Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec
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Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec
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Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(34 Reviews)
Positive
76%
Mixed
18%
Negative
6%
Members say
Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious, Delightful

About the Show

Time Out considers Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec one of the best immersive plays of the year.

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Member Reviews (34)

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507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
74
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.

713 Reviews | 121 Followers
75
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.

668 Reviews | 156 Followers
80
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. Read more

332 Reviews | 87 Followers
72
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. Read more

293 Reviews | 40 Followers
78
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.

211 Reviews | 41 Followers
70
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. Read more

193 Reviews | 48 Followers
60
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. Read more

163 Reviews | 94 Followers
71
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.

Critic Reviews (6)

BroadwayWorld
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 a contemporary example of immersive devised theatre...Although restrained from a space perspective, the Bated Breath troupe is not short on creative ideas.”
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Front Row Center
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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Front Mezz Junkies
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 conceived and directed by Mara Lieberman, the drama creates a thirsty desire to find out more, read more, and understand more.”
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New York Theater
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 theater...at best inventive, at worst amateurish, and overall a mishmash."
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BlogCritics.org
May 30th, 2019

"This intimate one-act presents the artist and the legendary Moulin Rouge in shadowy high relief and with an aura of weirdness. An all-in cast and crew quicken the proceedings with slinky dances...Standout stagecraft energizes the action...Altogether 'Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec' is a weird and wonderful little show. It puts those ubiquitous posters in context, and it possesses enough theater magic to entertain people unfamiliar with the artist and his haunts."
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Off Off Online
June 5th, 2019

“While some vignettes are stronger than others, the ensemble’s collaborative relationship helps each scene flows seamlessly into the next...Overall, ‘Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec’ represents both excellence in devised theater-making as well as some good escapist entertainment...May not enlighten audiences, but it does provide enough meaningful moments and quality content to delight both interactive theatergoers and bar-hoppers alike.”
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