UP Theater Company's new drama sees two teens from different lands, inside a refugee detention center deep in the heart of Texas, form a bond to help each other fight off dangers from within its walls - and without. More…
In 'Detained,' Doug and Maria forge an alliance to help each other's families survive incarceration and escape deportation. In the face of oppression and humiliation, the teenagers unite against a deeply fractured system in their fight for freedom.
See it if you enjoy new work, professionally done, about a sad shameful reality that is especially scary in our current political climate.
Don't see it if you only enjoy light fantasy fare, or have no interest in new voices or topical themes.
See it if You like to be impressed by terrific productions far off the beaten path, or are interested in great efforts from mostly non-Equity actors.
Don't see it if you don't want to travel above Central Park, or can't tolerate a rather simplistic plot with some confusing elements.
Also High quality acting and directing make this well worth your time.
See it if A slice of life among illegal immigrants who are being held in a detention center in Texas. Nicely done
Don't see it if Low budget community theater in Washington Heights
See it if you are OK with a script that is interesting and has bones, but needs some polishing; interested in the subject of immigration
Don't see it if you aren't interested in traveling to Washington Heights to see a performance in a church; prefer light-hearted theatre
See it if you want a living, detailed picture of how, why, and where the U.S. detains undocumented immigrants.
Don't see it if you want lighter fare; if you believe in building a wall and are not willing to change your mind.
See it if You think Fox News is "Fair and Balanced". You are interested in broadly painted caricatures as stand-ins for complex, nuanced discourse.
Don't see it if u think it's problematic for the only true villain in a play about the deportation system to be a latino undoc'ed, gangbanger/coyote/rapist
See it if U r an avid theater goer & appreciate lower cost productions with emerging talent & if u are comfortable with scripts that still need work
Don't see it if You agree with Donald Trump on immigration issues or if you only want to see high caliber shows
See it if you're interested in understanding the impact of American immigration policy through the stories of two families and their guards
Don't see it if thinking too long about the power of impersonal bureaucracy over our lives makes you unhappy.
See it if Youd enjoy an absorbing look at immigration issues, with a variety of realistic characters.
Don't see it if You just want to be entertained.
See it if You are interested in how decisions made by our current government affect the lives of vulnerable people.
Don't see it if You're not interested in the drama of people who have been marginalized by the Trump Administration.
See it if you appreciate topical, thought-provoking theater that asks hard questions but doesn't insist it knows all the answers.
Don't see it if you are looking for a breezy night out at the theater.