Border People
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Border People

Border People NYC Reviews and Tickets

(39 Reviews)
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Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the Show

Working Theater presents this solo work offers a startling gallery of portraits of those who cross borders, geographical or cultural, by necessity or choice.

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Strong acting, Disconnected, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy an actor portraying many diff chars, all trying to make their way in the difficult world. Touching, enlightening, engrossing.

Don't see it if you want a strg theme. Disconnected stories of immigrn, deportn, & outsider-citizens. Not as compelling as some docu-plays, but worthwhile!

Moving, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Made me feel the common humanity of complex identity. Labels, borders & prejudices hurt. Border people are not borderline people.

Don't see it if You won't enjoy a solo show that is part acting, part social documentary. Humor helps soften the pain.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
February 4th, 2020

"Dan Hoyle’s ‘Border People’ Blurs Lines: This work of documentary theater feels like a master class. But what is it meant to teach"
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Time Out New York
February 4th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "In the manner of Anna Deavere Smith, Hoyle inhabits his characters with a careful humanity, using gestures and vocal tics to differentiate them while resisting slips into caricature. Under the direction of Nicole A. Watson, he's convincing in every guise."
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February 3rd, 2020

"Dan Hoyle's 'Border People' Is a Compelling Look at Forgotten People Hoyle presents a new solo show made up of stories that don't often get told."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 4th, 2020

"Reproducing a hard-to-forget parade of personalities, Hoyle paints a discomfiting picture of an American melting pot gone dismayingly cold. It's a gorgeous chorus of individual voices for those who are willing to hear."
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February 5th, 2020

"The play is engaging from moment to moment, and this may be a case of the parts being greater than the whole. There is, of course, no central plot or protagonist. The play makes many varied suggestions about what it means to be a border person."
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Theater Pizzazz
February 3rd, 2020

"The issues among the people he impersonates range from the immediate to the amorphous and lack the organic continuity for a sharper commentary… As artfully recreated, the stories have momentary interest but are little more than passing sketches, lacking in dramatic impact."
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Front Row Center
February 4th, 2020

Score: 93%. "Must see theatre for the most important policy issues of our day - IMMIGRATION. You will leave the theatre with more questions. Stunning truths."
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New York Theater
February 4th, 2020

"If Hoyle has a political purpose in 'Border People,' it's less about piecing together a ground-level look at a specific urgent issue, as it is to undermine popular assumptions based on a range of identities. That big black guy living in the Bronx is actually a chess master."
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