Tokio Confidential OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
February 5, 2012
Closing:
February 19, 2012

Theater: Atlantic Stage Two / 330 West 16th St., New York, New York, 10011

Synopsis: 

Japan, 1879. Isabella Archer, a young American war widow crosses an ocean in search of a lost love--and is about to cross a line from which she can never return. It's a journey across the boundaries between pleasure and pain, art and artifice, the secrets of the flesh and the sins of the heart.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Tokio Confidential

    Musical Portrait of a Lady, Newly Tattooed in Tokyo

    Eric Grode

    February 15, 2012: “Tokio Confidential,” a new musical by Eric Schorr, has plenty to recommend it, not least a plush, inviting score. But Mr. Schorr, who wrote the music, book and lyrics, does his almost comically lurid story no favors by basing several characters’ names on figures in James’s naturalistic masterpiece “The Portrait of a Lady,” even retaining Isabel Archer’s birthplace, Albany.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF Tokio Confidential

    Review: Tokio Confidential

    Raven Snook

    February 11, 2012: What do you get when you take a feisty 19th-century Civil War widow, send her to the Land of the Rising Sun and have her fall for a tattoo artist in a show that combines elements of traditional musical and Japanese theater? A big no-Noh. Honestly, the foregoing description makes this tepid East-meets-West romance sound far more interesting than it actually is. Author Eric Schorr has certainly done his homework—Tokio Confidential is filled with factoids about American and Japanese history, mores and culture—but as entertainment, it’s a kamikaze mission.

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  • NY POST REVIEW OF Tokio Confidential

    Love story, with tattoo, leaves its mark

    Frank Scheck

    February 15, 2012: As delicate as a cherry blossom, “Tokio Confidential” transports us to 19th-century Japan. This lovely chamber musical about a Civil War widow whose life’s transformed by a tattoo artist reveals Eric Schorr, its composer/librettist, as a talent to watch. While the plot ultimately takes a ludicrously Gothic turn, this exotic if problematic work deserves a life beyond this short run.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Tokio Confidential

    NY Review: 'Tokio Confidential'

    Erik Haagensen

    February 12, 2012: If seriousness of purpose and lofty ambitions were enough to guarantee success in the musical theater, then Eric Shorr's "Tokio Confidential" would be a gem. Unfortunately, Shorr's artistic reach falls considerably short of his grasp in this thinly written, musically derivative, and ultimately dramatically preposterous work. Despite a spare but stylish production and the efforts of a talented cast and director, this arid show goes nowhere and takes its time in doing it.

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  • NY THEATRE REVIEW OF Tokio Confidential

    Tokio Confidential

    David Gordon

    February 11, 2012: I’m still scratching my head over Tokio Confidential, Eric Schorr’s baffling yet intermittently entrancing new musical directed by Johanna McKeon at Atlantic Stage 2. “Bonkers, but interesting,” was how a fellow audience member described the piece as we rode the elevator from the basement theater to the street, and thinking about it, a more apt description of anything I have not heard. After an over-long first half, Schorr completely pulls out the rug and takes the show in a direction that’s so bizarre that, without hyperbole, I don’t think I will ever believe what I saw.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Tokio Confidential

    Tokio Confidential

    Brian Scott Lipton

    February 13, 2012: The allusions to the work of Stephen Sondheim -- musical, verbal, and visual -- pile up with alarming alacrity throughout Eric Schorr's decidedly unusual chamber musical Tokio Confidential, now at the Atlantic Stage 2. And while the work never fulfills its own ambitions -- or comes close to Sondheimian greatness -- it has some extremely appealing music and a luminous performance by Jill Paice as definite compensations for its shortcomings.

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