KIT (Kairos Italy Theater) presents this evening of two world-premiere Italian one acts. Part of KIT's 'AlieNation' series, this presentation is performed in repertory with 'Enrico IV, A monologue.' More…
'A Story of Love and Soccer'
by Michele Santeramo, Adapted by laura Caparrotti and Dave Johnson
The place is a village in the south of Italy, where a group of immigrants compete in the first ever clandestine soccer world championship to determine who will have control over the city center for the following year. In the middle of it all is a love story between an Italian midfielder player and an Indian girl – and in the background, the local Mafia.
'The Journey I Never Made'
by Paolo Bignami
Two women meet at a mysterious station where all the trains have been cancelled. They belong to different cultures and historical periods, yet in spite of their fear and suspicion, a dialog starts to take place between them. Around them, the voices of migrants from other eras and places progressively crowd the station, talking about departures, journeys, arrivals, and stays. Just as the station becomes unbearably crowded, a train approaches.
“Adhering admirably to its cultural mission, Kairos Italy Theater is treating downtown audiences to a double-bill of smartly written Italian one-acts, each exploring the contentious topic of immigration in their own unique and achingly human ways, as part of its ‘AlieNation’ repertory. Minimally staged, but with talented actors, the beauty of the plays is largely in the playwrights' words, which seemingly have lost nothing in translation.” Full Review
See it if you're interested in discovering the work of some great Italian playwrights. You enjoy watching powerful acting in an intimate setting.
Don't see it if you need B'way production values. This is really all about the actors and the playwrights' words. You aren't into plays that make you think.
See it if You are interested in the immigrant experience and how different ethnic groups live together.
Don't see it if Don't enjoy dialogue driven works with minimal staging.
See it if Like absurdist plays (i.e. Waiting for Godot) or 2-person plays with little action/lots o'talk. Some good moments in both, but needs edits.
Don't see it if You need more staging, sets, action. Journey is good but gets snoozy half way in, Soccer is iinteresting but gets VERY DARK w no warning.
See it if You want to see four talented actors tell two different stories, one that goes nowhere, but makes you think and one that is confusing.
Don't see it if if you cannot use your imagination as the sets are minimal, but some lighting does help. Both plays could use editing and be just as good.
See it if you like story telling theatre where the actors speak out to the audience and rarely engage with each other.
Don't see it if you are not interested in current European playwriting.
See it if Journey: good performances, appealing actresses, interesting evocation of displacement, being the "stranger"
Don't see it if Love and Soccer: no drama, no chemistry, just 2 guys monologuing
Also Difficult to score. Journey was much better than L&S.
See it if You like Waiting for Godot. The play about the journey was similar.
Don't see it if you want to see a well written play. While the journey play was okay, the soccer play was written terribly.
See it if U enjoy watching 2 ladies own a stage fantastic acting- a thought provoking and amusing play on the notion of immigration V.relevant today.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy laughing/feeling emotion. Bring tissues, I did shed some tears whilst watching the play unfold.
Also I only watched The Journey I never Made
See it if You want to see actors that bring honesty and truthfulness to the characters. Message and relevance of the plays are also worth mentioning.
Don't see it if No reason not to.
See it if The Journey I Never Made: You like social commentary, strong acting, surrealist storytelling A Story of Love and Soccer: Rich storytelling
Don't see it if The Journey I Never Made: Don't like or cant understand surrealist interpretations, open endings A Story of Love and Soccer: You hate soccer
See it if You feel like being treated to 2 touching performances and witnessing a beautiful reflection on love, friendship and embracing the unknown
Don't see it if You’re afraid of getting drunk on theatre! These 4 brilliant actors make the stage alive for 2 hours and 25’!
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