers similar ground and characte... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Engaging, Great music, Great writing, Surprising, Magnetic

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.


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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