Border People
Closed 1h 15m
Border People
84

Border People NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(39 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
0%
Negative
3%
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.

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Member Reviews (39)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
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!

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
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

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
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

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
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

360 Reviews | 222 Followers
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. Read more

360 Reviews | 101 Followers
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. Read more

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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Theatermania
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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TheaterScene.net
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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