The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart NYC Reviews and Tickets

(110 Reviews)
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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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876 Reviews | 903 Followers
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

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
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

539 Reviews | 1873 Followers
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An exceptional show. So clever and smart. Great performances. Original!! A special experience at the McKittrick. Don't miss this one.

Don't see it if You need traditional proscenium style theater. You lack imagination and wit.

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
Disappointing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Silly, Quirky

See it if Cross between Phantom of the Opera (work obsessed girl), Monty Python (silly humor) and Sleep No More. Good music and atmosphere but

Don't see it if scenes dragged on without enough substance. Other people seemed to enjoy it but I felt disconnected.

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing

See it if traditional ballads or strange love stories appeal. An ancient story celebrated in song set in current time. Marvelous Sit at central tables

Don't see it if Celtic music makes you cover your ears. The music is loud, cheerful and is played throughout the entire show.

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
Seeing a very clever/silly play that works both high and low is a hoot

See it if 4 wicked satirization academic culture; hilarious script in verse; immersive/ interactive theater-bar setting; mood-setting Scottish ballads

Don't see it if some will be put off by Scottish absurdity; after 2 beautiful hours, play spins completely out of control the last 20 minutes Read more

533 Reviews | 488 Followers
Great staging, Absorbing, Enchanting, Inventive, Lovely

See it if you enjoy fun scrappy inventive theater, with some wonderful surprises.

Don't see it if you find rhyming verse tedious.

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like unusual theatrical experiences, and Scottish storytelling by talented musician/actor/singers; You are part of the action

Don't see it if You do not like taverns and being close to the performers; Have no sense of adventure; Cannot participate in the fun for one night 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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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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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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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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