This piece is more of an exploration in story-telling than a play. Having said that, it is truly amazing. It is so wonderfully written, and very eloquently performed, I would see it over and over again. Sean Gormley was perfectly removed, yet totally engaging. Direction by John Keating is so simple and elegant, and I never faded or got bored. I am a Conor McPherson fan as it is, but this play was done so well, I would recommend it to anyone who truly appreciates peasant theatre.
Sun 0))) wasn't to eerie for me, it was boring and cheesy. It wasnt 15 minutes of recorded chants, it was actually 25 minutes according to my timing. In the oppressive airless 90 degree humidity, my patience was tested. I found it overrought, gratuitous and self-important. The music was definitely interesting, but only if you are new to experimental/drone music. The riddle recitation in the black cape was lame and ridiculous beyond words. Sitting in the balcony on the left side, the music did not seem loud and I could feel only minimal body vibrations, nothing I could consider an onslaught. You must be exaggerating.
I arrived in time to see Earth and Sunn O))). I am a long-time follower of both acts, and am perhaps biased in my fanatical review:
With a venue as grand as the Brooklyn Masonic Temple's massive hall, and an 8-foot-tall wall of fully restored vintage Sunn amps, there was no way I could have prepared myself for the sonic brain sauna that was last night.
Unlike any music venue in NYC, the Temple has absolutely no sound restrictions on its performers. That means that a band that has spent its entire career attempting to reach the lowest possible sonic limits at maximum volumes could finally reach its full live potential.
Earth soothed the audience with rich and clean guitar drones, the entire band slowly trudging through each measure and occasionally fooling the audience into thinking a song was over, when in fact it just took THAT LONG to reach the next bar. The overall effect was that of being lulled off to some ominous desert at dusk, the horizon disappearing into starry night as guitars echoed through the endless landscape.
Sunn O))) was next. Notorious for testing their audience's patience, the band played an elaborate trick on us. I was sitting smack dab in the center of the balcony, with a full view of the enormous hall. The stage lights dimmed and a recording of tibetan throat chants and percussion played over the house speakers. Dense fog emerged from the base of the un-peopled stage slowly, and over the course of 15 minutes, the entire hall was transformed from an already muggy dark room to a smoke filled sauna. In all honesty, all was rendered invisible and I could not see past two people to either side of me.
As the stage was hidden by fog, it took a moment to realize that the tape of the chanting faded out into an identical live rendition of the tibetan throat singing, provided by long-time Sunn collaborator, Attila Csihar, and seat-rumbling percussion and cymbals. The effect was a little too eerie for some, and a third of the balcony and floor dwellers left the venue before Sunn began their actual set.
Nothing can describe the physical sensation caused by the first rip of Sunn's guitars. The soaring feedback and barreling drop-B drones sent tremors through my entire body. For a moment, I was convinced that I was having a seizure and that I needed medical attention. After a good fifteen minutes of this, the guitars fell almost silent. Attila's draconian voice emerged from the silence, intoning an ancient riddle from Agartha (the opening track to Sunn's recent release, "Monoliths & Dimensions"). Green and Blue beams of light illuminated the fog as it shifted and casted swirling forms into the air above the crowd. This was not a concert. It was a full-on sensory incantation.
My reptile brain took over shortly after this point, so I'm afraid I cant very well recall what happened for the remainder of the show, but I ensure you:
Whether it be electronic current or plain-out sorcery, SunnO))) have succeeded in giving their audience a complete religious experience.
-Zev David Deans
Very ambitious and well worth all the climbing up and down to different decks and cabins. Several terrific performances and all-in-all, a great deal of fun!
Fantastic production that had an amazing amount of laughs. As most theatre goers know finding a joke in an Elizabethan comedy is not always easy! This show brought out the best being directed with a sure and steady hand. The Director, Greg Cicchino was able to bring together a great cast who kept me interested, and laughing, until the end.
Beth and I were like sisters. Beth was my baby cousin. We were extremely close, and we told one another everything. Beth and I could just look at one another and know what the other was thinking. Ever since she left us there has been a void in my heart, but heaven has an angel. I hope my dad and my uncle (her grandfather) is protecting her in heaven. I will always love her and I will always miss her. Love her cousin Debbie Fein
I saw it at Joe's Pub in May and it's not to be missed. It's very simultaneously thought provoking and hysterical.
Check it out.
Beautiful writing - great storytelling- rare opportunity to hear words as originally written by writer - a Wexford Brian Friel!
Best photo of me EVER!!!
solid sunday show. congrats to the shivers for winning the deli nyc band of the month!
This sounds awesome! Do they also teach us how to use a sewing machine?
"Terrible Lie" was awesome indeed. This review refers to the tuesday night show...
Can't wait to see former Shotgun Theater Festival Winner "Monkey" by Jim Tierney this week at MRT's Summerfest! Showings are August 26th, 27th and 28th at 9pm. "When a small, sheltered community is infiltrated, the lives of three young girls are irrevocably altered."
I saw the play tonight. I actually sat through the entire play. A complete waste of time! It was one of the most poorly written plays I've ever seen. It was so bad, I couldn't believe it was playing at this theater. There were only 12 people in the audience; not surprising.
After intermission, only one person left. That person probably was related to the show in some way because he purposely sat all the way at the end of the theater. However, the rest of the audience came back, and I know why. All of us had comp tickets!!!! We were "required" to stay for the entire duration of the show and suffer through the horrible thing. The premise of the plot sounded intriguing, but the actual storyline itself was uninteresting and a complete let down. It took 50 minutes to build up some sort of suspense/mystery that never lead to anything of substance at the end.
The tone of the play was absolutely flat and boring. I left the theater wondering how something like this could ever be produced in the first place. I mean, you couldn't pay me to see it a second time!
Yech! Cliches abound in Wry Middle Aged Man tries to get Radical/Liberal Sister together with Conservative Sister. Cultural and political references as a substitute for plot and human interest were particularly tiresome, e.g. "you sound like Talk Radio!" or "I can involve you in Save the Whales....!" I qualify that my wife and I left at Intermission --we were both utterly bored. So, it's theoretically possible that the second act was better. Though due to the complete lack of originality, interest or quality writing in the first half, I doubt it.
The greatest name ever for a comedy show!!
Very perceptive remarks - the show is definitely one to see. David Cohen
This event is going to be incredible. Please note though that Revolution Books moved one year ago to:
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can you think of a rapper more associated with a neighborhood than the Blastmaster and the South Bronx?
"Brooklyn keeps on taking it"
Funny, funny show. The actors had show much energy on stage running around back and forth it made me breathless.
If want to skip the what's been an unusually bad movie season and see a great live show, this is it. $20 in NYC to see these talented performers is a steal.
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