The Holler Sessions OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Emon Hassan
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 6, 2016
    Closing:
    January 17, 2016

    Theater: Paradise Factory Theatre / 64 E. 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

    Synopsis: 

    "The Holler Sessions," staged as a live radio show, centers around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz. Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. Ray’s maniacal rants, razor-sharp insights, and mildly scatological humor are interspersed with truly gorgeous music and lots of space for listening. The Holler Sessions serves as a jazz primer for the uninitiated, a powerful reminder for jazz fans and an irreverent love letter to the best thing America has ever created – and forgotten.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Holler Sessions

    In ‘The Holler Sessions,’ a D.J. as True Believer

    Ben Brantley

    January 11, 2016: An unkempt Kansas City disc jockey named Ray has appointed himself an altar boy at the exalted shrine of jazz, and his faith burns like a five-alarm fire. Embodied with respect and ferocity by Frank Boyd in “The Holler Sessions,” which runs through Friday at the Paradise Factory, Ray radiates a hard-core obsessiveness that’s both scary and contagious. You get the feeling that he wears sunglasses inside not to be cool, but because the light he’s seen is so bright. Part of P.S. 122’s Coil Festival 2016, “The Holler Sessions,” performed and written by Mr. Boyd in collaboration with the experimental theater group the TEAM (with Rachel Chavkin and Josh Aaseng as consulting directors), creates a convincing portrait of a monomaniac that, for all its flashiness, never blocks the view of the object of his passion. Yes, Ray, with his hyperkinetic delivery and sweaty sense of urgency, is a watch-me kind of guy. But what he really wants is for us to listen — not to him, but to the discs he spins from a slovenly broadcast room (designed and lighted by Eric Southern), where he subsists on gulps of coffee, whiskey, apples and peanuts.

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