Review: Is Seeing Stereophonic a Sound Decision?

October 29, 2023, 10:06.26 pm ET  

Photos: Chelcie Parry                                                                                      

By Brian Scott Lipton

“Art isn’t easy/Every minor detail/is a major decision/Have to keep things in scale/have to keep to your vision.”

Leave it to the late, great Stephen Sondheim to sum up in mere seconds what David Adjmi takes over three hours to say in “Stereophonic,” his bloated if often compelling new play about a mid-1970s pop band struggling to complete their newest album – and not lose their hearts and minds in the process.


Fortunately, for Adjmi and viewers alike, Daniel Aukin’s production of the work, now on view at Playwrights Horizons, could not be more immaculate – from David Zinn’s unbelievable re-creation of a California recording studio (aided by the superb sound design by Ryan Rumery) to the stunningly authentic costumes by Enver Charkatash (flares, flares, everywhere), to the deeply-felt performances by a mostly little-known, seven-person cast. Continue Reading...

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