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 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.
See it if the prequel to the Bengsons' Hundred Days; traumatic events responsible for Abigail's paralyzing fears are uncovered! Raw, dark, emotional
Don't see it if you are uneasy with artistic expression that shares personal family secrets (I wonder if this will bring their splintered family together).
Also "This is a true story, even the parts that never happened"...
See it if You enjoy the bengsens blend of folk rock music. first act mined abilgails story in a fresh exciting dynamic way with immersive performances
Don't see it if The second act seemed like a completely different show-slow and self absorbed. The show goes on way too long. Should be 90 minutes
See it if I loved this show! The music is great as is the cast. It’s complwtely absorbing and felt personally resonant. Brave and. Oundary pushing
Don't see it if If you don’t like personal stories about digging into families’ past histories you might not like it.
See it if you want to revel in the brilliant music of The Bengsons, and experience a visually stunning personal tale in a beautifully funky space.
Don't see it if you dislike hybrid performance styles, psuedo-non-proscenium staging, or non-traditional "musical" scores.
See it if you are a big bengsons fans and loved Hundred Days. A hugely schizophrenic production: awesome lively creative 1st act; boring slow 2nd act
Don't see it if you need a consistent performance without a self indulgent big letdown 2nd act with minimal entertainment value; show should have been 1 act
See it if you saw Hundred Days and want more backstory into Abigail's life and more of a 'play' in the traditional sense AND love the Bengson's music
Don't see it if You want to see something lighthearted and gushy - it hits hard and leaves you feeling empty inside
See it if you want your heart to be ripped out by the honesty and simplicity of the storytelling and the music, you want to take a risk on new theatre
Don't see it if you want fluffy and light-hearted, you want a familiar piece of theatre
See it if you like the Bengsons, you want a surprising storyline, and you enjoy beautiful choral arrangements.
Don't see it if you are annoyed by shows that are trying too hard to be "profound".
See it if you're interested in what the Bengsons have to offer. They always give 110% emotion and commitment to what they do.
Don't see it if you want a completely comprehensive traditional musical.
See it if you wan to hear wonderful, edgy, music with a heart braking story about growing up in a commune-like home with hippie parents.
Don't see it if you're looking for a Disney-style musical
See it if This show is extremely well acted. The dancing and music are so good they would stand alone. The story is riveting and deeply moving.
Don't see it if This is a very heavy subject. Not for children or those who wanted to simply be entertained.
See it if You want to see new musicals not based on material. Great story telling, staging and performances.
Don't see it if Production is young, it has things that will be ironed out, but don’t go if you don’t like New works or developmental works.
See it if you are invested in the future of musical theater. It's like nothing you've ever seen--structurally, stylistically or emotionally.
Don't see it if you aren't open to take the ride with it. The piece shifts, reshapes and takes its time. If you can't relax into that, you may not love it.
See it if a family tragedy told in the most unexpected ways interests you, you liked Hundred Days and want to learn more about the Bengsons.
Don't see it if you are looking for a light hearted, fluffy show.
See it if like folk-rock music, or you're a fan of the Bengson's shows-- this is more of a storytelling concert than a traditional musical
Don't see it if you don't like unconventional storytelling, need an ending which ties everything up neatly
See it if You enjoy superbly sung new folk music and are interested in seeing how this team explores a deep personal trauma theatrically and musically
Don't see it if You want a more focused narrative or take on this issue. The show spends too long repeating itself and skates over moments of conflict.