Time No Line
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Time No Line

Time No Line NYC Reviews and Tickets

(4 Ratings)
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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.

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683 Reviews | 161 Followers
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. Read more

567 Reviews | 150 Followers
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.

195 Reviews | 86 Followers
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 Read more

36 Reviews | 10 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (5)

Time Out New York
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 legacy, he crafts new work before our eyes, simultaneously deconstructing and demonstrating the creative impulse."
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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 accompanies Kelly’s words and actions with its array of steady dimness, spotlights and smoky texture…Kelly vividly tells his story with theatrical flair and emotional resonance.”
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Theatre is Easy
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, video, and music that shows Kelly’s range as an artist. The rich history he has lived through and his ceaseless desire to express himself creatively make his show immensely compelling and endearing."
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Stage Buddy
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 mismatch, some of the visual aspects of 'Time No Line' are quite intriguing...He refers to himself as a survivor, someone who needs to carry these stories on. With 'Time No Line,' I’d say he does them justice."
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This Week in New York
March 1st, 2018

"The pacing can be uneven, Kelly is sometimes a little too casual, and he occasionally teeters on the edge of self-indulgence, but when he gets back in the groove, he displays why he has been such a beloved figure for decades...A complex, nonlinear self-portrait, a visual diary of the making of a man in which Kelly holds up a mirror and allows us to see the tragedy and comedy that has resulted in his unique brand of art."
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