The Talmud
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The Talmud
75

The Talmud NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(11 Reviews)
Positive
73%
Mixed
27%
Negative
0%
Members say
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow

About the Show

Meta-Phys Ed.'s "The Talmud" is a genre-bending performance that draws from a century of Chinese martial arts cinema, and, a single chapter of The Talmud--a 5th century text of Rabbinic Judaism.

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Member Reviews (11)

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746 Reviews | 124 Followers
70
Intense, Epic, Confusing, Incomprehensible, Exquisitely executed

See it if an exquisitely executed performance connecting the seemingly unrelated forms of Talmud and Chinese martial arts appeals to you.

Don't see it if content clarity means more to you than performance. While significant thought went into the development, necessary exposition was left out.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
76
Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Hypnotic, lush production design & seductive soundscape provide the greatest enjoyments in this edgy Talmud/Martial Arts juxtapositioning

Don't see it if Excerpts from the Talmud, often dense & complex are further hindered by over amplification of the actors Yet text/movement combo captivates

347 Reviews | 100 Followers
67
Confusing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you have a deep knowledge of the minutiae of Jewish scripture and are interested in seeing it brought to life... Kind of

Don't see it if you're looking for structure, plot, or interesting choreography. There was some cool production design here, and I can see how this might... Read more

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205 Reviews | 61 Followers
70
Gorgeous, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if into a dance/spoken-word piece mixing 2 cultures

Don't see it if you need your performance-art to have depth Read more

121 Reviews | 19 Followers
77
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you are interested in the Talmud, kung-fu, and a completely believable idea of how they might converge; you want to be surprised by theater

Don't see it if You prefer a conventional play with a linear plot, you don't like mash-ups of different traditions

50 Reviews | 8 Followers
50
Indulgent, Excruciating, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you are adventurous about theatre that is more interested in concept and theatricality than in traditional story-telling and sensibilities.

Don't see it if you require a more traditional approach to story-telling and theatrical presentation; you want to understand what is going on up there.

48 Reviews | 10 Followers
86
Edgy, Confusing, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy multidisciplinary story telling.

Don't see it if Looking for traditional theatre piece / straight story telling. Read more

9 Reviews | 4 Followers
95
Technological, Fluid, Intelligent, Deep, Compelling

See it if You enjoy multi-cultural + technologically innovative + fluid + physical + weird (in a good way) theater.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy ambiguity in a narrative or an abstract plot (where the beginning, middle, and end are hard to differentiate). Read more

Critic Reviews (2)

Theatre is Easy
September 16th, 2019

"This ambitious work moves at a dizzying pace, and combines new technology with traditional stagecraft…Many things feel significant, but it is rarely clear just what that significance is…Further, for a self-described kung fu-inspired show, there isn't much martial arts movement."
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New York Theater
September 14th, 2019

"Talmudic scholars and kung fu movie fans will both find something familiar in this singular hour-long hybrid …I could discern little connection at any given moment between what the performers were saying and how they were moving....[yet] an exquisitely eerie hour of theater."
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