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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
Avg Score

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You are a fan of Paul Pinto. Which I am. Even still I honestly have no idea what this show was about or why it even existed.

Don't see it if You are expecting theater or opera. This is an acid trip at a fine art gallery. Except slow and without the joy.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if You're looking for something new, refreshing and inventive

Don't see it if Youre looking for a traditional opera.

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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