The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(110 Reviews)
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89%
Mixed
11%
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Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful, Enchanting

About the Show

The McKittrick Hotel (home of the immersive spectacle 'Sleep No More') presents the New York premiere of the National Theatre of Scotland's transporting, music-filled folk-theater fable.

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Fun, Creative, Fresh, Confusing

See it if Fun immersive experience. Creative and out there. Interesting story, whimsical, sometimes surreal. Skillful actors.

Don't see it if The heavy accents plus the convoluted plot makes many of the (fast) twists very confusing. Though the overall experience is a enjoyable one. Read more

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Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Fun, Confusing

See it if You love immersive/interactive theater. McKittrick Hotel does a great job of transporting you into this world from moment you step in. FUN!

Don't see it if The story can get muddled and unfocused at times. There is a lot going on here, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Read more

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
December 13th, 2016

"One hell of a tale…This gleeful import does transport you into infernal eternity. It turns out to be a swell place for a hibernal vacation…All the performers are dab hands with an assortment of instruments, musical styles and instant impersonations. They are also most companionable hosts in the specially outfitted pub through which they wander…It shifts seamlessly from robust silliness to sensual dreaminess, as the mind tends to through the course of successive whiskies."
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Time Out New York
December 13th, 2016

"Perfectly enjoyable even without a chest-warming, peaty buzz…A witty send-up of literary theory and rom-coms that morphs into a real mini-epic of damnation and obsession, ‘Prudencia Hart’ keeps a fine balance between supernatural shocks and Fringe-like silliness. Wilson’s scrappy troupe tears around the room, pulling off audience-interactive shenanigans with adorable aplomb. They sing, they dance, and they risk life and limb on top of cluttered tables for our amusement."
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Entertainment Weekly
December 13th, 2016

"If something is happening at the McKittrick Hotel, it’s probably worth doing. That’s a rule of thumb I’ve lived by since the first time I saw 'Sleep No More,' and it continues to be true with its new immersive theater experience…'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' isn’t your typical holiday fare, but it certainly has the warmth one might crave from the theater on a cold, wintery night."
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Theatermania
December 13th, 2016

"An unforgettable theatrical experience, driven by brave performances and resourceful staging…Greig's playful use of language and magpie instinct toward mythology results in an enchanting story that will stay with you for days after…Luckily, everyone in this excellent five-person cast seems perfectly at ease enacting whatever Greig has written while creating specific and consistent characters."
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BroadwayWorld
December 21st, 2016

"The congenial atmosphere set up by director Wils Wilson replicates a sessions night you might encounter at a local tavern...While the merry antics and sexy melodramatics of 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' can certainly be enjoyed by all, those with an intimate knowledge of Scottish literature and culture will certainly get an extra charge out of the evening."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 14th, 2016

"The first act in particular is rife with lovely turns of phrase...Once Prudencia is in the underworld, poetry is replaced by prose and although the words remain highly literate, the fun is lessened somewhat...While one at times wonders what the point of Prudencia's story may be, it is undeniably entertaining to watch this gifted, nimble cast work the room, acting, playing musical instruments, and occasionally commandeering one of the audience's tables to make a point."
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TheaterScene.net
December 23rd, 2016

"As accomplished and entertaining as this Satanic, Scottish, musical tall tale is, it’s drawn out and its slender plot is wayward...The dialogue is often comical and flavorful...The pub performance concept, though marvelously presented, at times sidetracks the plot. With all of the singing and actors all over the place, it’s easy to forget about Prudencia Hart...Ultimately, it’s a great deal of merriment without much dramatic impact."
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Theater Pizzazz
December 13th, 2016

"An energetic, ingenious and gob-smacking evening of site-specific theater that won’t soon be forgotten...The cast are multi-instrumentalists who also sing, dance and act up a storm...Playwright Grieg has crafted a rather brilliant performance piece based on folklore and an abundance of cultural references...Director Wils Wilson has deftly woven this superb tapestry of movement, acting, and much more, with superb skill...Simply a darn good time."
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CurtainUp
December 16th, 2016

"An immersive entertainment featuring five talented performers equally adept at clowning and music...The plot is silly but diverting...After that break in the action, 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' loses steam. In part, the problem can be attributed to the script's transition from zippy verse to prose that's decidedly prosaic. But it's also that the preoccupations of small-beer academicians don't justify two hours of ridicule."
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Daily Beast
December 13th, 2016

