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Passage

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great staging

About the show

Soho Rep presents this new fantasia on colonialism past and present by Obie Award winner Christopher Chen.


Member Reviews (22)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great staging
77
Avg Score

74
Confusing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious

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

80
Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

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.

83
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

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.

84
Abstract, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

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.

Also The audience is an important character in this show. There is an intim... Read more Read less

76
Resonant, Economical, Great direction, Thoughtful, Moving

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

Also A play that takes you on different paths and takes many turns. At firs... Read more Read less

79
Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

81
Riveting, Relevant, Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if theatrical allegory for xenophobia/colonialism/racism appeals to you.

Don't see it if Have back problems (seating favors limber bodies), prefer literal stories.

Also I thought the intentional allegorical nature of the setting (Country X... Read more Read less

52
Obnoxious, Heavy-handed, Unsubtle, Pedantic, Ambitious

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

Also I kind of hated this play and was offended at how the narrator talked ... Read more Read less

85
Beautiful design, Thoughtful, Relevant, Absorbing

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.

80
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if if you like theatre that skillfully provokes and raises uncomfortable questions

Don't see it if you prefer comedy and musicals to serious drama.

Also I am still thinking about this play days after seeing it....inspired t... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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!

82
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Epic, Absorbing, Enchanting

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

Also First things first, Christopher Chen is an amazing playwright, but thi... Read more Read less

83
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging, Absorbing

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.

95
Confusing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

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.

80
Amazing set design, Relevant, Unique, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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.

100
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

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

85
Refreshing, Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intellectual plays that force you to think about the world we live in.

Don't see it if You like action packed, fast paced, big shows.

During previews
68
Innovative, Sketchy, Hybrid, Tedious, Admirable

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.

Also Saheem Ali’s production of Christopher Chen’s “Passage” is strikingly ... Read more Read less

During previews
45
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking

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.

During previews
70
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also This is a really interesting remix of A Passage to India - my companio... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like downtown theatre that makes a statement.

Don't see it if You don't want to take your shoes off or need special seating arrangements - this was a very physically uncomfortable theatre experience


May 5th, 2019
"'Passage' sometimes feels more like a therapeutic workshop than a narrative drama. But the cast members speak their lines with a care and conviction that gives mooring specificity to instincts that many people traditionally experience in strange lands. It’s in the play’s second part...that Mr. C...
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May 9th, 2019
"Chen’s text takes colonialism out of any specific racial or temporal context in order to examine power, exploitation and resistance as nakedly as possible...Yet intertwined with these political arguments is a real and affecting drama...Chen’s remarkable writing is supported by a design team that...
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May 6th, 2019
"There’s something so earnest, so calmly and smilingly solicitous, about 'Passage' that the production can begin to feel like a focus group or a seminar on some particularly sensitive topic — and, in a sense, it is. But all the same, I couldn’t help feeling the play’s engine sputter whenever the ...
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May 5th, 2019
"Chen and his director Saheem Ali ensure that, if nothing else, their audience members are on equal footing...If it all sounds a little clinical, that's occasionally how it feels. Chen does his best to draw nuance from characters that inherently sound like placeholders, but that being the case, i...
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