Already closed | 1h 10m | West Village

Victor

From 27 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Quirky, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

About the show

Performer, poet, and storyteller Edgar Oliver explores his enduring friendship with a mentally ill homeless man in this solo piece with live musical accompaniment. More…

From the show:

In VICTOR, Edgar Oliver unravels the details of his nearly twenty-year friendship with Victor Greco, a mentally ill homeless man. Stocky and handsome, Victor reminded Edgar of Popeye the Sailor and shortly after meeting, a mutual attraction of opposites began. Edgar was drawn to the frank masculinity of Victor while Victor was fascinated by the writer in Edgar. And yet, was their connection real? Was it love? Or was Edgar’s friendship with Victor, a man who would eventually die alone in the back of an abandoned van, an attempt to seek comfort in another New York ghost, one that Edgar always knew would let him be alone.

1h 10m | Already closed | Axis Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (27)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Quirky, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting
82
Avg Score

79
Intelligent, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A show worth seeing. Narrow is scope, very deep in plot. Story keeps your interest throughout the performance. Good story and good acting

Don't see it if Can be depressing not for everybody.

80
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Resonant, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if While Oliver's reconteur's skills are peerless, one's enjoyment depends on giving oneself over to them but love story for Victor is genuine

Don't see it if Again, Oliver often diverges from Victor's privations to encompass a larger picture requiring a certain surrender/patience but well worth it

89
Sad, Quirky, Modest, Wise, Touching

See it if you’d like to experience a beautifully staged, focused tale about a quirky, longtime downtown New Yorker, partly told, partly enacted.

Don't see it if you do not like solo shows about an odd performer’s life; you are expecting stand-up comedy.

Also I am not a natural fan of solo shows. But for more than a decade now I... Read more Read less

79
Well told, Lovely music, Absorbing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy poetic stories with live music. The story is curious, profound, sad & amusing. The staging emphasizes the author's intentions.

Don't see it if pathos is not your thing. This is charming and simple but demands your emotional participation. Be sure to look at Victor's displayed notes!

78
Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The invisible catches the eye of the observant, who is eager to relate his story with live music.Risk to tip to the maudlin, but it doesn't.

Don't see it if Solo performance. Odd lilting cadence can be a repetitive and sing-songy, but that could be the natural flow of poetic pairing with music

70
Resonant, Thoughtful, Poignant

See it if a personal jewel box of a story very small in scope but magnified with intensity will interest you

Don't see it if oddly affected mannerisms, unusual accenting and drawn out storytelling will distract you from the content

Also A solo performance with live accompaniment tells a true story of a lon... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Riveting, Masterful story-telling, Poignant, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of Edgar Oliver's unique, Poe-like story-telling. he makes the most ordinary, even mundane things noteworthy & profound

Don't see it if you don't care for 'downtown-style" one man shows; cannot relate to the emotional depth in what seems to be a superficial relationship

Also I adore Edgar Oliver's subject matter: loneliness, shame, alcoholism (... Read more Read less

82
Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Edgar Oliver is an extraordinary story teller. His accent, his poetry. all is very engaging Give him a try.

Don't see it if You want a play with sets and a cast of more than one person

78
Nostalgic, plaintive storytelling, Quirky, Absorbing, Quiet, slow pacing, Solo show + musical accompaniment

See it if you're an Edgar Oliver fan; you're open-minded about gay life; you can appreciate a sensitive retelling of old friendships with no fanfare

Don't see it if homosexuality makes you nervous; you like dramas with lots of action + a big cast; an elegy of dissolute East Village lives makes you cringe

Also At 39, Edgar Oliver met Victor Greco, a 28-year-old cook, as neighbors... Read more Read less

78
Different, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you know and like Edgar Oliver. You're intrigued by a very long relationship between two people who seem to want to be alone.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or want something lighter.

Also This show was hard to review. Edgar has a very distinct style as he te... Read more Read less

87
Poetic, Resonant, Heartfelt, Riveting

See it if you enjoy intensely personal storytelling from an incomparable performer. His open-hearted, honest portrayals of life must be experienced.

