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Cartography

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

This collection of stories of young refugees asks what part we play in the lives of young people who set out into the unsure waters of their futures. Best for ages 10 and up. More…

From the show:

Inflatable rafts on the Mediterranean. Dark holds of cargo trucks. Family photos hidden carefully in a backpack. Hear the stories of young refugees when CARTOGRAPHY asks what part we play in the lives of young people who set out into the unsure waters of their futures. In this multimedia theatrical work, witness a world alive with movement and migration as the effects of climate change, war and poverty give shape to where we have come from and where we are going.

1h 0m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (15)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining
76
Avg Score

77
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You want a family show about immigration. A great way to get the idea across about how to grasp such a big subject. Clever staging.

Don't see it if Your idea of immigration is building a wall. You need this more than anyone but we all know it’s a waste of time.

64
Well meaning, Intelligent, Slow, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if There is one magic moment. Went w 9&13 year old. They were bored. some was meaningful but much went over their heads. Refugees are like us.

Don't see it if If you want a thoughtful, fully rounded view of refugees see The Jungle which returns this year. This didn't challenge it felt remote.

85
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you empathize w/refugees striving to find a safer, happier life for themselves & their families. See it *especially* if you don’t empathize.

Don't see it if you have no need for or interest in human connection.

Also This play is compelling and important, and needs to be seen all across... Read more Read less

70
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if You are going with kids, I guess. There were a lot of kids. It was interesting, but I think it was more sentimental that provocative.

Don't see it if You want to see something new and groundbreaking. The idea is good, but they didn't really get it there.

68
Important topic, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if As play addresses immigration policy & treatment of immigrants thru eyes of personal experiences & treatments. Actors were compelling.

Don't see it if As play was more like a docu-drama. Playwright did a poor job of pulling this impression topic together.

83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in the hopes, fears, struggles, past & present stories of asylum seekers in the US. Moving stories that should be heard!

Don't see it if you don't care about humanity and people who try to survive & make better lives for themselves here in spite of leaving behind family.

70
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Slow, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You're looking for an easily accessible look at refugees and their plight across the globe.

Don't see it if You want a deeper dive into the world refuge crisis seen from its many angles and perspectives.

88
Profound, Relevant, Soul-baring, Intense

See it if you want to be moved to tears and step into the shoes of a human being running to a better life and away from war & lack of opportunity.

Don't see it if You couldn't care less about the plight of the world's displaced citizens from wars, violence, poverty, natural disasters.

Also Seeing this very well written, produced and acted first hand historica... Read more Read less

72
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are curious about refugees, you like multimedia, audience interaction, and devised work.

Don't see it if You only like linear storytelling told in a very traditional format.

Also It's an ambitious show with some great moments and talented performers... Read more Read less

70
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like interactive theater about the refugees leaving their homes for a better life.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable about stories of immigration and the plight of people trying to get into the United States.

75
Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if A novel way to raise the discussion on immigration. If you want an opening for viewers of all ages to engage. Every child in the audience

Don't see it if Feel you only want to see traditional narrative performances.

Also Stood and gave a standing ovation.

80
Timely, important topic, very good acting, didn’t hold together completely

See it if Non-linear. Interactive. Young refugees tell individual & collective stories about what it means to leave home behind & start a new life.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy non-linear or audience participation pieces. While engaging, it did not entirely come together as a whole.

Also Very good acting, but parts of this piece moved quickly, which, combin... Read more Read less

100
Relevant, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great staging, Clever

See it if you enjoy an inventive production about current issues like migration, refugees and what home means to displaced people.

Don't see it if if you only want light, fluffy entertainment and don't care about one of the world's greatest issues.

82
Geared for young people but moving and engaging for adults too.

See it if You are interested in character studies of young immigrants, told with humor, passion and emotion. You like sparse but creative sets.

Don't see it if You have strong negative feelings about current immigrants and aren’t open to rethinking your views.

51
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You like invention in the theatre and appreciate new ways to tell stories.

Don't see it if You want a linear dramatically satisfying experience,


January 12th, 2020
"‘Cartography’ Hops Around a Fractured World Map: This documentary show, created to teach young audiences about the experiences of refugees, focuses on optimism and hope, perhaps to a fault."
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