Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members
Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members
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Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(9 Reviews)
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56%
Mixed
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Negative
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Great acting, Ambitious, Slow, Resonant, Absorbing

Mara Vélez Meléndez's Off-Broadway debut with a drag show about decolonizing places and people.

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Member Reviews (9)

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876 Reviews | 904 Followers
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Messy, Slow, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if it has many ambitious themes but murks everything up and accomplishes nothing. Less would have been more.

Don't see it if Pretentious at times. Messy and confusing with lots of longs uncomfortable "pauses". Poorly written and directed. Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
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Monotonous, Slow, Disappointing, Amateurish

See it if The story concept is interesting and has potential. I appreciate what the play was trying to say but it was muddled down by the production

Don't see it if Needs a lot of reworking. Format is repetitive. Has pacing issues & convos drag on. Long periods of nothing to allow for costume changes. Read more

420 Reviews | 61 Followers
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Super queer

See it if 2 gender non-conforming folks explain the economic oversight board members responsible for Puerto Rico's debts/grim future via a drag show.

Don't see it if Drag shows; social, political, economic policies; more experimental theater; decolonizing; queer expression aren't your thing. Read more

247 Reviews | 107 Followers
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Tackling too much, Long transitions, Entertaining, Repetitive

See it if You want to see some decent non-binary actors on stage. Or if you like drag performances for no reason.

Don't see it if You're expecting to take something about from what you've just seen. There really just wasn't anything there. Read more

55 Reviews | 3 Followers
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Resonant, Refreshing, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see contemporary theatre on revolution that queers expected narratives.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional modes of story telling or are not a fan of political theatre.

42 Reviews | 4 Followers
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Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if You love drag shows!!! But even better, informative drag shows! See if you want to leave still thinking about the piece days later.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light and easy.

1 Review | 0 Followers
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Hilarious, Intelligent, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You've felt invisible! Quite clever in re-imagining the one person Greek Chorus (Lolita Lebron) grabbing & SHARINGthe keys to the Kingdom!

Don't see it if You don't understand the economic plight of Puerto Rico, post World War II and the ensuingpredatory lending during the 2008 economic crisis.

137 Reviews | 18 Followers
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Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if Meléndez's political treatise cum drag show is an entertaining hot mess of gender fluidity, male hegemony & female empowerment via a pistola

Don't see it if Extremely non-linear yet coherent, its radical politics often hits with a surprising urgency Both leads are terrific; fabulous costumes

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
May 30th, 2022

"Demented, exuberant and appropriately angry, Vélez Meléndez’s play borrows from European absurdist theater, like the plays of Jarry and Genet, as well as a tradition of Latin American surrealism. As directed by David Mendizábal, who also designed the irrepressible costumes, the show takes place less in an office than in a shimmering theater of the mind."
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Time Out New York
June 1st, 2022

"4/5 Stars! Vélez Meléndez's play eviscerates norms of genre and gender with a piece that morphs, in the flick of a false eyelash, from agitprop to drag revue to horror show to moving portrait of self-acceptance...This show is raw, overwrought and often on the verge of going off the rails. It's also ambitious, discomfitingly insightful and—in its dissection of the vicious loops of oppression, be they personal or political—as pointed as a stiletto heel."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 31st, 2022

"Part agitprop invective about Puerto Rican independence, part miniaturized drag spectacle, Mara Vélez Meléndez’s play deliberately confuses categories, scrambling them together to establish a spurious comparison: the freedom of Puerto Rico as a metaphor for internal liberation (or vice versa)."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 31st, 2022

The parade of parodies unrolls like the competition on a ballroom runway, the entire enterprise putting one oddly in mind of Jean Genet's The Balcony (another exercise in politics and roleplay). Whether wildly caricaturing these gray financial experts as drag divas makes any sense is open to question. Even more questionable is the fingering of living person as targets for assassination…And, even in a fast-moving, turbocharged production such as this, the playwright's need to make travesties of all seven board members adds nothing to the overall argument… A play about the importance of personhood never seems to know what it is about.
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