Travels with My Aunt
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Travels with My Aunt
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Travels with My Aunt NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(10 Reviews)
Positive
60%
Mixed
30%
Negative
10%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Quirky, Great acting

About the Show

Keen Theatre Company presents an adaptation of Graham Greene's comic novel about a mild-mannered retired banker and his eccentric aunt, in which four actors play over 25 characters.

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Member Reviews (10)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
65
Clever, Quirky, Engaging, Unsettling, Mildly offensive

See it if you love Greene's novel. A faithful adaptation done w energy & theatricality. The plot, tho, has off-putting elements. Well-acted, staged.

Don't see it if you want a fully satisfying evening. I don't buy GG's thesis that to really live one must be unethical and wild. Not funny enough. Read more

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
60
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you like watching a bunch of white guys on stage playing the same characters with minimal staging.

Don't see it if you like diversity in casting and are confused by multiple characters playing the same characters sometimes (but not all the time).

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
40
Boring, Slow, Tedious, Problematic, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in seeing a mystery/adventure story with all of the life and suspense sucked out of it.

Don't see it if you will be annoyed that a wide swath of characters of various sexes and races are all only played by 4 white men.

449 Reviews | 116 Followers
69
Clever, Fluffy, Insipid, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are an avid Graham Greene fan.

Don't see it if you are looking for substance.

Al
127 Reviews | 887 Followers
80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Original, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy shows that are cleverly constructed. This one has 20+ characters played by 4 actors, with 1 of the characters played by all 4.

Don't see it if you require more than cleverness. The story is intelligently told, with some suspense, but the beauty of this show is in how it is told.

6 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see great acting and an intelligent, surprising plot

Don't see it if N/A

3 Reviews | 3 Followers
84
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if as good as travels with charlie

Don't see it if u don't have an aunt or uncle

2 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You love the thought of a tall adventure

Don't see it if You wouldn't like comedy from an lonely woman's view

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
October 15th, 2015

"Charming revival...'Travels With My Aunt' registers as low­-calorie froth...Its over-the-top plot, and equally exaggerated leading lady, are always framed by a certain middle-class circumspection. Much of its appeal lies in the contrast between the ostensibly stodgy actors and the outlandish tales they purvey...While the cast of four takes on a multitude of roles, it blends virtuosity with modesty."
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Time Out New York
October 16th, 2015

"A high-energy joyride for audience and actors alike is now viewable in an optimal, intimate setting, ably navigated by Keen Company’s artistic director Jonathan Silverstein...So warped is the play’s moral compass, it may leave yours disturbingly askew."
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Theatermania
October 20th, 2015

"This production is an inventive piece of theater that is elevated by the delightful performances of its four actors, who play no fewer than two dozen roles...In addition to the production's funny performances, Silverstein creates the feel of travel onstage by keeping the actors and the scenery in motion...'Travels With My Aunt' is a trip worth taking."
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TheaterScene.net
October 27th, 2015

"Jonathan Silverstein’s revival of 'Travels with My Aunt' is both challenging and understated so that its pleasures are low-key and refined. With Graham Greene’s witty, extravagant and fanciful plot and the creative acting of its four performers, 'Travels with My Aunt' is an exquisite jewel that is not for everyone. However, the evening does have a good deal to teach us about living life to the fullest and not settling for easy compromises that we may come to regret."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 15th, 2015

"The story moves with surprising fluidity. The characters interrupt each other, change topics. switch or chop sentences and Silverstein encourages as much humor as the play allows. Certainly it is a dated picaresque adventure, not digging deeply into anything but telling a nutty flamboyant story."
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CurtainUp
October 14th, 2015

"The terrific versatility of the actors makes it great fun to keep all the multi-played personas sorted out...The first act is not that difficult to follow. The second act, on the other hand, was more convoluted as the casting conceit got deep into Greene's favorite genreses and themes. This did give Silverstein and company a chance to give the quartet a whole new look and end things as a colorful very Greenian entertainment.
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 15th, 2015

"Mr. Havergill’s adaptation demonstrates that it’s possible to turn a multi-locale, multi-character novel into a play, using only four identically dressed actors and barely any props. It’s a trick, and, like all good tricks, needs distractions to make it work. Such distractions would have been a first-rate cast and production, and a consistently engrossing story. Their absence leaves the trick’s illusion exposed."
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Times Square Chronicles
October 23rd, 2015

"Jonathan Silverstein’s direction, brings some delightful performances, but it is truly like having a book acted out for you. If you like this kind of theater you will love this, if not you will be extremely bored as it is two hours long. Just to think we have gone from book, to movie, to kindle to theater."
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