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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.