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Wilderness

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious

About the show

En Garde Arts presents a world premiere multimedia piece inspired by real-life experiences of young adults struggling to find meaning in their lives. More…

This new documentary theatre event speaks to our collective search for connection and hope, as families grapple with the extraordinary pressures of the 21st century. It explores the challenges of coming of age in an increasingly fragmented society and presents multiple perspectives of trauma and recovery, anchored by real-life narratives that elucidate issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity. Developed over two years through firsthand interviews and extensive field research, 'Wilderness' features a driving folk score and sweeping video landscapes.


Member Reviews (54)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious

63
Preachy, Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Lackluster

See it if you're interested in an experiment about how to combine documentary style footage with live theater or are compelled by the topic.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that show, as opposed to tell -- the script uses a framing device that is better suited to a documentary than to theater.

Also I feel bad criticizing this show because it's clear that the subject m... Read more Read less

53
Preachy, Dizzying, Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You want to Know more about camps for teenagers run by a therapy group

Don't see it if A play with a " relevant " but " preachy " message might bore you

60
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in documentary-style theater exploring lives of real people.

Don't see it if you want to see a "story" with linear plot.

58
Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to get snippets of a character's life/perspective and hear about different struggles that youth face

Don't see it if you prefer to see some character development over time. you need something with a better pace. was a bit slow and i dozed off for a few.

60
Disappointing, Triggering, Safe, Insensitive, Repetitive

See it if you are a bad parent looking for validation. Acting was mixed with some interesting movement direction and set design. Not really a musical.

Don't see it if you have experience with childhood trauma or are looking for redeeming storytelling. I never believed any of the youth were out of control.

Also In the docu-testimonials, the parents' lack of emotion, empathy, and r... Read more Read less


October 27th, 2016
"A terrific, moving new multimedia theater piece about troubled youth...Despite the complexity of its structure, the production’s emotional fluency is bell-clear, as is its honesty about the complex and sometimes mysterious roots of the characters’ problems...The young actors are all superb...'Wi...
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November 1st, 2016
"There isn't much new here. The play never becomes more than a static after-school special of the '90s. The performances themselves also feel forced and not fully lived in...Director Bockley places this collage together as best as he can, though the performances can never recover from their momen...
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November 7th, 2016
"Now and then the juxtaposition of interview footage with scripted scenes took some of the punch out of the latter...Interpretive movement sequences, directed by Devon de Mayo and Patrick McCollum, did not seem entirely necessary but nonetheless fit in with the overall aesthetic. While some of th...
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November 6th, 2016
"A compassionate glimpse at the outer edge of teenage angst...A smart ensemble of young actors turns the real-life stories from Hamburger's research into an endearing constellation of high school kids in distress...Though it's poignant to hear from the parents, the interactions between the teens ...
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