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Soho Playhouse
15 Vandam Street New York City, NY 10013
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Elaine G.
27 events
17 reviews
52 stars
I wore It was very cold. Dress was mainly casual. I wore a warm coat, boots sweater and slacks..
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Elaine G.
27 events
17 reviews
52 stars
Best to est prior to going to event. No stores or eatery to get something. I did see full service restaurants.
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"The Emperor Jones"
32 ratings
4.7 average rating
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36 events
12 reviews
29 stars
attended Jan 10 2010

The actors are amazing. The venue was extremely small but they made it work. The Q&A with the actors after the show was very cool.

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40 events
21 reviews
3 stars
attended Dec 26 2009

This is a well acted creative play. However, the theater and seats are about as uncomfortable as any I have ever attended. Seats are made for very small people and there is no leg room at all. Good thing it is a very short play and blessedly...continued

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19 events
8 reviews
22 stars
attended Jan 13 2010

I am so happy to offer my review of The Emperor Jones. I made my ticket purchase based solely on the reviews by other Goldstar members, so thank you to all.

Location: Charming, historic Soho Playhouse. Easy to get to and full of...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“An inspired revival starring the wondrous John Douglas Thompson…The Emperor has been returned to glory!” —Ben Brantley, New York Times
“I doubt you’ll ever see it done better.” —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
“One of O’Neill’s most haunting, visceral works, and this nightmarish staging does it full justice! The evening’s power is the central performance by John Douglas Thompson.” —Frank Scheck, New York Post


With his demons in heavy pursuit and tom-toms beating, the Emperor is forced to confront the mortal sins of his past in search of forgiveness and salvation.

John Douglas Thompson—OBIE and Lucille Lortel Award-winning actor for last season’s acclaimed revival of Othello—portrays the enigmatic emperor. Ciaran O’Reilly, whose direction of O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape earned him Drama Desk, Drama League and Callaway award nominations, directs.

About the Ticket Supplier: SoHo Playhouse

Under the new management of Darren Lee Cole and Faith Mulvihill, the newly renovated SoHo Playhouse continues to serve the downtown theater community as an historic 199 seat Off Broadway venue. The Huron Club below is an intimate 55 seat cabaret and bar steeped in the history of Old New York.

The SoHo Playhouse stands on land that was once Richmond Hill, a colonial mansion that served as headquarters for General George Washington and later home to Aaron Burr. Purchased from Burr in 1817, the land was then developed into federalist-style row houses by fur magnate John Jacob Astor.

15 Van Dam Street, was designated at the Huron Club, a popular meeting house and night club for the Democratic Party. The turn of the century brought the Tammany Hall machine to the Huron Club. Prominent regulars included “Battery” Dan Finn and the infamous Jimmy “Beau James” Walker, known as “The night Mayor” due to his predilection for jazz clubs and chorus girls.

The main floor was transformed into a theater in the 1920’s, and in the 60’s operated as the Village South, home to Playwrights Unit Workshop under the direction of Edward Albee. It was on this stage that Mr. Albee produced many first works of Terrance Mcnally, John Guare, Lanford Wilson, Sam Shephard, AR Gurney and Leroi Jones.