72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W

72 Miles to Go... NYC Reviews and Tickets

(94 Reviews)
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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.

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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.

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Critic Reviews (10)

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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March 10th, 2020

"Jo Bonney directs in a straightforward, naturalistic mode suitable to the material, and by the devastating final exchange between Anita and Christian, you may be a little teary. This isn't the most exciting new play of the season, but it's one of the most humane."
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March 10th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Hilary Bettis handles the United States immigrant policies and their effects on families with sensitive understanding."
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March 10th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "A well-meaning and generally absorbing new play, focusing on the struggles of a Latin-American family living in Tucson, Arizona."
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March 10th, 2020

"DREAMERS IN A DARK NIGHT: This is a timely new play from a promising writer, with a fine, committed cast."
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March 11th, 2020

"Bonney provides efficient direction, and its quality…cast gives it plenty of heart, but there's something too by-the-numbers about it. The play…comes off as a dramatized op-ed designed to bullet-point the struggles encountered by families trapped in the web of undocumented immigration."
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March 10th, 2020

"Unquestionably, '72 Miles' is an involving story, albeit one told too episodically for my taste. And if Bettis' dialogue can feel a bit prosaic, she nonetheless creates five characters you can really invest in - even the one, Anita who we basically just hear on the phone at sporadic intervals."
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