Ends Nov 24 | Upper W Side

The Rise And Fall Of Macondo

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

About the show

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio offers a new physical theater performance inspired by on Gabriel García Márquez's magnum opus "One Hundred Years of Solitude." More…

From the show:

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio cordially invites you to The Rise And Fall Of Macondo, a theatrical performance inspired by Gabriel García Márquez's magnum opus One Hundred Years of Solitude. Staged by acclaimed director Aleksey Burago and featuring the studio ensemble, embark upon a magical and sleepless journey in South America and see the birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family.


Member Reviews (12)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious
81
Avg Score

65
Weak plot & characters, Absurdist, Physical, Farcical, Third person narration

See it if Amusement with the grand sweep & folly of life. Sexual antics, births, violence & death for a family’s 7 generations. Fun choreography.

Don't see it if Dancers in lingerie can’t sustain a 2+ hour show without much plot or character depth. Narration of 3rd person text from the book. Shouting.

86
Quirky, Masterful, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You'd like to see a remarkable staging of Marquez with a super talented troupe of energetic appealing actirs

Don't see it if You want a coherent straightforward play or plot. This is a magical rendering of a new vision of a classic novel.

Also I read the synopsis of the book before going, since I somewhat escaped... Read more Read less

69
Great cast fills solo roles & group moments w/ joy!, Hilarious, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if If U find the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez a bit daunting then this lively production of ...MACONDO may spur U to try again. Funny too

Don't see it if Skip if characters with impossibly long names bother you, or actors playing multiple characters & switching between solo & group performance

Also If you like lovely ladies, much moreso than usual at the Russian Arts ... Read more Read less

72
Messy, Energetic,, Unique,

See it if you want to see a merry band of actors embrace a show, a director's vision and the work itself.

Don't see it if you expect to understand a whole lot of what's going on.

Also Diction was a very real problem for me - even sitting in the first row... Read more Read less

84
Raunchy, Clever, Epic, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like 3 hours of an epic story very creatively acted & performed. Tip top direction. There is a lot of histrionics, Shouting, high energy

Don't see it if Show drags in parts was a bit too long but masterful performances and sexy women and rousing songs save the day.Seen the group before v good

78
The cast is inspiring, Ambitious, Dizzying, Clever

See it if Plot very difficult to follow given multiple characters with bizarre folk lore story - born with a pig's tail- but sit back and enjoy spirit

Don't see it if Off Broadway with bare essentials, with winding story lines that may lose you, yet different, with an immensely charismatic cast.

50
Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you’re into the art of clowning and no followable story line

Don't see it if I left at intermission I couldn’t take any more of a conflict and drama free experience. It felt like watching an acting cult do a show.

96
Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Epic

See it if You enjoy a bit of physicality in theater! This show has actors playing multiple characters as well as inanimate objects!

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a quiet, pensive show. There’s an underscoring soundtrack and highly dynamic movements on every moment.

97
Riveting, Epic, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if You enjoy high energy physicality on stage, seeing actors play multiple actors and want to experience Marquez’s novel on stage!

Don't see it if If you cannot stand accents—the cast is quite international and sometimes text is not clear. However, the dynamic performances compensate!

94
Delightful, Absorbing, Great writing, Romantic

See it if You know the book, the story and love the hot passion of Latin America! Great adaptation and wonderful acting!

Don't see it if You have never read the book or took time to Wikipedia it! You will be left confused—it’s so much plot lines and characters!

98
Riveting, Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Delightful

See it if By far the most invigorating show I’ve ever seen! It was a whirlwind of energy and the stories unfolded like a family tree! Beautiful songs!

Don't see it if It is a fast paced show and not the kind of show where you will go into details with each character—there are so many!

100
Great acting, Beautiful, Great staging, Physical, Energizing

See it if This is one of my favorite theater companies in NY! With such a low budget they create so much magic, excellent ensemble and director!

Don't see it if Their signature style is plenty of movement, music, and high-temp performances. It can get shouty at times--not for everyone!


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