The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
October 11, 2011
Closing:
March 18, 2012

Theater: Public Theater / Delacorte Theater in Central Park, New York, NY,

Synopsis: 

Following the success of The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America's most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design. He illuminates how the CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey's dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them. The New York Times has hailed Mike Daisey as "the master storyteller" and "one of the finest solo performers of his generation."

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

    Moral Issues Behind iPhone and Its Makers

    Charles Isherwood

    October 17, 2011: I hate to tell you this, but your best friend has a dark secret in his past, the kind of shameful history that might just have you looking at him (or her?) a little sheepishly, with a furtive, sidelong glance instead of the former adoring gaze.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

    Moral Issues Behind iPhone and Its Makers

    David Rooney

    October 17, 2011: It might not be the eulogy the former Apple CEO would have chosen, but Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is an eye-opener. Updated but not softened since the recent death of the “techno-libertarian hippie,” this provocative monologue pulls no punches in confronting us with the dark side of Jobs’ legacy and of our own mass addiction to gadgets.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

    Fruit of the poisoned Mac

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    October 18, 2011: Hell hath no fury like a geek disappointed. Example No. 3,854: “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” the new solo piece by Mike Daisey. With shows such as “The Last Cargo Cult” (about money) and “If You See Something Say Something” (about Homeland Security), the popular monologuist has acquired the reputation of a big-mouthed firebrand.

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  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

    The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    October 18, 2011: Apple iPhones don't grow on trees, despite the fruity name. But where do they come from? Who makes them? And how? You've probably never even wondered about that as you've tapped away and texted. But monologist Mike Daisey has.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

    Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

    Adam Feldman

    October 18, 2011: In The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Mike Daisey takes a bite out of Apple, chews on it and spits it out as a two-hour monologue. If you’ve seen this master monologuist before, you know that he likes to mix things up—not just by weaving parallel stories in counterpoint, but also by shifting among various modes of discourse, from calm ratiocination to bursts of rage. But the latter mode seems to occupy a larger share of his latest piece than is usually the case: The disillusionment of this self-described “Apple fanboy” with his favorite tech company spurs him to profane fits of righteous apoplexy, in which the line between storytelling and story-yelling isn’t always thick.

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