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Great Again

Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing
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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.

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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.

 

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Reviews (56)

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TheaterScene.net

"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

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The Reviews Hub

“‘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

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Theater In The Now

"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

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Avg Score

74
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Enjoy works by writers who may not be well-known though established.

Don't see it if Don't want any more plays about the post-election sentiment.

60
Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see talented young actors doing their best to overcome weak material.

Don't see it if Tired political posturing and trite, tired plot makes you want to head for the exit.

75
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you like plays with a political edge

Don't see it if if you like more polished productions. If you don't have patience for slightly unfinished works.

Also "In the line" is unnecessarily long and slightly discombobulated. "The... Read more Read less

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Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

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.

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want to see a different play with interesting staging.

Don't see it if You want to have all concepts explained.

Also It was a little too long, but very good acting.

40
Indulgent, Banal, Excruciating, Fluffy, Uneven acting

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")

72
Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see something different on a small level with changing characters in front of your eyes..

Don't see it if you are expecting a typical linear play.

51
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You support small productions.

Don't see it if You expect a clear story that goes somewhere.

Also It has a pretty good start, and you look forward to the concept create... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Delightful, Epic, Exquisite, Entertaining

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!

90
Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want to diversity on stage. Yes! It's refreshing to see new work that challenges the status quo on many levels.

Don't see it if If you like comfortable easy traditional dramas.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want engaging, imaginative and theatrical material - particularly the first play.

Don't see it if You like commercial, mainstream work.

95
Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you love watching great writing and tremendous acting.

Don't see it if you are not into having your thoughts provoked.

97
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh and be entertained!

Don't see it if you have no time in your life for humor and great writing!

89
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You enjoy great acting and seeing something new and different in theatre.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional, linear plays.

Also Even if you prefer more traditional plays, you should give this evenin... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You've a love for the absurd and abstract...but not in a creative way!

Don't see it if You want to see a good play!

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During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you know someone involved in the production

Don't see it if you value your time. The cast gave it their all but these two stories were difficult to sit through.

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During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant, Great staging

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.

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During previews
Funny, Great acting, Slow, Great staging

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.

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During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

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.

Also The blurb I read about the play said that it had to do with the 2016 e... Read more Read less

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During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Scattered, Work in-progress

See it if You want to experience some raw energy coming from a youthful cast.

Don't see it if One is looking to see a more polished show.

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During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

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.

Also The two one-acts work well together as an evening. The first, "In the ... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Great acting, Slow, Entertaining

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.

87
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

49
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

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

80
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thought provoking, analytical, plays about diversity, political opinions, and sensitivity about hate crimes.

Don't see it if If you like light, entertaining musicals.