Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Wildness

From 24 member  reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Original, Quirky, Entertaining, Edgy

About the show

Ars Nova, in collaboration with The Play Company, presents a new rock fairy tale that explores faith and doubt featuring indie-pop band Sky-Pony. More…

Sky-Pony is known for its highly theatrical live shows. This world premiere takes their unique aesthetic one step further, delivering a narrative-based event that explores the lines between theater, concert and ritual.

1h 30m | Already closed | Ars Nova (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (24)


Enchanting, Original, Quirky, Entertaining, Edgy
Avg Score

Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You like non-traditional theater You want to have fun

Don't see it if You are afraid of knives and blind folds :-) You care if a performance is a play or rock show You like comfy seats removed from the action

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if a whimsical, interactive, thought-provoking rock musical sounds interesting.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows with audience participation or intimate, up-close settings.

Youthful, Great set, Unengaging plot, "just ok" score, Appealing cast

See it if you're ok seeing talented actors and musicians having a great time in a cool space, w/0 a story that makes you care. Some nice moments.

Don't see it if You prefer real stakes; the "fairy-tale" positioning doesn't excuse the dull plot. If you're offended by a very pregnant, prominent belly!

Enchanting, Fuzzy, Quirky, Unmemorable, Tuneful

See it if a scintillatingly played, fetchingly designed, tuneful musical packed into a room small enough to feel like a private party rocks yr world.

Don't see it if a weak story, thin characters, forgettable songs & an overriding tameness will kill your buzz, esp if you aren't into generic rock music.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Original, Refreshing, Pregnant belly deserves its own credit

See it if you like audience interaction, breaking of the fourth wall, a modern - slightly hard to follow fairy tale.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a heavily pregnant person, you don't like loud music or need a definitive plot.

Absorbing, Original, Enchanting, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you like indie rock music and intimate, semi-immersive theatre experiences

Don't see it if you're looking for a true musical. It's more like a concert with a plot

Delightful, Absorbing, Dizzying, Edgy, Must see

See it if you love inventive staging, GREAT singing, original musicals. And/or if you feel a little lost in the world...

Don't see it if intimate (slightly environmental) stagings freak you out, or if you don't like rock musicals.

Dizzying, Great staging, Punk-rocking, Intimate, Enchanting

See it if you've ever felt like an outsider in search of your community; you like fantasy, intimacy, rocking shows, and want to shed a tear or two.

Don't see it if you like complex, linear narratives, naturalistic settings, and can't abide a little earnestness; you don't like being interacted with.

Clever, Enchanting, Original, Quirky, Funny

See it if You enjoy new musicals on the quirkier side

Don't see it if You dislike immersive-esque theatre or modern rock-pop

Exquisite, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky, Riveting

See it if You are adventurous!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable in crowds.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Edgy, Quirky, Original

See it if You are looking for something a little out of the box. Part fairy tale. Part rock show with some audience interaction thrown in there.

Don't see it if If you more classic shows.

Enchanting, Funny, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you have a heart, a soul, nostalgia, a brain, a sense of humor, and/or all of the above.

Don't see it if you don't like rock music and you don't like moving stories.

Confusing, Entertaining, Edgy, Original, Quirky

See it if You like immersive theatre, really good music, and a modern twist on fairy tales.

Don't see it if You dislike interacting with performers, or don't care for visually and aurally loud shows.

Immersive, Blissful, Campy, Fourth wall breaking, Gorgeous

See it if you like fourth wall-obliterating immersive theatre that plays with plot camp beautifully.

Don't see it if experimental musical theatre isn't your thing. Or if you hated the structure of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Edgy, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you long for your favorite rock band to write a musical, Sky-Pony has done just that. You will be welcomed into their Wildness.

Don't see it if you prefer a solid "4th wall" between yourself and performers. Not for those who desire to watch a show without investing themselves.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Resonant, Original, Great staging

See it if you are looking for something quick, immersive, and sentimental.

Don't see it if you are searching for a more traditional, proscenium-based night at the theater.

Energizing, Original, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing

See it if you're down to be woken up by excited performers with extraordinary voices in a non-conventional way of storytelling with music

Don't see it if -you're looking for traditional storytelling or a typical musical format -you like a seamless relationship between the music and the play

Enchanting, Epic, Original, Exquisite, Must see

See it if Fun, energetic great songs with interesting storytelling!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy high energy, flashy FUN shows :P

Resonant, Refreshing, Original, Confusing, Manipulative

See it if you love original rock musicals and radical fairy tales.

Don't see it if you like understanding the meta-story...much is made of the "creation" of the piece, but little meaning or resonance lands. A lot of telling

Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Original

See it if You are into excellent rock music and a story that everyone can relate to -- presented in a non-traditional setting by very talented people

Don't see it if You are looking for a tired and traditional theater experience. This is not theater's for your mom's theater club.

Entertaining, Edgy, Masterful

See it if You love loud and great music and interactive entertainment.

Don't see it if You want a quiet and pensive kind of theatre.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy awesome singers! Engaging - immersive storytelling

Don't see it if You don't enjoy awesome theatricality -

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Relevant

See it if you enjoy live music, fantastical stories

Don't see it if you don't enjoy immersive theatre

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Original, Breaks boundaries

See it if you enjoy theatre that veers away from the conventional. "The Wildness" is definitely a show that breaks the boundaries of musical theatre.

Don't see it if you do not like experimental theatre. Also, if you do like the conventional in your choice of theatre.

February 29th, 2016
"A cross between an exorcism and a wake. The show is also as cuddly as a well-worn plush toy. For in facing down the complexities of being grown-up, which include acknowledging the inevitably of death, 'The Wildness' retreats to the sanctuary of childhood...The production has been smoothly and at...
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March 1st, 2016
"Jarrow's music is earnest, catchy and a whole lot of fun, and the company sings the hell of out of it—particularly the excellent Cooper. But it's forced to do all the emotional heavy lifting. 'The Wildness' hammers its fairly simplistic themes into the ground, all while delivering a predictable,...
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February 29th, 2016
"'The Wildness' just may be the most delightful cult meeting you'll ever attend...Cooper and Worsham make for a mesmerizing pair of heroes, balancing mature performance with the childlike innocence of a game of dress up...As these kiddie games gradually merge with the adult 'reality' the company ...
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March 1st, 2016
"By the time the actors passed around a bag of Jolly Rancher candies for us to share, I felt I had had quite enough sugar for the evening...The members of the band are aces, and the director, Sam Buntrock, skillfully guides the action up and down the runway...So talented is everyone involved that...
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