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72 Miles to Go...

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Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing, 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 (94)


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

Slow, Ambitious

See it if a story which puts a FACE on the whole immigration situation our country is grappling with interests you.

Don't see it if you have ever attended a TRUMP Rally, every shouted the phrase of SEND THEM BACK where they came from, or you are a white nationalist.

Banal, Disappointing

See it if You like theater that reflects events and issues the country is currently dealing with.

Don't see it if You like theater that is escapism and draw less from current affairs.

Also I found both writing and acting to be mediocre. There are a few scenes... Read more Read less

Bad writing and direction, Slow, Relevant, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a play about issues that are relevant to the country.

Don't see it if there are much better shows doing what this play, aims to do.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy movie of the week type theater. It was funny and thought provoking with relevant subject matter but more for the masses.

Don't see it if You like to be challenged and enjoy edgy, smart theater.

During previews
Needs streamlinig, Slow, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if Relevant & Important story around immigration and its impact on a family. Timely. Well acted.

Don't see it if Issues of immigration are not for you. Needs streamlining. It's slow.

Also Most scenes, even though offering relevant plot overstay their welcome... Read more Read less

During previews
Uneven, Slow, Relevant, Great story

See it if Very timely story about immigration in the US. I enjoyed the story and it's well acted.

Don't see it if Show could use some trimming. Many scenes even though they were good felt like they went on too long.

During previews
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
Decepcionante, Aburrido, Middling, Undistinguished, Relevant

See it if you're interested in an earnest & sympathetic portrayal of a family torn apart by US immigration policies at the US-Mexico border.

Don't see it if you expect a play about such a timely, controversial & important subject to be profound, provocative, original or emotionally impactful.

Also We spend way too much of the show watching one side of a series of pho... Read more Read less

During previews
Mostly dull, A few insights, An important subject, Tv for the stage, Cliched

See it if you want to see every new play that deals in any way with the long-running immigration crisis at the border between the US & Mexico.

Don't see it if you like plays to have some spark of imagination.

Also “72 MILES TO GO” is an episodic saga that details the trials & tribula... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if interested in plight of immigrants & deportation impact, enjoy family stories, parental/step-parent issues, seeing Latina characters

Don't see it if immigration/deportation subject can be frustrating & worrying, don't like too many offstage characters, lengthy time jumps disturbing,

During previews
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
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
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
So close to being great

See it if you want to see a play that deals with the struggles a family deals with trying to get immigration

Don't see it if It will bother you to see a play with so much potential fall a bit short

Also This is one of those rare plays that I really like but feel extremely ... Read more Read less

During previews
Unmemorable., Disappointing, Topical but toward what end?, Long, Dull

See it if Want another immigration story that looks at family dynamics, DACA, border crossings, our unending dilemma.

Don't see it if Expect story to be emotional, moving, insightful. This one flatlines w arc-less story that disappoints almost from 1st scene.

During previews
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
72 miles from accomplished, Tv movie of the week vibe, Timely, Well intentioned disappointment, Speakerphone stagecraft

See it if live theatre about DACA, emigration, emigrant family, deportation, border crossings, enlisting, floats boat

Don't see it if Hallmark effort on serious subject matter, much conducted over speakerphone would disappoint U, think it has 2 do with politics, it does

During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a fair play about family separation due to immigration issues

Don't see it if you prefer fast paced stories

During previews
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
Intimate, Heartfelt yet sometimes simplistic, Realistically-acted, A proper touch of pathos, Absorbing

See it if invested in immigration stories, family dramas, supporting female playwrights and directors, and/or intrigued by new, realistic works.

Don't see it if you are tired of the “political” and timely works, need lots of action or excitement, or seeking something more than “kitchen table” drama.

Also I wasn’t fully sure what to expect from 72 Miles to Go, though I’m piq... Read more Read less

During previews
Limited emotional impact, Writing "just misses", Disappointing, Relevant, Important theme

See it if you are interested in problems of illegal immigrants, their effects on families, governmental injustice toward immigrants & family distress.

Don't see it if you desire a serious play about the plight of illegal immigrants that demands a strong emotional response but does not fulfill this promise.

During previews
Never quite got there, Great acting, Slow

See it if immigration as an issue is of interest or importance to you, or if you like family-based dramas.

Don't see it if you have had enough of the immigration debate or simply don't care about a family torn by current policies. It was hard to hear-get device!

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a powerful & compelling dram on an American family & how they are impacted by the current US immigration policy.

Don't see it if You want a fun musical or comedy, this is not your show.

Also It is extremely hard to review this important & weighty drama without ... Read more Read less

During previews
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
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

March 10th, 2020
"A Crisis of Borders in ‘72 Miles to Go…’: In Hilary Bettis’s play, a family separated by deportation wants to live regular American lives but discovers how mercilessly difficult that is.
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March 10th, 2020
3/5 Stars. "A frequent writer for television, Bettis uses sitcom conventions to humanize the plight of undocumented immigrants and their loved ones, couching an urgent and eye-opening endeavor in a form optimized for familiar consumption."
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March 12th, 2020
"Bettis can write encounters with real power. but the show’s rhythms don’t rise and fall, they just march doggedly forward. This episodic structure might shine in another production — heck, it might shine in Bonney’s version, just later in the run, when the components have had a chance to jell."
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March 10th, 2020
"Our Southern Border Separates an American Family in '72 Miles to Go...': In this world premiere, playwright Hilary Bettis dramatizes a heartbreaking case of so close, yet so far away."
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Cast & Creatives (3)