See it if Chen's cerebral labyrinth of a drama about identity, class structure & colonialism Well staged & designed for an edgy, disorienting effect
Don't see it if Takes time for concept to crystallize & still dense at times Politics often heavy handed & appropriation of EM Forester novel questionable
See it if you're interested in topics of racism, prejudice, and immigration. Some scenes more effective than others, but terrific acting from all.
Don't see it if you prefer a play that isn't purposefully ambiguous. Nothing is given a proper name so audience brings own interpretation.
Also You will be required to remove your shoes when entering the theater.
See it if enjoy intelligent discussions, acted well, regarding those that have and those that don't. very topicial
Don't see it if want logs of action. most scenes are just two people so not a lot of interaction.
See it if you like beautifully designed, zen-like sets, simple costumes/props/lighting w/ abstract, but rich dialogue. Makes you think about humanity
Don't see it if you prefer shows with a clear wall between the audience and characters. Not for those who want a concrete, understandable, & confined story.
See it if You are interested in how we connect in divided times, you have an interest in politics in theatre, see it to go on a journey
Don't see it if Not interested in politics or foreign relations, looking for something straightforward, not interested in topics like colonialism
See it if a cerebral intense fantasia on Forster's Passage to India from playwright Chris Chen. beautifully directed by Saheem Ali with fine cast
Don't see it if if intense intellectual plays on themes of colonialism and oppression are not your cuppa tea, this is not for you
See it if You want intelligent, thoughtful meditations on deep sociocultural traumas embedded in us all.
Don't see it if You need very linear, very clear theater and have no patience for philosophical discourse or metatheatrics
See it if you want a play that explores issues of colonialism & racism in a reductive, uninteresting way, topped off with 4th-wall-breaking pedantry.
Don't see it if you've ever traveled & thought about colonialism/racism/effect of 1st-world travelers on the developing world. You hate being talked down to
See it if you love being challenged and have some introspection. The balance of subjectivity and objectivity is simply fascinating.
Don't see it if you have a weak back! There are only a few seat that have back support and it's 90 minutes without an intermission. My only complaint!
See it if You want to watch an immersive play about oppression & otherness without the material being too heavy-handed. Reminded me of Caryl Churchill
Don't see it if You are tired of watching plays about oppression and otherness. It's getting old, but this play isn't loud and overt like most plays today.
See it if you want a harrowing picture of colonialism, otherism, and racism.
Don't see it if you don’t want to be challenged and retrospective about hard, real topics.
See it if You like nontraditional staging and if you’re interested in seeing powerhouse Bway/Off Bway veterans in an intimate space.
Don't see it if Audience engagement makes you uncomfortable.
See it if One of the best shows that display and contest colonialism and prejudices At times challenging to watch, yet at others comforting & communal
Don't see it if If you don't want to be provoked, challenged. Some loud noises & disturbing plot line.
Also This is the kind of theater should be produced across the U.S.
See it if You want to see something different. You love a good set design. You love plays that are intensely theatrical.
Don't see it if You have a bad back; or at least, arrive very early to get a seat with a back. Still, very cool seating design.
See it if this was amazing truly one of the best works of the 21st century see this not matter what it takes
Don't see it if We live in a post colonial society you have to see this you don’t get a choice
See it if you’re interested in how colonialism’s legacy shapes both former colonizers & colonized as they operate in the current global economy.
Don't see it if you want a finished theater piece: this production feels unequal to the task it sets for itself.
See it if You are interested in anything racism, colonialism, otherism. This conceptual (characters identified only as letters) show may be for you.
Don't see it if The ideas of people (though well acted) seem devoid of humanity, leaving things too dry for us to care.
See it if you're okay with seeing plays that don't have a straight-forward narrative that also occasionally break the fourth wall.
Don't see it if you are looking for a straightforward retelling of A Passage of India.