In Previews: Opens Mar 10 | Midtown W

72 Miles to Go...

From 34 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Slow, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

About the show

This premiere from Juilliard playwright Hilary Bettis (“The Americans”) follows a splintered family over 10 years of strength, struggle and love, as they face the profoundly personal drama of immigration. More…

Seventy-two miles. That’s the space between Nogales, Mexico and Tucson, Arizona—and the world of distance that separates a mother at a shelter and her American-born husband and children.


Member Reviews (34)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Slow, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting
68
Avg Score

During previews
75
Monotonous, Slow, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You’d like to see an interesting show, relevant topic but presented in a rather one note manner. Good actors struggle against direction.

Don't see it if You want to be challenged or hope to see something new/fresh. You can see the entire plot from a mile away as it plods along getting there.

Also This was ok...just ok. I ended up caring about the characters and ther... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Fractured latinx fam ripped from headlines ripped apart by uncertainty of headlines."No matter what horrible thing you fled, it's not enuf"

Don't see it if Citizenship fatigue:DAKA.Border.Re-entry.Amnesty.Deported.Migrant."Maybe I can get my status adjusted/Don't judge me because I'm an illegal"

Also "Love has no borders/There's a right way to obey the laws/They stole o... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a drama involving immigrant issues such as DACA. Good acting and interesting story. Very sympathetic view.

Don't see it if you do not support illegal immigration or disagree with DACA policy. This play doesn't show the bad effects of illegal immigration.

During previews
52
Unnatural dialogue, Feels like a first draft, Overrated, Slow

See it if You speak fluent Spanish otherwise you'll miss many words. You like talky dramas and many boring scenes with only 2 characters in some.

Don't see it if You don't like fart jokes or lengthy political speechifying like at high school graduation. Or hear their human trafficking tales.

During previews
65
Interesting story not well told. no emotional depth.

See it if You want to see new plays dealing with current issues.

Don't see it if You want a well written emotionally involving play.

During previews
20
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in Mexican immigration to the US.

Don't see it if You want an absorbing story. This rambles, goes nowhere, is repetitious and slow. Lots of yelling. One character heard only on telephone.

Also Dialogue like a bad sit-com. Sound in theater needs updating!

During previews
60
Slow, Relevant, Confusing, Disjointed, Early preview

See it if you want to see a depiction of the effects of a family member being deported. It's a relevant topic calling for a more cohesive presentation

Don't see it if you want to understand all the dialogue. Sounds were muffled, especially phone calls. Almost 2 hours without an intermission.

During previews
70
Playwright chose to emphasize the ordinariness of a family divided by immigration issues rather than the drama

See it if You’re okay with a very low-key approach to a family’s difficulties, their day-to-day struggles to make a better life for themselves.

Don't see it if You’re looking for high drama and histrionics.

Also As I was watching I thought the plot could have been more interesting,... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Relevant, Emotionally engaging, Moving drama

See it if An accessible and sympathetic portrayal of the hardships over 10 years of a family separated by immigration laws.

Don't see it if You are too overwhelmed by the reality of immigrants and their issues to want to see them portrayed in a drama.

Also I found this melodrama very moving and judging by the eye wiping in th... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Well-acted, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a well-acted, well-written, and thoughtful story of a family coping with the matriarch's deportation.

Don't see it if you want a fast-paced show. This is deliberately paced but is consistently engaging.

During previews
69
Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You want to see a play that deals with a relevant topic, that has some strong acting.

Don't see it if You want a fast-paced story with a lot of action, with a uniformly strong cast.

During previews
78
Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want a greater understanding of the plight of immigrants separated from their families. Well acted.

Don't see it if You are looking for a lighthearted experience

Also Consider listening device if you sometimes use them.

During previews
59
So-so

See it if A new play about a family dealing with undocumented immigration is appealing to you.

Don't see it if You prefer your plays to be character studies.

Also What was missing for me and kept me from being fully engaged was perso... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Early preview.hope it improves, Disappointing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if A sympathetic story of a mixed, Mexican-American family in Arizona with life-threatening immigration struggles. Good acting. Poor staging.

Don't see it if ..you are bothered by FAR too many scenes on a speakerphone, with the key character unseen. Under-dramatized. It should be more harrowing.

During previews
65
Humanistic, Political, Purposeful, Formulaic, Topical

See it if you support stories that shed light on our cruel immigration policies and dehumanizing military training. (Also, Tyler Alvarez is excellent)

Don't see it if you need polish. This play feels very much like an early draft that would benefit from more dramaturgical assistance. Too many corny jokes.

Also Memorable Quote: "Sometimes I think they stole our future."

During previews
20
Weak acting, Bad writing, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating

See it if you’re a subscriber and have to use your tickets.

Don't see it if you’ve got something else to do.

During previews
85
Resonant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you have any connection and/or social cause to immigration. There's nothing like this on Broadway, it's a well told story and very moving.

Don't see it if you agree with immigration policy than and now.

During previews
78
Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want a pleasant evening with a family who are living in the shadow of the immigration crisis

Don't see it if You expect earth shattering revelations or great writing

During previews
58
Relevant, Slow

See it if Family dramas surround deportation are of interest to you.

Don't see it if A comedy or something light hearted is what you are looking for.

Also There's some nice scenes, but there's only so much of watching charact... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Slow, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a moving play about the struggles of immigration.

Don't see it if want something quick and witty, this story unfolds slowly but is well written and performed.

Also I know, I know, it's a play but there were few holes in the story that... Read more Read less

During previews
78
The poignant continuum of failed immigration policies, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You want a show that puts the painful realities of family separation into modern political perspective, pre-Trump. Unique direction.

Don't see it if You do not want to confront the dilemma we face on immigration policies.

Also This show reflects that even with DACA and Dreamers, inequities and un... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate a well-written, moving story that is very timely. Very character driven

Don't see it if You only like comedies or musicals and need action-driven plots rather than scripts that grow out of well-developed characters and situation

Also This was a wonderfully moving play that I saw in previews that will on... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy thoughtful drama based on real life immigration issues that impact the whole family

Don't see it if You want a light hearted play that will make you smile and feel good.

During previews
70
Absorbing, Slow, Relevant

See it if You want to see a play about a family torn apart by immigration problems.

Don't see it if You are expecting a fast moving story. This is on the slow side, and run time is 1:50 with no intermission.

During previews
75
Good acting, Relevant, Moving (at times), Cliched, Well-meaning

See it if you want to see a well meaning, (at times) moving play aboud a family affected by Trump immigration policies.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for slow-moving plots.


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