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What did you think of KISS AND CRY?

Did you enjoy KISS & CRY?  Were you touched by the romantic tale of loves past? Did you thrill at the sight of seeing a film created right before your eyes? What were your thoughts on hands standing in for actors? We’d love to hear your feedback on this production and anything related to the topic by leaving a comment here.


  1. Elegant and sublime are but two words that come to mind. One of our theater group said multiple times after the performance that this is one of the theater experiences he will remember for the rest of his life. Don’t miss it!

  2. A performance like no other I have seen, here or elsewhere in the world! Completely original in its rendition of timeless themes. I am not entirely satisfied with the ending, which is a bit sentimental. In fact, I think the text needs some improvement to bring it to the level of the other components of this remarkable production!

  3. It was beyond brilliant!
    One of the best performances I have ever seen in my life!
    Everyone ought to take in this extremely creative, engaging, sensual, emotional, artistic show.
    Bravo to all the artists involved.

  4. Robert Emmett WalzOctober 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    It was a most brilliantly conceived and executed production. As with another commenter, I will remember it forever, and with yet another commenter, it appeared the ending was “adapted” for our American sensibility to those otherwise unacceptable European Existentialist views of reality. Way too sentimental and religiously themed an outcome than the first eighty minutes would have demanded. Then again, it would only run three days if they hadn’t rewritten the ending.

  5. Joan LancourtOctober 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Kiss & Cry defines the meaning of the term original – and makes a lie of “there’s nothing new under the sun”. It was astonishing to see how fingers could mimic the nuanced movements of legs, of a unique walk or gait, and how instantly your imagination fills in the rest of the body. The broad range of special effects enabled by the filming, and the multidimensionality of seeing what was going on on stage from a distance, and the projection of the film on the screen providing closeups made for an unusual visual richness.

  6. If you were thirty and provincial and hadnt seen a lot of theatre and didnt know much about performance etc. then Im sure the production was “fun”. I found the story/poem tedious and more like the whimpering of a 24 year old than anything vaguely resembling an adults sense of life- play with the hand swiftly became tedious and predictable, and the technology has been done better and more intriguingly elsewhere. This looked like an academic’s choice.

    Look harder for important work.

  7. Fabulous! Breathtaking! A cross between Amelie and the Quay Brothers! I loved the changes in scale. Maybe a bit too much ice skating, but that’s ok. It would have been great to have videos on YouTube and Vimeo linked to the Emerson website. The one posted did not work. I had no idea it would be so awesome.

  8. Magnificent!

  9. Susanna RyanOctober 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Kiss and Cry was one of the most imaginative, original, and moving pieces of theater art I have ever seen. It touched me intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Thank you, thank you, thank you ArtsEmerson for bringing these innovative kinds of performances to Boston!

  10. So carefully crafted. Nothing seemed like it was there by accident, and there wasn’t a single sloppy or poorly-conceived moment. It was quite beautiful, and just delightful to watch the fusion of live performance and film—the two mediums really became one in this performance. I don’t think I’ve ever before seen the two forms integrated so successfully and to such great effect.

  11. Brilliant and mesmerizing. The piece inevitably got me to wonder about its creation: where does something like this come from, and how does it evolve? In a way, I was reminded of the Sept Doigts troupe, which — especially during their second visit — I thought comprised some of the “wisest” people I’d ever seen on stage — forget about how old or young they were. Same thing here. I hear they may be back in the Spring; let’s change the “may” to “will.”

  12. Micheline de BievreOctober 15, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I thought it was very clever and enjoyed it but thought it needed some editing. Some of it was too repetitive.

  13. My husband and I immensely enjoyed this multi-layered, yet accessible and innovative, performance.

    Bravo to the company and bravo to ArtsEmerson for bringing them here.

    We are new subscribers and look forward to future productions.

    Thank you.


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