Border People
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Border People

Border People NYC Reviews and Tickets

(39 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (39)

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171 Reviews | 30 Followers
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. Read more

310 Reviews | 175 Followers
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; Read more

257 Reviews | 81 Followers
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

669 Reviews | 385 Followers
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. Read more

573 Reviews | 142 Followers
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. Read more

302 Reviews | 87 Followers
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 Read more

251 Reviews | 43 Followers
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. Read more

62 Reviews | 8 Followers
Ambitious, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if A solo tour de force of portraits of people who are considered “immigrants” and their search for their identity in the mishmash of the U.S.

Don't see it if You want to see people as stereotypes and don’t want to probe the truths that lie beneath surface appearances.

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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