Based on Thaddeus Phillips’s actual adventures, "17 Border Crossings" is a harrowing, comical, visually surreal and engrossing look at the imaginary lines that divide up the world and the very real barriers they create. More…
See it if You want to see a quirky 1 person show that is an adult version of Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego. Interesting. Funny. Intelligent.
Don't see it if You hate 1 person shows. This one is better than most but it does drag in places and I found myself counting each story till we reached 17.
See it if You like one man shows about his travels across country's. Intresting lighting in this show.
Don't see it if You want a play that makes clear what it is the character is seeking. This play did not really have a point too it. If yoh want a musical.
See it if you want to hear tales of int'l travel & risky border crossings (incl. Newark Airport!) as commentary on the effects of man-made borders.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a mostly self-indulgent one-man show; you expect this to be a political screed in the shadows of Trump's proposed wall
See it if Despite Phillip's easy charisma & dramatic flair, the docu-drama is rarely energized; until mid-show when story theatre techniques take over
Don't see it if Some of the vignettes are quite moving (esp those in Middle East) but nothing connects dramatically It's all departures with no arrivals
See it if Great use of lighting.. Interesting if you plan to travel. Well spoken in several languages.
Don't see it if One person show, No story Small audience. Heard much mumbling as audience departed re: not up to N.Y.T.W. standards.
See it if you have dealt with bureaucracy for any reason. Great use of irony, story telling & social history. Some serious ideas and hilarious moments
Don't see it if you expect a plot. Lots of themes, no plot. A series of short monologues on an almost bare stage.
See it if Apolitical mildly dramatic tensions whereby at anytime & anywhere one could be engaged in the next proxy war.Fine manipulation of simple set
Don't see it if Travelogue w/o projections. Dry ice. No takeaway here except shooting up is unsuccessful in blue light & Shakespeare invented the passport.
Also Accessible accents.
See it if you want a sort of theatrical box of chocolates. Each piece is enjoyable and every once in a while you bite into one you can really savor.
Don't see it if you want a sort of theatrical meal. With a title like 17 Border Crossings I guess I was expecting something a little meatier.
See it if you like an original idea for a show and don't mind being blinded by the lighting on the stage. The show seemed longer than 90 minutes.
Don't see it if you don't like stories of border crossings, all 17 of them. The idea was good but there was too much and it seemed too long.
See it if You were a history major. You enjoy Ted Talks. You enjoy highbrow humor.
Don't see it if You have sensitivities to strobe lights, flashing lights, bright green neon lights or deafening airplane sounds. You want a thrilling story.
See it if you enjoy creative staging and an energetic performance. Makes you think about many social and cultural issues.
Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, using your imagination, or thinking about relevant, politically-charged topics.
See it if you enjoy performance art at it's verbal intensity. While the piece is quite physical what the performer says is far more important
Don't see it if if message pieces broken into small vignettes that relate but largely differ don't appeal to you
See it if Interested in performer's International travel experiences at various checkpoints ( differences, ease of getting thru etc) engagingly told.
Don't see it if expecting something political or incisive; want more variety; have difficulty with accents.
See it if you enjoy theater with a point of view. This is a story of people caught in the randomness of political borders.
Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows.
See it if solo show about traveling across borders; starts with interesting bit about Henry V inventing passport, then mostly the actor's travels
Don't see it if don't like solo shows, minimalist (but interesting) set, want linear story
See it if you want clever staging and lighting to be the star of the production. without them, the 17 stories would be so so,
Don't see it if you don't like solo performances.
See it if quirky staging, relevant subject matter, and a unique presentation of a one man show on international travel sound interesting to you.
Don't see it if you personally think one Broader Crossing in a life time is more than enough.
See it if You enjoy solo shows with an engaging actor who’s work is spot on.
Don't see it if Like more traditional shows with full Sets and plot lines
See it if You are a fan of one-person shows, political themes, or inventive staging (mainly use of lighting).
Don't see it if You are easily bored my repetitive vignettes that are not all that dissimilar.
See it if Thaddeus Phillips does a good job with the text, and I enjoyed the narrative overall, but I wasn't entirely sure how to feel about it at the
Don't see it if end...the individual vignettes were mostly good, but the central thesis could have been stronger. Worth a cheap ticket, tho.
See it if you have read those little paragraphs that are nearly hidden in the papers about odd travel incidents; like 5 minute, vignette story-telling
Don't see it if you expect a fully- developed story; expect direct commentary on war, immigration or political issues
See it if You like 1 man shows spare in production with well crafted Clever in its narrative simplicity and stories
Don't see it if You are sensitive to The dark and neon or seek high drama and a complex linear theme