Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

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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. 

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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.


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81
Great acting, Resonant, Confusing, Impressive, Somewhat simplistic

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.

70
Engaging, Good acting, Interesting characters in a difficult situation, Script still needs work

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

70
Intelligent, Relevant, Some good performances, New talent in uptown performance

See it if You appreciate new work, are ok with uneven performances, enjoy political subject matter.

Don't see it if You don't go above 96 street or you are a xenophob

Also The plot brings us inside the immigration detention system. It is base... Read more Read less

94
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Also UP Theater is an uptown gem, discovering and nurturing new works and p... Read more Read less

81
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a fair exploration of immigration problems in this country.

Don't see it if violence, immigrants or autism are triggers for you.

Also the space is not designed as a theater so it can make the acoustics di... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want a well structured and smartly engaging piece of theater.

Don't see it if You struggle with perceived stereotypes and/or you are looking for fluff.

Also This piece was wildly thought provoking for me. I think that the idea ... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Touching, topical, horrifying

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.

Also Two families---a mother and daughter from Venezuela and an Iranian-Can... Read more Read less

10
Disappointing, Excruciating, Earnest, Contrived, Awkard

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

Also I believe the playwright when she says the play expresses her anger ov... Read more Read less

73
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Excruciating, Fair

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.

Also I was very impressed at how fair this play was. I was expecting a part... Read more Read less

68
Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

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

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.

71
Absorbing, Relevant, Solid low cost production

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

Also The plot centers on our immigration detention system & if anything pai... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Relevant

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.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

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.


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