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The Talmud

From 11 member  reviews
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. More…

From the show:

Featuring innovative production design, kung-fu films, and rabbinic law, THE TALMUD is a confounding exploration of sacred wisdom and how ancient traditions survive the dangerous journey across generations. The Law of Sicarii Did not Apply…

1h 15m | Already closed | The DOXSEE (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (11)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow
75
Avg Score

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

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.

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...

Also develop into a cooler piece, but, given that it was pitched as a mashu... Read more Read less

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

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

Also Both Jewish and Chinese cultures are known for offering wisdom for lif... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also I enjoy multidisciplinary story telling, and this piece would fit in a... Read more Read less

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).

Also The show is a physical rendering of Talmudic method meets Kung Fu. It'... Read more Read less

69
Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky, Confusing, Clever

See it if You want to see the Talmud come to life

Don't see it if Religious texts bore you

88
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to experience an immersive show to deepen your appreciation and knowledge of the oddities and uniqueness of the Talmud.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate shows that make you reconsider your previously held opinions regarding some of the most famous Gemara excerpts.

Also I was really impressed at how the show reenacts the long-form, repetit... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Beautifully staged, Well-played, Multi-media, Athletic, Handsome

See it if you would like to experience a multimedia gloss on some diverse verses from the Jewish religious texts known as the Talmud.

Don't see it if you are expecting a religious experience: This one remains pretty thoroughly esthetic.

Also I was kind of delighted with “The Talmud” from beginning to end: But n... Read more Read less


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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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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