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Echoes

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

About the show

Henry Naylor's play juxtaposes the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart: a Victorian pioneer off to wed in the British colonies, and an Islamist British schoolgirl who joins the Jihad in Syria. More…

Part of the Brits Off Broadway fest and presented as a pair of intercut monologues, 'Echoes' showcases the stories of two different women. One is a student Jihadist from England. The other is a Victorian member of the Fishing Fleet, women who traveled to East Asia to wed the men setting up the Empire. Both are idealists: intelligent adventurers, with strong religious beliefs. And both travel to foreign lands with a mission to impose a system of government upon an unwilling people.


Member Reviews (10)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent
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Avg Score

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want to see excellent acting in a very intense play. If you like short plays (it's only about 50 minutes).

Don't see it if You don't want to see two actors play about 10 different parts. You don't want to see something serious.

95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like thoughtful plays, great acting, shows that try to help audiences understand what's going on in the Middle East.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light & fluffy. It's funny, but not lighthearted.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if the same prejudice two centuries apart, two idealistic women from two different religions - well told, well acted parallel stories.

Don't see it if you don't like material that makes you angry or hopeless that things aren't as different as we'd like

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Enchanting

See it if / to witness superb actors storytell cleanly and succinctly. With zero bells and whistles, you get on the ride. What theater is about.

Don't see it if you want splashy, or do not like 1-person shows (this is basically two 1-person shows in one). Everything is well done, though, so go.

80
Absorbing, Well written, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to spent a taut 50 minutes being introduced to two incredible young actresses and an ambitious, socially conscious playwright.

Don't see it if you are triggered by rape or violence against women (mostly narrated). You are an MRA. You don't like long monologues.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if brings you quickly to empathize with the two characters, one of whom you might think you're pre-disposed to dislike! But tragedy awaits...

Don't see it if you don't want your mind opened and your heart broken.

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if a show that is pure, simply staged and thought provoking.

Don't see it if you want to be challenged

93
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Dramatic writing and outstanding acting is a must for you to enjoy a play. Small venue that enhances the moments👍

Don't see it if Serious dialogue about women's empowerment is not your thing.

100
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to be totally absorbed and leave with real food for thought

Don't see it if Can't concentrate for an hour- it's quite intense and is just 2 actors with minimal props/scenery

During previews
35
Dreadful

See it if You are dying, and want 50 minutes to feel like 2 hours, or you need to be disabused of a notion that any man can write female characters.

Don't see it if You don't like ham handed political theater with its story turned up to eleven presuming you are too stupid to get the point otherwise.


April 29th, 2016
"See this emotive two-hander that will take your breath away. Wonderfully staged and superbly acted, it is a haunting, poignant show...Houlbrooke and Braganca are extraordinary in their roles...They master their characters with complete authenticity. You will be spellbound by their performances.....
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April 24th, 2016
"The writing and the portrayals are so thoroughly compelling that we are pulled immediately into Tillie and Samira's worlds...Despite its brevity (under an hour), and using only the alternating stories offered up by two very talented performers, 'Echoes', co-directed by the playwright and Emma Bu...
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April 25th, 2016
"Both actresses very skillfully perform as those central characters as well as their husbands and an assortment of people they encounter...This work is not groundbreaking but it does very effectively depict the two women and their plights with shrewdly imparted historical and cultural details...T...
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April 25th, 2016
"It’s a captivating compare-and-contrast of religious fervor...The downside to this call-and-response approach, though, is that while we certainly feel the shock and awe of the girls’ suffering, we might have found even greater compassion if they had presented their tales one at a time...Both act...
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