"The show is many things: satirical, absurd, a literary parlor game, a crazy surf through folkloric history, and a wild and celebratory slice of storytelling-as-art.... Your capacity to embrace this show will depend on your capacity for absurdity, wild silliness, and literary in-jokes. Free shots of whiskey may help...The sheer energy of the performers is all-enveloping...It takes great skill to be this silly, and to do it with such heart and relish."
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NorthJersey.com
December 14th, 2016

"Under the direction of Wils Wilson, the first act is breezy and convivial…In the evening’s second half, things take a turn for the metaphorical, with the terms of engagement switching from the narrative to the dramatic, and the proceedings hit a speed bump…But thanks to the effervescent cast, the show doesn’t entirely lose its momentum, and eventually regains its devil-may-care form."
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 20th, 2014
For a previous production

"Greig writes fluently in rhyming couplets...Though determinedly spoofy, the text also exhibits immense respect and affection for its satiric targets...Wilson’s deceptively unfussy production deftly distracts from the complexity of the show’s many threads, and the game cast appears well-drilled yet up for anything...A persistently entertaining bricolage of themes that only flags in invention in the perhaps overextended climax, notably less inspired than anything in the hours preceding."
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The Washington Post
November 18th, 2012
For a previous production

"Whimsical in the extreme...But with a wee bit of indulgence, 'Prudencia Hart' will weave its spell, drawing you in as a willing collaborator in its multitudinous shenanigans...A lot of the charm of 'Prudencia Hart' derives from the unorthodox surroundings in which it is staged. The actors circulate among us, climbing onto our tables...The production is buoyed by the resourcefulness of director Wils Wilson, who makes economical use of limited space and design elements."
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The Guardian (UK)
July 16th, 2013
For a previous production

"The narrative sometimes loses focus, but the evening has plenty of musical swagger and wild poetic heart, and develops an unexpected erotic charge as Prudencia dances with the devil and discovers her real self in car park. This beautifully performed piece both uses the ballad form and sends it up rotten, takes a cheeky but affectionate swipe at Rabbie Burns and Conor McPherson, and celebrates the folk tradition...It deserves to tour for eternity."
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Financial Times (UK)
July 16th, 2013
For a previous production

"The piece brilliantly celebrates the joy of live, traditional music, the enduring power of ancient ballads and the delight in sharing the telling of a story. Wils Wilson’s exuberant production is staged in the bar as a lock-in, with a cracking cast...The piece loses some pace and grip in the Devil’s lair and the drunken karaoke scene goes on too long. But there’s great fun in the way this ingenious exploration of Scottish culture crosses borders with glee."
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T
May 23rd, 2016
For a previous production

"After an extended pub sequence, in what still seems a slightly overlong show, 'Prudencia' finds something both more thrilling and much, much worse, in the Borders B&B from hell. It’s at this point that the show begins to weave itself into a strange erotic game of imprisonment and self-liberation that taxes Wilson’s fine cast of five actor-singer-musicians to the hilt. The company are well up to the challenge, though...They whip the show along to its fantastically rousing conclusion."
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T
February 15th, 2014
For a previous production

"A great drink will satisfy for many reasons, and so it is with 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart:' the go-for-broke enthusiasm of the cast, the infectious music-making, the astoundingly clever and delightful script penned almost completely in rhyming couplets, the playful theatricality that makes audience members into motorbikes and creates blizzards out of shredded bar napkins. And like that great drink, it may just leave you intoxicated."
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W
November 19th, 2012
For a previous production

"The novel setting and raucous disregard for the fourth wall are hardly the only things that make this memorable show so wildly entertaining...'Prudencia' cleverly weaves together handed-down mythical narratives, rustic, beautiful harmonies and verse, and the jovial liveliness of an evening spent with old friends at the corner watering hole...The five-person cast radiates authenticity...The second act is a bit jarring...a lone distraction in an otherwise captivating production."
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A Younger Theatre
July 16th, 2013
For a previous production

"Greig’s dialogue is clever, unpacking tradition, with an ear for humour and shrewd composition...Yet if there’s anything that makes the night so alive, it’s the wonderful dynamism of the play’s cast of five. They move through the crowd, fueling their interaction, performing folk songs and pop music between all the action...With Alasdair Macrae’s music, and Wils Wilson’s direction, 'Prudencia’s' a joy from its very inception...I emerged from the theatre exultant, enchanted."
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