"Time has come for Mr. Fox”
- Barry Thompson, Boston Herald
“Catch him as his star climbs”
- Adam Feldman, Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick)
“a triumph of mood and style, an unforgettable musical, theatrical and emotional experience.”
“can simmer in blues, tremble with high drama, and faint into a yawning croon”
- Michael Brodeur, Boston Phoenix
Named after a Victorian children’s game, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? can time-travel from 1960s soul of New Orleans back to the woods of Medieval France before landing in the Tin Pan Alley era of NYC. Led by the gender-defying voice of 3rian King, the ensemble delivers their own brand smoky cabaret, neo-soul and acoustic noir, sounding something like Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse performing in a French cafe. Whether stripped down for acoustic coffeehouses and living room concerts or immersive multimedia shows in clubs and theaters, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? brings honesty and emotional authenticity to every performance.
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? is known for its original songs which marry rich lyrical imagery with a cinematic sensibility, exploring themes of love, spirituality, sexuality, and identity. Beginning as a duo when singer-songwriter 3rian King and violinist and trumpeter Nathan Cohen performed in a New Year’s Eve concert in 2004, the duo quickly became a staple in Boston’s underground cabaret scene, blending music with elements of circus, dance, and other performing arts. As audiences grew, the group incorporatedDennis Monagle on drums, Renée Dupuis on voice, keys, and melodica, and Joe Cardoza on upright bass. The band can perform as an acoustic ensemble or a full theatrical experience with backup singers, Shana Cahill & Liz Bean (known as The Furies) and aerialist, Eileen Little.
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? has performed to packed theatres, coffeehouses, and concert halls throughout Boston, NYC, and beyond. Their original song "Cold Rain" was covered by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas, on her Grammy-nominated CD "Simply Grand," with the track earning high praise in Rolling Stone, USA Today & The Village Voice. The song is also featured on their most recent album “Little Bit Of Blue,” recorded with funds from a successful Kickstarter Campaign, resulting in sold-out CD release parties at Oberon and Club Passim in Cambridge, MA and Dixon Place in NYC. In April 2015 the band toured through the American South, performing to enthusiastic crowds in living rooms, theatres, and art spaces. Their song “The Ladies’ Tree” was recently turned into an animated short by acclaimed filmmaker and Harvard Professor, Ruth Lingford. The film has been selected for numerous international film festivals including 2014 Anima Mundi, Brazil. What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? has been featured in the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown MA, a performing arts non-profit founded by Quinn Cox and Tony-winner John Cameron Mitchell. Their most recent theatrical show "Gravitational Fool" was presented by Afterglow and the American Repertory Theater (ART) in July 2017, and Endicott College in 2018.
In 2019, the band produced a completely sold-out run of their new original multimedia musical "Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth" with the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Museum of Science, Boston. In the spirit of revisionist works like Mists of Avalon and Wicked, this story gives a new perspective on the myth of the snake-headed Medusa, one of female empowerment, leadership, and collaboration. Presented at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, this animated audio play with live band performance retells the Medusa tale for the modern era, unpacking themes of male-dominance and violence, and recovering the lost voice of this powerful figure. MEDUSA: Reclaiming the Myth features an audio play directed by Eileen Little with more than 15 voice actors, animation by Ruth Lingford and Norah Solorzano created for the 360 dome in collaboration with the Museum of Science crew. New original songs performed live by What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? provide the emotional soundtrack to this epic tale of activism and magic. Rosalind Bevan, WBUR wrote, "This performance reclaims the myth of Medusa after #MeToo. I felt like I was floating. As I gazed up from my reclined chair, I realized I had never seen a show or movie from this angle. The literal shift in vantage point helps liberate us from the confines of what we’ve always been told."
The production earned much praise in the press, returning for a one-night-only sold-out encore performance in Jan 2020. The creative team is now working to evolve this piece to reach its potential as fully staged theatre production.
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