This is Why We Live
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This is Why We Live
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This is Why We Live NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(10 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
10%
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Members say
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining

About the Show

Combining physical theater, live music and clown; two actors and a cellist bring to life the ironic and astonishing poetry of Nobel Prize-winning poet Wisława Szymborska.

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Member Reviews (10)

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764 Reviews | 212 Followers
83
Intelligent, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you would enjoy 19 vignettes based around poetry, wonderfully brought to life by two actors/dancers/reciters accompanied by a solo cellist.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play - this is performance art with some foreign language, most of which is interpreted on screen in English.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
70
Creative, Slow, Pensive, Artistic, Quirky

See it if Talented performances by the cellist and clown-dancers. Creative interpretations of the poems. Humorous and a bit morbid.

Don't see it if I guess I wasn’t a big fan of the poetry. After a while, I found it boring. Especially when it got existentialist & self-deprecating.

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
75
Poetic, Lovely musical accompaniment, Multi-lingual, Physical, Absorbing

See it if you might like a pleasant evening of choreographed responses to several quirky, concrete yet philosophical poems of a Nobel prize winner.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play. Read more

383 Reviews | 103 Followers
86
Wimpy direction, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see performance art done at it's finest.

Don't see it if you want a curated show to true to the intent of author and not suppressed by the fears of the director. Read more

223 Reviews | 110 Followers
98
Universal meaning & humor, Embodiment of poetic genius

See it if you love poetry & will enjoy a theatrical delivery of 21 works by laureate Wisława Szymborska, so full-bodied it brings her back to life.

Don't see it if you dislike poetry, multilingual readings (English, French & Polish, w/ supertitles), mime, interaction w/ audience. 80 minutes Read more

211 Reviews | 121 Followers
84
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Show w/grt act abt the poems of NobelPrize win W Szymborska. Coreo music&minimalist set all work seamlessly w/exquisite poems abt ppl &life.

Don't see it if not fond of performing arts in SOME transl foreign lang;however another reaso to see show is to open up to a multicultural unique experience Read more

203 Reviews | 78 Followers
94
Fly why

See it if You want an entirely new theatrical experience which downplays characters.

Don't see it if You hate artsy, avant garde work and cello playing. Read more

181 Reviews | 81 Followers
75
Great cellist, accomplished dancers, Whimsy sometimes tips over into cutesy, Multilingual multimedia response to symborska

See it if a brief (80 min) attempt at theatricalizing the ironic elegance of the Polish Nobelist through movement, music and dramatic recitation

Don't see it if perhaps wisely, doesn't attempt to limn Symborska's essential darker aspects Read more

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