Already closed | 1h 45m | West Village

Sanctuary City

From 17 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the show

2018 Pulitzer Prize winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Martyna Majok's new play about DREAMers offers a story that asks what we’re willing to sacrifice for someone we love.  More…

From the show:

DREAMers. Love(r)s. Life-long friends. Negotiating the promise of safety and the weight of responsibility, they’ll fight like hell to establish a place for themselves and each other in America. Rebecca Frecknall, director of the 2019 Olivier Award-winning Summer and Smoke, helms the production.

1h 45m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (17)


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

During previews
It's complicated..., Creative, Romantic, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if Boy/Girl find cost of disappointment/uncertainty of tomorrow when immigration is daily concern. "I was going to join the world I live in."

Don't see it if Once actors give up trying to keep up the calisthenics of matching the changing flash cues on a pitch stage and sink into story, it's over.

Also "Don't ask for her to come up or for her to come down/Some people shou... Read more Read less

During previews
To gimmicky

See it if You like avant-garde theater. This show is certainly not traditional in anyway

Don't see it if You’re going to be bothered by a very weird and nontraditional beginning that turns into more of a traditional play as a piece moves along

Also This is another one of these plays that I didn’t love but not because ... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if Empathizing with undocumented youth with the urgency and struggle and life choices too hard for them. Great acting. 2 hours, no intermission

Don't see it if Despite the title making it sound current, it's set years ago where some immigration policies no longer apply. Disjointed at times.

Also Diversity: all people of color cast! About undocumented people.... Read more Read less

During previews
Heartfelt, Intense, Sparse set, Repetitive dialogue, Worthy story

See it if Beautifully performed intermissionless play in three parts, the first is staccato: two interwoven stories abbreviated by flashes of light

Don't see it if very long, with a repetitive almost poetic monologue between two characters standing on a pallet, in the last part a third actor joins

Also the first part takes place over a short period of time, the latter par... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Confusing, Inconsistent, Well-acted, Thoughtful

See it if you want to experience a powerful, well-acted story of an undocumented young man and his friend since childhood who gets citizenship status.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a disjointed first part with repeated dialogue and non-linear storytelling. The second half is much better.

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you like stories with complex social situations in which plots are not always simple to follow.

Don't see it if small casts dealing with complex issues with dialogue which is not always straightforward.

Also This is a powerful play which is very relevant today and does try to d... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Circular arguments, Heartfelt, Relatable

See it if you connect with having a friend you would do anything for, and are interested in what stretching those bounds looks like.

Don't see it if you're looking for new; if you've been paying attention you know the horrors faced by immigrants. This doesn't go deeper.

Also the dialogue is very naturalistic. It hits a point where people's argu... Read more Read less

During previews
At-times muddled, At-times humorous, At-times clever, Different writing approach, Thought-provoking

See it if First impression is an ode to Payne's "Constellations" but evolves. Decent story, no new insights, common youth & immigration problems.

Don't see it if Don't enjoy non-linear format or repetition by design. Play holds interest, but if aware of world it's just different way of writing it.

Also Realize author has a Pulitzer and real critics with scripts in hand ma... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in how young people's lives were affected by our immigration laws

Don't see it if You are put off by a non linear first act that requires you to figure out was is going on

During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Martyna Majok's plays and want to see something that requires a bit of patience which eventually will be rewarding

Don't see it if you don't like minimal stagings and get confused by non-linear dialogue

Also Ande Dubus II would have loved this play. It was not an easy show to w... Read more Read less

During previews
Very compelling, thought-provoking, very well written

See it if you like Majok's amazing plays, she is quite brilliant, like compelling stories and multiple layers in a story.

Don't see it if you want light fare, need an intermission -- it would have been very disruptive -- and don't care about immigration issues.

Also This is a very cleverly crafted and well-thought out play. It is not l... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing, Intense, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays like Pass Over or Betrayal that employ non-linear time frame and frenetic broken up repetitive dialogue.

Don't see it if You have epilepsy and get seizures from lights. First half has frenetic and constant light changes. There is no intermission for 2hrs.

During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the life of DACA children growing up and surviving Interested in a contemporary drama in an innovative style

Don't see it if You are a bigoted, homophobic conservative You love Pence and Trump and Kushner You want a more traditional drama

During previews
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a struggle that is very real that is not often depicted onstage, you like innovative approaches to storytelling

Don't see it if You prefer all your stories be linear, you don't like plays about social issues that affect many people

During previews
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A small well crafted show. Episodic plot immigrant and identity themed. Love, forgiveness, family + friendships tested by politics +ambition

Don't see it if Men passionately kissing bothers you. Moral and political questions are not of interest. You don’t enjoy complexity and need a happy ending

During previews
Beautifully paced direction, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you want to see a powerful, relevant story about the hard choices one may have to make in life based on their given circumstances

Don't see it if dislike chewy, thought-provoking dramas where the dial is turned up gradually as the play builds. Loved the lighting design as well.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You like boundary pushing theatre, experiments in nonlinear storytelling, intimate drama, hypernatural dialogue, contemporary design/staging

Don't see it if You find jumbled timeline plays difficult to follow, don't like 110 minute shows without intermission, are looking for something flashy

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