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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
Avg Score

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

During previews
Bengsons' talent is undeniable... distinct sound and soul!

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"...

During previews
Uneven, Explosive first act, Indulgent second act

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

During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Intense, Intelligent, Masterful

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Dizzying, Refreshing

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.

Also The music, as usual, is brilliant. The choreography is spellbinding. T... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great singing

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

During previews
Absorbing, Epic, Great singing, Intense, Beautiful

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

During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing, Intense, Thought-provoking

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

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Intense

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".

Also This is a very good show that requires the small theatre that is in (P... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Amazing sound

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.

Also This has all the high quality content and emotion of a tumultuous most... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Must see, Masterful

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

Also An intimate invitation to get to know Abigail Benson and her very unus... Read more Read less

During previews
Epic, Masterful, Riveting

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

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.

During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Emotional, Epic, Must see

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.

Also This blends so many genres of storytelling (concert, rock opera, and e... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Profound, Intense, Edgy

See it if Like out of the box story telling. Great singer/songwriter. Engaging story on the edgy side.

Don't see it if you don't like unpleasant stories and need "happy"

During previews
Clever, Epic, Great staging, Intense, Profound

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.

Also Everything from the choreography, the set, and the lights make this a ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Quirky, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you like the bengsons. This is like Hundred Days but better. A much bigger cast, more theatrical, but the same great rock/americana music

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, or rock music

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Profound

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

During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Edgy, Resonant, Intense

See it if you enjoy indie/rock music, experimental work, or work that makes you think long after you’ve seen it.

Don't see it if you cannot handle shows about family issues & unresolved endings

During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy great singing and human drama told through rapturous music

Don't see it if you prefer light, fluffy fare with limited human touch.

During previews
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Confusing

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.

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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