Project Y presents an evening of two newly commissioned one acts written in response to the November 2016 election. 'Great Again' is part of Project Y's annual Women in Theatre Festival. More…
In 'The Test' by Crystal Skillman and directed by Jessi D. Hill, an English teacher in a struggling high school readies her juniors for the most important test of their lives. But when a symbol of hate appears in her classroom, she and two students on opposite sides of the recent election find their lives forever changed.
Chiori Miyagawa's 'In the Line' directed by Kristin Horton revolves around a woman who drops something while standing in a long line of people. She looks for the lost object as the line transforms into other lines—people waiting to vote, to buy the latest Nintendo, to get into the hottest restaurant—and she struggles to keep her original place. When she finally arrives at the front of this line that has shifted time and space, what she finds is a surprise. A magical exploration of loss, long lines, and letting go.
"Both illuminate, with stark presentational differences, some of the various challenges, impressions, and impulses facing women and people of color today...'In the Line' is a sweetly subversive and dreamlike tumble...Despite the piece’s focus on lines, Horton seamlessly incorporates a great deal of movement...Under Hill’s crisp and elegant direction, 'The Test' swiftly advances...A play about division, fear, resentment, and picking sides, and what it takes in 2017 to overcome it all." Full Review
"A program of two intriguing and engrossing works...Miyagawa’s dialogue is often poignant and wry, and it all builds to a wistful conclusion...'In the Line' is a vibrant and theatrically realized mediation on contemporary life...'The Test' is a fine blend of well-delineated characters, flavorful dialogue and provocative situations. It’s somewhat marred by a pedantic lecture near the end...It’s crisply staged with a measured pace...The acting is exceptional." Full Review
“‘The Test’ is a thoughtful and timely work...The performances are exceptional; the four-person cast truly functions as an ensemble. ‘Great Again’ is a mixed bag…Their pairing doesn’t feel organic—they are simply in dissimilar stages of development. While 'In the Line' isn’t quite ready for audiences yet, 'The Test' is a strong and fully realized work. That said, 'In the Line' isn’t egregiously bad, it’s just underdeveloped, while 'The Test' is definitely worth sitting through the first play.” Full Review
See it if you support new playwrights and small theater companies with a mission
Don't see it if you have low tolerance for rant-y plays that barely scratch the surface of any of the issues raised ("In the Line")
See it if you want to waste 2.5 hours of your life. Boring, amateurish writing, mediocre acting, disjointed. A mish- mosh of irrelevant skits.
Don't see it if you enjoy any other type of theater. There have to be a hundred different shows going on in nyc better than this. Just awful. Stay away.
See it if I really loved the show! It was amazing I liked everything about it. I was really impressed by the details and the set!
Don't see it if I think my boyfriend would have loved to see the show with me!
See it if Very entertaining. Ambitious. Great acting. Very funny at times also.
Don't see it if I would suggest seeing these plays because they are both very thought-provoking. Very interesting.
See it if ... you enjoy seeing beyond talented young people and GREAT acting.
Don't see it if ... you don't want to sit through 2 plays lasting a total of almost 3 hours. One at a time would have been enough.
See it if you like talented actors finding their way in interesting works in progress that could probably use a little more editing.
Don't see it if you've never had an adventure standing in line in NYC or you've missed out on the trickle down current crisis in education and hate speech.
See it if U don't care for some work in progress. 1st story was fun to watch. The 2nd could b great if some repetitive scenes r removed.
Don't see it if You can't put up with slow scene. The staging and acting saves the play although 2nd story needs help.
See it if you enjoy non-linear shows; you want to support new work; you want to hear thought-provoking conversations; you have patience...
Don't see it if you don't like topical plays; if you only like naturalistic plays; if you're looking for something polished and concise.
See it if You want to support new work, enthusiastic young theater company. Don't expect much connection to 2016 election.
Don't see it if You expect a clear plot. Both 1 act plays felt too long, acting was mediocre, & it was hard to stay interested in characters or story
See it if you want to help develop new playwrights and want to support a young, enthusiastic and devoted theatre group.
Don't see it if you want to see a polished, finished play. This play is a work in progress.
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