Ends Dec 23


Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
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32 reviews

In this provocative new play, 73 AD meets 2017 as young Jewish tourists on a Birthright-style journey in Israel come face-to-face with their heritage.

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'Diaspora' tells the story of a contemporary Birthright trip visiting Masada, a Roman-era fortress and tourist attraction in the desert of Israel. While examining their identities and relationships to Israel and Jewishness, the travelers share the stage with a retelling of the infamous events that took place on Masada, almost two thousand years ago. As the two dramas mix and interact, staying on Masada grows more and more contentious and dangerous. A no-holds-barred, fresh, contemporary look at American Jewish youth, how they see themselves, and their relation to an ever-changing world.

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The New York Times

"The teenagers he creates don’t have any definitive opinions...Shapiro slams them for their silliness and ignorance and raunch, the women particularly. Trouble is, Shapiro, at least as evidenced by this play, doesn’t have much of an opinion either...He hasn’t found a way to express his obvious confusion...The intersections of 2017 and 73 never resonate meaningfully. They are two stories that play simultaneously: one narrative is ugly and frivolous, the other is a catastrophe." Full Review

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Clever, Great acting, Raunchy, Relevant, Confusing

See it if you are, or can understand the language, lifestyle, and perspective of, a Millennial, in particular an American Jewish one, explore conflict

Don't see it if you cannot understand rapidly spoken Millennial-speak or are not interested in the philosophical/political conflict among USA college youth

Edgy, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like a show with lots of bathroom humor at the expense of a serious subject like Masada or religion. The twenties crowd laughed a lot

Don't see it if you don't like lots of BJ and p---y discussions at the Masada site. Some bathroom humor I wouldn't have minded but there was too much.

Also I think the twenties crowd,especially the males, found this show amusi... Read more Read less

Quirky, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy jewish history; young people arguing

Don't see it if a bit long and scattered

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Banal, Big ideas not fully formed

See it if You are interested in the problems of violence in Israel, Jewish identity, and religious conundrums.

Don't see it if Millenials, like, drive you crazy. You want linear explorations of complex issues. Frank talk about sex and some sexual activity offend you.

Also Muscular acting by a young cast presenting ideas that are there somewh... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the relevance of religious issues today and like to see them juxtaposed with their origins.

Don't see it if you are easily confused by change of character, setting and time, even though an excellent job is done with the projections.

Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You are familiar with Jewish history, customs and traditions. Want to see a well acted piece that blends old ideas with modern characters.

Don't see it if You’re not familiar with Jewish history, customs and traditions. Without that background I was lost and couldn’t follow most of the story.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be challenged by an intelligent, no-holds-barred piece of writing

Don't see it if You would be incensed by criticisms of American Judaism and the millennial religious experience

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you like clever, funny and ambitious shows that blend the gravitas of the fall of Masada with the thoughts of modern Jewish youth.

Don't see it if if you do not like to see anything tied to how young Jews view a trip to Israel and how they think about things in general.

Also The show has wonderful lines such as the highest form of a JAP ( Jewis... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you went to a Jewish school at any point in life.

Don't see it if you aren't open to honest internal conflict.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you wish to see complicated issues thrust into the inner worlds of young people, most of whom are unprepared for that experience.

Don't see it if you don’t wish to listen to young people talk about what really interests them, in phrasing that they actually use.

Also I hope that this well-written and quality-staged production finds an a... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are interested in modern times and a little history

Don't see it if you like a solid plot

Banal, Poorly organized

See it if you like a correct historical version of Masada.See it if you want insight in the range of current political sentiments in Israel.

Don't see it if you dislike when a playwright presents negative stereotypes of female Jewish teenagers, implying incorrrectly that most are promiscuous.

Clever, Quirky

See it if You have an interest in Israel and some politics. Or can relate to young adults sexuality.

Don't see it if You hate Israel. Or hate permissive language

Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Disgusting, Puerile

See it if you are forced to, at gunpoint. There is nothing redeeming from this boring, confusing, offensive, disgusting and hateful play.

Don't see it if you object to transphobia, homophobia, misogyny, bad writing, bad direction, bad dialogue, and want to actually want to be entertained.

Also Diaspora by Nathaniel Sam Shapiro: No Point Being Clever, The Play is ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Annoyingly, dismayingly au courant

See it if If you're willing confront the reality of values and behavior of today's young Jews

Don't see it if If you're not interested in comparing the banality of the present with the excessive godliness of the Judaic biblical past.

Also The contemporary Jewish characters are dismayingly shallow, but alas I... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want to see a thoughtful, nuanced play, that will make you laugh, but also retell a famous story from a new perspective

Don't see it if You can't understand or handle nuance, or if you are sensitive to bad language

Raunchy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if If you want a middle school, one dimensional take on an incredibly complex subject. Lacks sophistication or subtlty of any kind.

Don't see it if You want something sophisticated. You want to actually touch on any of the issues that are posed in the taglines or authors notes.

Also Thinly drawn characters. Performers do their absolute best. They admir... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Historically inaccurate

See it if you want an inaccurate and skewed view of the heroism and tragedy that was Masada.

Don't see it if you are easily offended when a character makes fun of the Holocaust.

Also I don't have a clue how the author came up with the blue print for his... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You’re willing to sit through bad stereotypes of kids on birthright behaving badly, juxtaposed with a rewriting of Masada story. Acting fine

Don't see it if You need a coherent show making a point. Writer tells in long note in playbill that he’s still thinking this through and it shows

During previews
Quirky, Raunchy, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You like a show that focuses more on today’s youth and tries to point out the history of way back in time and now.

Don't see it if If you want to see shows that make sense and tell a story in a way that’s not so over the top in getting the point across. Missed the mark.

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow

See it if The SYNOPSIS sounded good. Some good acting and the staging as very creative.

Don't see it if The writing didn't quite live up to the promise. I'm not a fan of unnecessary cursing. Needs work. Has potential.

Also Didn't make an effort to express more than a cliched view of the chara... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Unfocused

See it if The theme has potential but the execution is not there.

Don't see it if You dislike slow shows with no clear direction.

During previews
Raunchy, Great staging, Work in progress

See it if You enjoy seeing a play in its earlier stages of development.

Don't see it if You do not want to hear crude language or graphic descriptions of hook ups.

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Great writing

See it if You are interested in Jewish Americans and their connection with Israel.

Don't see it if You want a straight through storyline.

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Confusing, Slow

See it if You looking for the unexpected! Great acting, interesting flip-flopping

Don't see it if You’re A.D.D.