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Border People

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Members say: 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. More…

From the show:

BORDER PEOPLE is based on conversations with immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and border crossers of all kinds at both the Northern and Southern borders, and the many unseen borders in between.


Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent
84
Avg Score

79
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!

85
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.

76
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Hoyle is an absolute master at his craft often capturing the essence of a person w/a slight gesture Border as a psychological zone well used

Don't see it if Yet, there's no there there With minimal plot/theme to connect these people, a detachment sets in leaving a void or a 'dramatic' border

82
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like to muse on a current important topic in an entertaining way - here one actor brings multiple characters to life in voice & posture.

Don't see it if you are looking for a dramatic play with great staging-here it is 1 actor in regular dress on a nearly bare stage with only some projections

78
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you like 1-person shows, actor imitating real people he has interviewed, concerned about immigration and refuge, versatile actor

Don't see it if don't like 1-person shows, not interested in immigration or superficial approach to issue, want more "meat" & underlying message

78
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if From the streets, multi-character monologues touch borders seen and unseen to illuminate struggles of those affected directly by headlines.

Don't see it if Top of mind:However the innocent goodwill level, ethnic portrayal by one outside of that group, risks drifting into unintentional caricature

84
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Compassionate

See it if Well performed one person show based on actual conversations with asylum seekers, immigrants & people whose voices are rarely heard.

Don't see it if don't care for one person show; minimal staging; have reservations about white male playing characters of various races & ethnicities.

Also Dan Hoyle is an excellent actor & he is able to make you feel for each... Read more Read less

95
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see how people of various races, ethnic groups and sexual preferences deal with institutional intolerance.

Don't see it if your hypersensitive to individuals of various groups being portrayed by a white man, no matter how empathetically.

Also This is the first time in couple of years that I have seen a NY audien... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you are interested in perspective of men/women out of generally accepted mainstream white straight society, interpreted by young white male

Don't see it if you are not interested in lives of blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Iranians in the Bronx or seeking to be in USA or one man actor vignettes

Also Engaging despite no set, music, or physical action. Based on writer/ac... Read more Read less

95
Relevant, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a powerful & extremely relevant one-man performance of 8 immigrant characters based on real experiences. This is a must see!

Don't see it if The topic of immigration is difficult to hear.

Also This was such a moving experience with Dan Hoyle hitting a home run! B... Read more Read less

82
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like monologues about a diverse population told w great style wit & writing that offers a glimpse into a variety of lives

Don't see it if Issues of cultural appropriation and who tells the story interferes for you with Dan Hoyles sincerity and compassion for his subjects

76
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if If you would like to be reminded of some of the lives of blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, and Iranians living in the US.

Don't see it if You would like to see a good improvisation of various people and understand their accents and what they are saying.

96
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Soloist portraying marginalized ppl in US - illegal immigrant, war refugee.. based on his interview, with quick&strong physical adjustments

Don't see it if 70min; this is the answer to color-blind theatre.. anyone should play anyone, your polished craft is your respect to the character you play;

Also I wholeheartedly support the bravery of this solo artist, as a “white ... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Journalistic theater, Storytelling, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in lots of personal stories embodied by one writer/actor who assembles a tapestry of life today in North America.

Don't see it if you like walls and you are not into 1 actor shows where the actor/writer plays multiple characters. The stories are raw and intimate.

89
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in documentarian theatre, genuinely acted, directed, and written.

Don't see it if solo shows do not appeal to you, or theatre with current socio-political themes.

100
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you are open to seeing immigration from multiple viewpoints. Also, if you're a Dan Hoyle fan like I am, this is one of his best!

Don't see it if you have fixed ideas on immigration.

Also Go see this play!! IT'S BRILLIANT!

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in hearing the stories of immigrants, deported people, or people otherwise dejected by our society through Dan Hoyle.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the pleas of people marginalized by our society, and in current issues or if you do not like 1-man shows.

75
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like to hear the stories of those on the margin in every sense portrayed in a one man show

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows or are uninterested in hearing about people at cultural and physical borders

Also You could find these tales re-told by a white man to be unconvincing b... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see a truthful and in your face assessment of how many immigrants are being treated as well as looked upon by our government

Don't see it if If you don't like one man shows being very critical of a broken immigrant system and how it reacts to people of color.

Also and by majority people in this country,then this play is for you.If yo... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy an excellent performance with relevant themes in an excellently written play. Moving and riveting.

Don't see it if You do not like solo performances.

89
Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You’re interested in real characters who are living as outsiders in America and the border between America and Mexico. Very well acted.

Don't see it if You aren’t into solo shows with the actor playing a number of characters.

96
Motivating, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy relevant material with a personal and intimate point of view. We learn about our neighbors and ourselves and open up to others

Don't see it if You see other people as enemies this puts a human face and story to the challenges of escaping persecution and danger to care for family

95
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, A great work of journalistic theatre that gives voice to the voiceless

See it if You like journalistic theatre that filters the experience of the every man/woman who deal with cultural and real borders. It’s a must see.

Don't see it if You have no interest in a journalistic style of theatre that gives voice to countless experiences of what it’s like to be an outsider.

Also If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel like you don’t belong, ... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy great characterizations and impersonations with important stories of border people with both physical and emotional impact.

Don't see it if you don't like solo one man shows, can be a little slow at times but worthwhile.

75
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like one person shows. This actor has heart and brings great skill to his characters. Overall worthwhile.

Don't see it if don't like documentary theatre. The characters are vivid but the piece does not build and one misses conflict.

Also Very glad I saw this. A lot to admire here. This actor has great facia... Read more Read less


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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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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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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