Already closed | 1h 5m | Midtown W

YOKAI, Remedy for Despair

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Quirky, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

About the show

The Tank and international mask theater company The Krumple present this movement-heavy exploration of the "yōkai," a class of strange, mischievous, and sometimes malevolent apparitions from Japanese folklore. More…

In a desolate space stands a group of curious looking people. With miniature trees and paper seagulls in their pockets, they begin to recreate the world as they see it. A premeditated car accident, a ravenous cod, and a dreadful Christmas Eve are part of the chaos created by the yōkai. Combining dance, magic, poetry, and sheer stupidity, the Krumple tells a contemporary tale of our attempts to find hope in moments of despair.

1h 5m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (14)


Enchanting, Quirky, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining
Avg Score

Dizzying, Enchanting, Quirky, Imaginative, Surreal

See it if A surreal experience, something like Blue Man Group on LSD. The Yokai spirits make chaos out of human endeavors. Great staging.

Don't see it if You don't have an open mind for some pretty weird stuff.

Dark and playful, Physical theater, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you’ll watch a troupe of top notch physical theater artists perform macabre and whimsical modern day fairy tales w/ toy models and mime

Don't see it if you know you’ll get bored without dialogue or song; you want a traditional playgoing experience w/ developed characters and a plot

Also Fringe but super polished. This company’s as comfortable together as a... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Masterful, Quirky

See it if You enjoy imaginative mixtures of clown, puppetry, and dance. You like daydreamy pieces.

Don't see it if You want clarity, meaningful text, or obvious narrative.

Quirky, Clever, Hilarious, Great movement, Edgy

See it if you appreciate imaginative sets, props and costumes. You like productions that are more performance art than drama.

Don't see it if you're looking for a conventional linear plot and dialogue.

Great acting, Entertaining, Must see, Refreshing, Funny

See it if You want to see mine at its best telling a beautiful and hilarious story. Staging was very creative and mesmerizing. Poetry in motionsync

Don't see it if If you are not into seeing how passionate and talented people can be in outside Broadway in unique venues

Also I was surprised how much I loved this show. The actors were excellent.... Read more Read less

Absurd, Weird, Neat staging

See it if you like neat ways to stage stories, movement-based silent stories, the absurd

Don't see it if you're looking for storylines you can follow, you don't see the absurd or beautiful in the tragic

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful, Profound

See it if you enjoy physical theater or have never experienced it. This is clever and beautiful. So well done!

Don't see it if you hate good art.

Enchanting, Delightful, Fantastical, Mostly visual (without words), Scenes & not a story

See it if you're up for 1hr of short fairy tale-like scenes that are whimsical & playful, even when (laughable) tragedy strikes. You like clowning.

Don't see it if you want a clear plot or message, spoken dialog, or grown-up realism. Or if your inner child refuses to be tickled.

Also YOKAI's opening was so simple & so fantastic!! All hilarious wordless ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Fluffy

See it if You want to see some expert, youthful Lecoq clowning with a drive to impress and joy in its heart.

Don't see it if You don't like work that is not text-based, or your not willing to overlook a lack of narrative cohesion.

Endlessly inventive and bold physical story-telling ...

See it if you seek fun, intelligence & often heartbreaking poignancy/Memories of your journey through life will come forth due to Krumple's artistry.

Don't see it if physical theater from an Oslo/Paris based company is not part of your theatre of choice

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You are looking for a super clever perfectly timed off Broadway show that will make you laugh and reflect. Well done!

Don't see it if You are looking for a large production show with a heafty price tag. You need heavy dialog. You aren't into eccentric themes/story telling

A visual treat

See it if you like gorgeous stage pictures, amazing physicality, and theatrical magic.

Don't see it if life has made you too cynical to enjoy any of those things.

Also It'll make you happy and sad and happy-sad and it's silliness is a per... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You need your spirits lifted. No ksnguage skills required

Don't see it if You didn't like Blue Man Group

During previews
Ambitious, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky, Delightful

See it if You are into original theatre like the blue man group or cirque de soleil but without the stunts... if you are good with nonverbal queues.

Don't see it if Want a linear plot of songs or acting

September 14th, 2017
"Taken one wide-eyed, rubber-limbed performer at a time, everyone in the clown play 'Yōkai' is impressive...But while their show is marvelous moment by moment, it doesn’t exceed the sum of its charming parts...By the fifteenth sneaky entrance, the childlike naughtiness starts to cloy. As the show...
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September 19th, 2017
"It’s going to take this European band of devised performers to tell us that it is all going to be okay. I’m more than happy to welcome the Oslo and Paris-based Krumple to our country in despair, in need of remedy...Awesome clown work that’s expressive, silly, and emotionally gripping all at once...
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September 16th, 2017
"A witty and soulful amalgam of physical theater, clowning, dance, magic, and miniatures...Rather than seeking to enlighten, it mesmerizes abstractly, with stagy wisdom that seems beyond the years of these young artists but obviously isn’t...The six talented performers sneak or slam in and out, n...
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August 6th, 2016
for a previous production “As content, it's a tad arbitrary, but it's delivered with style; all the better for the arch shonkiness that cuts through its cuteness. Helicopters on headbands whiz through the skies. Carolers cut out mid-chorus. As it relishes its shortfalls and failures, it seems to rejoice in resilience all ...
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