The Fall (St Ann's Warehouse)
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The Fall (St Ann's Warehouse)
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The Fall (St Ann's Warehouse) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(20 Reviews)
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85%
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Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great singing

About the Show

St. Ann's Warehouse presents this hit from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, where a cast of seven actors recount their experiences as student leaders of a protest movement on the University of Cape Town campus.



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Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Exquisite, Inspiring

See it if Students lead a social justice movement in South Africa. Singing and chanting. Debate over the course of action. I was immersed and moved.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy social justice plays, or the point of view of millenials. You don’t want to learn more about race & class issues.

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Absorbing, Relevant, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if play written by cast about their involvement in a protest movement at the Univ. of Cape Town; monologues interspersed with singing

Don't see it if don't want issues of racism & colonialism; don't like minimalist sets; want dialogue rather than mostly monologues Read more

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
March 12th, 2018

"Stirring ensemble theater piece...Not so much a protest play, as it is a play about a protest, and that distinction is what it gives this docudrama its arresting complexity...That each cast member is such a compellingly specific presence is a blessing and a necessity...The rushing momentum of what happened, both scary and exhilarating, is most evocatively conjured by the details of first-person reminiscence...There is an infectious, heady joy in such scenes."
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Theatermania
March 13th, 2018

"There's nothing naive or immature about this rousing piece of political theater. Instead, this collective work exudes the kind of nuance and wisdom born from difficult personal experience...The kind of mature, clear-eyed hindsight that is the mark of promising young artists...Ultimately, it's that sense of blazing passion that one is left with in 'The Fall'...'The Fall' stands as a stirring testament to their adaptability and fortitude, with lessons that deserve to be heard."
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Theatre is Easy
March 17th, 2018

"The student is the future in this powerful piece of social justice theatre...Its brutal honesty holds up a mirror that both reflects and amplifies its source. This exceedingly well-made devised piece revolves around the events during and after the Rhodes Must Fall movement in South Africa...Though experimental in nature, the piece never ventures into obscurity...The value of 'The Fall' lies in its ability to expand our existing understanding of activism."
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The Telegraph (UK)
August 9th, 2016
For a previous production

"This fleet-footed piece blazes with a sense of injustice and yearning for change that is hard to refute...Though steaming with militant ire...the piece avoids angry agit-prop, by honouring the arc of the protest...'The Fall' invigoratingly charts the Biko-isation of a generation of students; where it will end, though, is another matter. About the role of the Zuma government in this fraught chapter the show is studiously quiet."
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What's On Stage (UK)
October 2nd, 2017
For a previous production

"It's a vivid account...If the subject seems timely, it's because the arguments have spread...If the arguments have become familiar, 'The Fall' pushes on. What happens next?...Told collectively and directly – old-school agit-prop – a lot of 'The Fall's' drama comes from heated debate. Jostling argument does the job of action and, under Clare Stopford's supervision, it covers the bases...Music acts almost as a balm...The songs stand for something in their own right as well."
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The London Evening Standard
September 29th, 2017
For a previous production

"The story is explosive but the storytelling itself is dynamite, as a seven-strong ensemble of former UCT drama students talk, sing, chant, dance, and stomp their way through 80 pulsating minutes of anger and sadness...The conversation of the energized student movement ranges far and wide...Throughout it all, the energy levels never falter in a production curated with confidence and spark...A valuable and vital piece of theatre."
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The Times (UK)
October 2nd, 2017
For a previous production

"It is one thing to have heard about the Rhodes Must Fall campaign on the news, but it is another to see, hear, feel the story...The arguments are epic and the truths spoken and shouted here send chills down the spine as the students wrestle with being black or mixed race, rich or poor, revolutionaries or pragmatists...Whatever your views, you can feel how authentic it is. These young people, the future of South Africa, are letting us in, telling us their truths, crying for their future...I loved it."
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August 13th, 2017
For a previous production

"A play that’s a nuanced, compelling insight into their fight. This close-knit group erupts onto the stage, humming with energy and resolve...A series of tightly-scripted debates show them wrestling with these problems...Here, infectious dance sequences show that they've got the energy to make their theories real. But more ponderous, dragging group movements also show their struggle’s psychological toll...'The Fall' couldn’t be more topical. It captures a spirit, a cultural moment."
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Time Out London
July 28th, 2017
For a previous production

"This is an energising show, performed by its seven actors in song to a foot-stomping rhythm, capturing the heady rush of finding a cause to fight for...There’s real power here, as each performer takes their turn in the spotlight to give their own perspective...What adrenalizes this show are the differences it splits open between the students depending on their background. It’s not a tidy portrait of people unified by a common cause...It’s also a funny, humane piece of work."
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August 11th, 2017
For a previous production

"The show pulses with life, and with the kind of passionate song and movement first glimpsed on the Edinburgh Fringe more than three decades ago, during the last years of apartheid. What makes 'The Fall' remarkable, though, is its combination of that pure physical energy with a uniquely vital, detailed, and profound political argument about how – so many years on – real decolonization and freedom is to be achieved."
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BritishTheatre.com
September 29th, 2017
For a previous production

"Exuberant and thought-provoking...Every molecule of the space of the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs is packed with the energy, enthusiasm, passion, and commitment of the seven strong ensemble. The singing alone is powerful and uplifting, it feels that there are more than seven people on stage, and the movement is exciting and captures perfectly that feeling of protest. The cast are terrific...There is no doubt that the play really connected with its audience."
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The Stage (UK)
August 4th, 2017
For a previous production

"This goes deeper into contemporary South African politics by confronting the divisions over gender, patriarchy, race, and class that split the movement when the statue had come down and the struggle turned to other issues...This begins to roar when the students get to confront and being to understand each other’s own issues...This is a truly ensemble production which has both teeth and heart. And one which stands for student revolt around the world and down the ages."
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The Upcoming (UK)
September 30th, 2017
For a previous production

"Though its handful of seven characters spend a lot of time performing monologues, they are nevertheless fully realized and have a convincing and charming dynamic. This serves to make the conflicts and divisions between them more poignant and the moments in which they are able to come together immensely satisfying...This production tells a story embedded in South African history and experiences in a way that is unflinchingly honest and unapologetically proud."
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