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From 4 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Absorbing, Intermittently engaging, Stage documentary that depends on familiarity with past, stronger performances, Resonant

About the show

La MaMa presents New York performance artist John Kelly's solo piece based on his 40 years of journal writing. More…

The work theatrically combines Kelly's deeply personal texts with movement, video, music, song, and live drawing into a ‘live memoir’. His experiences within the East Village art scene of the 1980s, gender performance, and the AIDS epidemic, have defined his status as a survivor whose presence challenges the ruptures in our cultural and generational dialogue.


Member Reviews (4)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Absorbing, Intermittently engaging, Stage documentary that depends on familiarity with past, stronger performances, Resonant
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Avg Score

92
Great singing, Resonant, Romantic, Masterful, Quirky

See it if you're interested in John Kelly's work, or downtown performance, or how an artist finds a voice, or how AIDS devastated the arts community.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional play.

Also John Kelly has been a fixture in downtown theater, dance & performance... Read more Read less

82
Quirky, Epic

See it if you remember the contribution of downtown performance artist, John Kelly, and the hey-day of Wig Stock--and yes, Miss Canada sings one song.

Don't see it if nebulous structure and hazy remembrances of diary entries resurrected at La MaMa for the downtown crowd isn't an evening for you.

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Stage documentary that depends on familiarity with past, stronger performances, Intermittently engaging, Lacking in focus if not fierceness

See it if you've seen at least some of Kelly's performance art pieces over the years; not enough live performance here to give you a sense of his work

Don't see it if you don't already know Kelly's oeuvre or milieu; you don't like portrait-of-the-artist style reflections

Also The impetus for this evening seems to be an older artist who has seen ... Read more Read less

70
Indulgent, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if Are interested in performance art and a fan of John Kelly. The poignant acknowledgment of the lives affected by AIDS.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of performance art


February 26th, 2018
"A fragmented chronicle of the pivotal moments in Kelly's artistic journey...At times, those unfamiliar with Kelly's oeuvre, artistic obsessions and associates may wonder what the heck's happening...Yet the ever-elfin Kelly...exudes charm and brilliance. As he shares his artistic inspirations and...
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February 28th, 2018
“In a mesmerizing 70 minutes acclaimed performance artist John Kelly presents his memoir for the stage…With his melodious voice, charming presence and physical charisma, Kelly is commanding as he recounts his eventful life and eclectic career…John LeVasseur’s dynamic lighting design majestically ...
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March 9th, 2018
"This look at Kelly’s lifelong drive to create art and be heard makes this a compelling piece worth experiencing...The most compelling and touching moments are when Kelly delves into his experience living as a gay man in lower Manhattan in the 80s and early 90s...A unique mix of visual art, dance...
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March 6th, 2018
"A crossover of high art and punk rock...The stories are a bit high-minded, coming from a place of privilege, and he often refers to obscure artists and figures he’s met and worked with throughout the years. But his alternative punk side...is still his most exciting...Despite this narrative misma...
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