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Thomas Paine in Violence

From 27 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Slow, Dizzying

About the show

HERE Arts Center presents this electronic, psychedelic opera-sermon set in a cosmic radio station in the afterlife of the Thomas Paine, the Founding Father and international activist. More…

In 'Thomas Paine in Violence,' Paine struggles to broadcast a message of economic justice amidst a whirlwind of lightning-quick singing, autotuned shock-jockery, gadgets, voices, instruments, and sonic chaos.

Member Reviews (27)


Confusing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Slow, Dizzying

Entertaining, Dizzying, Confusing, Energetic, Edgy

See it if You enjoy performance art or shows that come at you loud and in your face. The performances are full of energy and interesting.

Don't see it if You expect to learn anything about Thomas Paine or experience any of his many profound quotes. This is more about interesting performance.

Also I will freely admit that I maybe just didn’t “get” this show. It would... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if you like non-traditional music theater.

Don't see it if you want a linear plot or traditionally structured songs.

Confusing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Unnecessary

See it if You really like abstract interpretations of early American philosopher’s work, being confused, and avant-garde theater.

Don't see it if You like shows with coherent threads of plot, shows that serve a purpose beyond fulfilling the randomest of ideas, or that are entertaining.

Also I loved Paul Pinto in The Great Comet, but this show was odd and a lit... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Slow, Intense

See it if You enjoy avant garde theatre that you at times find difficult to fully understand.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive and understandable story line.

Also The staging was very interesting and I could see the value in it, but ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Slow

See it if You like experimental theater and don’t mind not understanding what is going on.

Don't see it if You are expecting anything with dramatic action or even a plot.

Also I appreciated the work that went into this production and was truly im... Read more Read less

November 13th, 2017
"The incomparable La Barbara has a presence that’s both enigmatic and regal...Occasionally, I felt lost in a flood of information and sensory stimuli. Fortunately there are enough moments of substance that can pull one back from these distractions...It's a thoughtful piece that entertains before ...
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November 14th, 2017
"It’s a haunting performance, one that causes us to lean in and demands attention be paid...Pinto and Burkhardt do right by never taking the material too seriously or talking down to their audience and there is an enormous amount of fun to be had...What starts out seeming like an amusing vocal ex...
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