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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
81
Avg Score

49
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're interested in multimedia or stage design

Don't see it if you're looking for something entertaining, moving or interesting

79
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like youthful show with some music, and a very interesting background. Overall good performances, and real interesting effects

Don't see it if It is a bit long in parts. Not your typical musical... which is a very good thing.

92
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to be inspired. You want to learn the emotional journey some troubled youth go through. You want to laugh and cry in the same show.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas. You don't like actors playing multiple roles. You are looking for a comedy.

Also This show was super cool. I liked the way the short snippets of dance ... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are interested in plays about current social issues. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to be involved in a Q&A after the show.

Don't see it if You're looking for theatre that is all wrapped up with a neat little bow. Mental health and life is messy, and this show doesn't candy coat

86
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if like to see an interesting take on family drama (parents and teens relationships) and great use of mix media

Don't see it if don't like shows that are not completely linear and involve mix media

70
Cliched, Excruciating, Relevant, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you're interested in the subject matter and can't find a quickly put together documentary on Netflix covering it.

Don't see it if you'd like a moving story arc or more than theatrical manipulations.

97
Absorbing, Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Exquisite

See it if you connect to shows about mental illness or parental guidance.

Don't see it if you dislike documentary-style monologues.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Clever

See it if If you are interested in seeing about trouble teens. It had different types of scenarios of how kids cope/not cope with teen years.

Don't see it if The scenarios are about modern day scenarios with teens. Don't see it, if you this is not of interest. My daughter, who is a teen, love it

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want to understand the struggle of adolescents growing up in broken families, trying to find their places in the world.

Don't see it if You like fast-paced, eventful and clear narratives. The stories are slow at times, and the character switch can be confusing.

82
Clever, Great acting

See it if You want a glance inside how parents and their kids deal with issues through Wilderness programs

Don't see it if Don't like documentary style plays.

92
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Seeing people persevere through difficult times is intriguing. The mix of documentary, dramatization, & visual arts was very engaging.

Don't see it if The expression of the struggle with choices & feelings is difficult to experience. This rather non-linear story telling requires imagination

80
Absorbing, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in exploring coming of age themes and occasionally retching family dynamics.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in teen/parent dynamics.

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.

89
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy thoughtful monologue driven pieces.

Don't see it if You aren't looking for heavy subject matter.

75
Thought-provoking, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy intersectionality of video and acting or have an interest in mental health stories.

Don't see it if You struggle to follow actors playing multiple roles or don't love dance routines scattered throughout.

93
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You like theater exploring emotions, family & interpersonal relationships.

Don't see it if You don't want to cry.

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you love deep theatre that tells a true story in a beautiful theatrical way. Staging/movement, acting, & writing was wonderful. Very moving

Don't see it if you don't like documentary theatre or some sections of monologuing. If you don't want to see something deep and just want light fluff

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

95
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if If you like beautiful staging, wonderful acting and a very relevant story about upper middle class kids.

Don't see it if If you do not want to see how parents struggle with broken teens and their journey to wholeness.

87
Absorbing, Great staging, Edgy, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a thoughtful and theatrically very deft exploration of the wilderness of families who resort to sending kids to boot camp.

Don't see it if You unfortunately need a trigger warning before watching an honest portrayal of several damaged families.

Also This is a self revelatory piece about a non-volitional group and very ... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in documentary storytelling, the dark edge, and slivers of light; or if you're a parent of a teenager.

Don't see it if You want to be passively entertained and you don't want to think about hard realities and painful emotions on your night out.

92
Ambitious, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if you live wit teenagers

Don't see it if you have no heart

100
Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if Go see it if you want to laugh, be touched, and marvel at the virtuosity of the staging and performance - telling a story we are touched by.

Don't see it if you don't like theatre that presses the envelope of human relations and the struggle to cope in this world.

100
Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Profound, Must see

See it if You like new plays that deal with issues that are effecting young people today- Also Folk-Rock Music, Multimedia Design and real stories

Don't see it if You don't like theater.

100
Engaging, significant, powerful,illuminating

See it if An essential and exquisitely produced portrayal of teen age angst and the implications for youth and family across the country. A must-see!

Don't see it if theater means pure entertainment to you.


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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