Open run | 1h 0m | Greenwich V

Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec

From 34 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious, Delightful

About the show

Bated Breath Theatre Company invites you to experience the Belle Époque through the eyes of legendary post-impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse Lautrec in this immersive, environmental production. More…

Rediscover the bohemian world of old Paris with legendary artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and the women he immortalized. Dive into the underbelly of old Paris and rub shoulders with the dancers, prostitutes and outcasts. Through imagery, text, and dance, "Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec" explores the ecstasy of creativity against the agony of the body.

1h 0m | Open run | Madame X (Greenwich V)

Member Reviews (34)


Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious, Delightful
Avg Score

Good atmosphere, Creative, Entertaining

See it if You love immersive theater experiences and/or love the Moulin Rouge aesthetic. Small, but interesting show.

Don't see it if You prefer proscenium-style shows.

Artful, Handsome, Atmospheric

See it if you’d enjoy an hour’s entertainment in a milieu evocative of a Parisian fin-de-siècle nightclub.

Don't see it if you are looking for deep insight into art-making in general or, in particular, how Toulouse-Lautrec translated milieu into enduring images.

Also The ambience for “Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec”—a small upper room in a n... Read more Read less

Educational, Clever, Interesting setting, Amusing, Fun

See it if you have an interest in Toulouse-Lautrec and his work. The performers are attractive and clearly interested in sharing a good time.

Don't see it if you are expecting a serious biographic play. The facts are there but sandwiched between cancan and other amusements.

Fine and fun ensemble performances, Resonant, Visually imaginative and striking, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You’re up for an enjoyable and imaginative site-specific evening of song, dance and biography, well done by a fun and attractive ensemble.

Don't see it if Expecting a theatre or straight narrative; you enter a Belle Epoque red light bordello, grab a drink and are immersed in the action.

Also The atmosphere’s immediate: corseted soubrettes in fishnets greet you ... Read more Read less

Clever, Edgy, Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy immersive shows in which the setting (a smoky bar here) is almost as important as the action. If you like stylized, quirky shows.

Don't see it if You require a comfortable seat; many were stools. If you like a linear, clear plot this is not your show. But it did keep my interest.

Dated, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You are around the area and are in the mood.

Don't see it if You have a better or another plan.

Also It is a great effort to see this immersive shows. The actors give all ... Read more Read less

Cliched, Delightful

See it if you want to see attractive people dance and pose in period costumes while learning about an important painter. Enjoy low humor

Don't see it if you want any roleplaying in your immersive theater or a large degree of interaction with actors, want a strong plot.

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Performers can-can make a good impression, Atmospheric, Worth the trek to houston st, Too loose a focus on toulouse, Nearly unmade by dim lighting

See it if you love immersive theater, la Belle Epoque, and game performers.

Don't see it if you want a straight up biography, plot, 3 dimensional characters.

Raunchy humor, Excellently atmospheric set, Evocative movement

See it if you want to spend a night watching sexy dancers in moulin rouge attire in a red-lit bar space. It's a show that loves showmanship.

Don't see it if you're looking for story or much characterization. Things don't develop as much as evoke feelings.

Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in a quirky biography of Toulouse-Lautrec as presented unconventionally in an unusual space

Don't see it if if you want a linear narrative or complete historical accuracy. This is movement-theater.

Fun!, Entertaining, Edgy, Raunchy, Enchanting

See it if You like Toulouse-Lautrec and Moulin Rouge and learning/seeing some history in an intimate setting with cocktails

Don't see it if You don’t like immersive theatre in a cocktail lounge. The audience sits in the lounge and actors move throughout. You don’t like sexy fun.

Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you want a small, low-budget Moulin Rouge-esque show inside a atmospheric bar; interested in the painter

Don't see it if you'll be annoyed by the hip hop music wafting up from downstairs; need a rich story and plot

Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy immersive theater and stories about historical people. This is an entertaining staging by a young, ambitious, energetic ensemble.

Don't see it if If you don't like intimate, immersive theater and like to take chances seeing work by a new and young ensemble.

Slow, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If you want to see attractive actors in an intimate space. The space was nice, and the costumes. The actors are good.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a plot or for immersive theater. There was no interaction, and not enough about the artist.

Entertaining, Dizzying, Ambitious, Over-acted, Quirky

See it if You are in the mood for a quirky, all over the place, story about Lautrec’s life told in a really fun space.

Don't see it if You will be offended by terrible French accents, want a traditional narrative of H. De T. Lautrec’s life.

Dizzying, Raunchy, Clever

See it if You like immersive shows and you don't mind that they are probably still working on it. Fun! Clever staging.

Don't see it if You don't like dark rooms, nonlinear plots, or Can Can dancing.

Resonant, Clever, Confusing

See it if You like non linear performances that incorporate dance, acting and singing. You like interesting salon spaces.

Don't see it if You do not have the patience to experience uneven acting and singing as the performance level overall is not quite professional.

Also The event requires the viewer to "connect the dots" regarding the arti... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Raunchy, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You want a unique night out. You are interested in learning more about the artist.

Don't see it if You want something solid and refined.

Quirky, Edgy, Funny

See it if you are interested in Toulouse-Lautrec or anything French. It is light yet dark and a little bawdy. Can-can dancing is always delightful.

Don't see it if off-color humor offends you, or you hate nearly inter-active theater. Actors are very close almost among the audience.

Quirky, Intelligent, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You love theatre that merges traditional forms with modern ideas and shows that are non-linear and experimental.

Don't see it if You want a cut-and-dry biography of the protagonist. The play isn't that and doesn't want to be. It delights in the weird moments.

Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want to be transported to Paris for an evening, or if you enjoy stories about artists and what makes them unique.

Don't see it if You like having separate stage and audience areas. The show takes place in the middle of the audience.

Great acting, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like to try a new concept of making theatre and you want to support originality.

Don't see it if you expect to see a traditional show with a linear story.

Clever, Confusing

See it if You like all things Toulouse-Lautrec, and enjoy small semi-interactive shows in a small bar setting.

Don't see it if You think that an actor holding a donation bucket for the theater company at the only door to exit is a bit intimidating.

Also The show is done well with their small resources, and it was nice seei... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You like immersive theater, French art history, and don’t mind if actors don’t have a good French accent or that the story feels cliched.

Don't see it if You are a purist, don’t like immersive theater, want to see serious acting, are not into comedies, and do not lie musicals.

Delightful, Quirky, Edgy, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you love original emersive theater. Funny, touching performances. Unique, original theater to really connect to.

Don't see it if You want the same old touristy shows. This is an only in NYC kind of production.

June 14th, 2019
“A series of 20+ vignettes skimming the life and times of notable and troubled French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec..What hinders this production is not the performers themselves, but the cramped performance space that affects lighting, actor movement, and audience sight lines...'Unmaking' is ...
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December 17th, 2019
Score: 88% "The Moulin Rouge is a place where Lautrec felt he belonged. Madame X bar and 'Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec' just might be a place where you belong as well."
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June 9th, 2019
“’Unmaking’ has all the ingredients and passion of something provocative and immersive but I feel your tale needs a larger less confined space and more distinct visuals to flourish. Although hemmed in, your upbringing and your deformity are high kicked out by a much determined cast, and as concei...
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October 3rd, 2019
"As with 'Moulin Rouge,'…thrilling from the moment I entered the West Houston bar where it takes place…until a few minutes after it began…a vivid example of site-specific best inventive, at worst amateurish, and overall a mishmash."
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