Don't see it if you dislike minimalist theater, one-person shows, minor references to homosexuality or if you want only light and fluffy entertainment.

Also Edgar Oliver is a NYC treasure. His shows are a mesmerizing amalgam of... Read more Read less

92
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are an Edgar Oliver fan. See it and you will become an Edgar Oliver fan. See it if you want to know what NYC was like 30 years ago.

Don't see it if You aren't into a very unique individual with a distinct style of speaking and moving. If homosexual fantasies bother you.

Also Edgar Oliver is a theatrical treasure. There is going to be a time in ... Read more Read less

70
Thoughtful, Slow, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy one-person shows, live music accompaniment (which was beautiful!), and stories about New York City.

Don't see it if Other reviewers point to being ready to emotionally participate in the show, which is good advice. (I wasn't)

91
Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if I adore Edgar Oliver and this is his wonderful new piece which I hope to see again. Brilliant writing, acting and great music! Run to see it

Don't see it if If you like action packed musicals or fast moving pieces this is poetry in theater

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like one man shows executed by an experienced storyteller. You can relate to themes of loss and living on the edge.

Don't see it if You do not want to see a theatrical event that explores a New York character that basically no longer exists - an artist on the fringes.

84
Intelligent, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if see it if you have never seen him live before, Edgar Oliver is 1 of the most distinctive speaking voicesof our time

Don't see it if you are homophobic or close minded

100
Profound, Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Edgar is a treasure, and there is no reason not to see it. This one man show is exquisitely staged and set to stunning live music. GO.

Don't see it if You don't have a pulse.

87
Edgy, Profound, Intelligent, Enchanting

See it if This is a paean to the 60’s and 70’s in the East Village EdgarOliver is a gentle innocent who befriended a cis homeless man

Don't see it if You are homophobic

100
Must see, Masterful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Edgar storytelling comes from his soul. He is a master at this art. Have seen all of his shows in NY in the past years and they get better.

Don't see it if If you hate great writing and performing

100
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you love good storytelling about a city and people who are being forgotten. Edgar Oliver has a unique voice and perspective about life.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate the craft of storytelling. Edgar is excellent!

During previews
70
Quirky, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you relish solo story-telling format; you enjoy live music accompaniment—it definitely enhances the very low-key, low-energy narrative.

Don't see it if you need brisk pace or if you dislike bare-bones staging and intimate venue. Possibly a love it or hate it experience—may find it precious.

During previews
79
Oliver's storytelling sensibility is inimitable, Ace trio of musicians, Haunting tribute w music to a lost soul--or perhaps two

See it if you relish eccentric artists of all stripes; to experience Oliver's seductive storytelling: his gothic instincts are tempered w real pathos

Don't see it if you are impatient with the elegiac or elliptical; this is a solo piece with live musical accompaniment that is not always well integrated

Also Oliver treads some new dramatic territory with this elegy to a lost fr... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Must see, Enchanting, Masterful, Profound, Absorbing

See it if You want to better understand the loneliness and tenderness of a man who has never been fully loved. Very engaging actor. Moving music too.

Don't see it if You expect a big production or have no sympathies for people who may be different from you.

During previews
78
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like one man plays with great acting

Don't see it if you dont mind story lines about homeless people

During previews
90
Humorous, Entertaining, Intelligent, Lovely, Intriguing

See it if enjoy terrific story auto-biographical telling.

Don't see it if if you are opposed to one-person shows or monologues.


October 6th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "Love Among the Shadows in Edgar Oliver’s ‘Victor’: In this haunting memoir of his relationship with a homeless man, Mr. Oliver confirms his status as a poet laureate of New York’s dispossessed."
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October 16th, 2019
"The play captures emotions that many of us have felt, from unrequited love, to loss. Seldom are we allowed access to such a raw story and candidness. In a time where we shield each other from truths, this stark and unapologetic performance allows us to feel what Victor meant to Edgar."
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