Hold These Truths
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Hold These Truths
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Hold These Truths NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(30 Reviews)
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Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Hang A Tale Theater Company presents this solo play inspired by the life of a real Japanese American, who fought against US government's efforts to set up internment camps during World War II. 

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85
Relevant, Moving, Well acted, Compelling history, Intelligent

See it if you'd enjoy a riveting lesson abt Japanese internment thru the eyes of the young man who fought the order all the way to the US Sup Court.

Don't see it if you dislike solo shows. But Joel adroitly embodies many characters. Hirabayashi, an American hero, fought for his Constitutional rights. Read more

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Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Passionate, Inspiring

See it if Powerful writing and acting. Scary how quickly the nation can be overcome by fear and racism, and discard the principles of its founding.

Don't see it if You don't want to immerse yourself in historical injustice. You already know what happened and don't want to see it brought to life.

95
Absorbing, Beautifully acted and written, Relevant, Intelligent, Worthy

See it if you want to be fully engaged in theater thru a mesmerizing performance & meaningful script. Joel is stunningly talented. Just great.

Don't see it if Not interested in history or a thoughtful look at values/ideals. This is a smart, moving, touching play that makes u think. Not heavyhanded. Read more

90
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if You value brilliant acting and writing. You believe in the constitution. You want to see how racial hysteria fails us

Don't see it if You voted for Trump. You think a wall is a good idea. You thin the constitution is just a piece of paper

91
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see Joel de la Fuente deliver a tour de force performance in this compelling story.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in history of in seeing a story that makes you question your faith in the Constitution. Read more

88
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You are interested in history and want to learn something about a hero who fought against injustice.

Don't see it if You want to believe that everything is fine in America and always has been.

95
Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Bravura acting, Elegant storytelling

See it if You enjoy being swept away by a stellar performance telling a specific, yet broadly relevant story. Too relevant today.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-man shows, or you don’t like your theater to have a political core. Read more

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like 1 man shows in an intimate settings about Japanes:/American history that’s relevant today

Don't see it if You don’t want to feel depressed about our country’s politics

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
December 18th, 2017

“Elegantly directed by Rothe in a top-notch production...A gripping story about a shameful chapter of our history, when the US government looked at its own people and saw the enemy...De la Fuente’s endearing solo performance, which vividly — and, more often than you’d think, comically — renders Gordon and the constellation of people around him. Ms. Sakata’s deeply researched script could come off as preachy, but in De la Fuente’s hands, Gordon is a sweetly steely idealist.”
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TheaterScene.net
December 9th, 2017

"Joel de la Fuente magnificently portrays Gordon Hirabayashi...His uniformly sharp characterizations are accomplished with ease, precision and depth...Sakata skillfully imparts all of this information and more with dramatic force and occasional humor...Due to its superior writing, arresting visual qualities and Joel de la Fuente’s enthralling presence, 'Hold These Truths' is a searing and highly informative take on its subject."
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Stage Buddy
December 18th, 2017

"A wonderful documentary of an American hero. The work is professionally performed and rendered, which allows for this great American story to be fully told...De la Fuente’s performance is remarkably efficient, buoyant, and specific with some of the best elocution I’ve encountered recently to buttress wonderful storytelling...De la Fuente told the story so clearly...There was never a wasted movement, no act didn’t contribute to the tale...It totally worked."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 25th, 2016
For a previous production

"Joel de la Fuente was astonishing in his ability to be all of these individuals. With the slightest shift in his tone of voice, facial expression, and posture he glided effortlessly among this diverse roster...Lisa Rothe oversaw the seamless transition among characters, places, and times, never allowing the story to rest...A sharply written play, an important history lesson and a reflection on the world today. This production certainly fully realized the breadth and depth of the story."
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U
October 21st, 2012
For a previous production

"It takes a deft dramatic hand to craft moving theatre out of social history and courtroom drama, and a nuanced actor to portray the passage of time and multiple characters. The Epic Theatre production of Jeanne Sakata‘s 'Hold These Truths' reveals just such deftness of hand and actor nuance...The experience of this piece of theatre is that life story and more — culled to its human and emotional essence, we hold Hirabayashi’s story as we must all 'hold these truths.'"
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Indy Week
April 24th, 2014
For a previous production

"Sakata’s play is deeply particular—an intimate telling of a heroic story lived by a captivating person...Joel de la Fuente, under the direction of the remarkable Lisa Rothe, fully engages your attention for a fast-moving 85 minutes...It provides a coda to the company's year-long consideration of the many forms of power madness—and the many forms of forgiveness possible, once even the shouting is over."
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Triangle Arts and Entertainment
April 25th, 2014
For a previous production

"Onstage, de la Fuente proves chameleon-like, effortlessly and believably going from one character to the next...In fact, once the curtain closes on this lyrically mesmerizing show, it’s hard to believe that only one actor has been onstage the entire time...Making everything possible is Sakata’s lovely, lilting script. She manages to weave a tapestry of experience that is at times funny, at times uplifting, and sometimes, just tremendously sad and shocking."
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Twin Cities Arts Reader
October 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"To call de la Fuente’s performance a tour de force would be misleading—although it is surely that. Under the skilled direction of Lisa Rothe, de la Fuente embodies multiple characters as well as Hirabayashi across several decades of his life...The power in de la Fuente’s performance comes from his utter avoidance of any virtuosic, 'show-offy' moments...This play can offer some salve for the weary soul as it portrays the sometimes long, but hopefully inevitable, bend toward justice."
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S
October 13th, 2016
For a previous production

"Joel de la Fuente conjures a variety of characters with virtuosic ease under Lisa Rothe’s spare and focused direction...Sakata’s play is not a polemic but rather a multilayered portrait arising from anecdotes, memories, and telling details. The most striking aspect of 'Hold These Truths' is de la Fuente’s portrayal of Hirabayashi as a cheerful warrior...This well-crafted and beautifully acted piece offers not just a glimpse of the past but an extraordinarily relevant message for today."
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