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The Hope Hypothesis

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the show

In Voyage Theater Company's world premiere, when a law student arrives at a government facility to finalize her immigration paperwork, her unusual birth certificate triggers an absurd series of events. More…

From the show:

When a law student arrives at a government facility to finalize her immigration paperwork, her unusual birth certificate triggers an absurd series of events that take on a life of their own. THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS is a dark comedy that asks how we have arrived at this place of suspicion and fear — and what it means to us as individuals and as a society.


Member Reviews (19)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
78
Avg Score

85
Insightful, Dark, Relevant, Refreshing, Funny

See it if Dark comedy in a Twilight Zone DMV office that is paranoid about terrorism. Witty dialog & surprising plot twists reinforce a serious theme

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedy with an emphasis on the comedy. You want more realism. You are uninterested in the theme of fear doing damage.

75
Yes, dark., Uneven tone, Good set, Smart staging, Briskly-paced

See it if Want clever look at immigration issues, bureaucracy, govt in scary times. Enjoy well-directed/acted ensemble work & ok w dark/grim humor.

Don't see it if Odd disconnect -tough to be funny re current, ongoing immigration issues in 2019. Abrupt end. Contrived plot points but still, entertaining.

72
Quirky

See it if You like shows about a very serious topic where they try to lighten it up with comedy

Don't see it if You are expecting this to be a serious drama about immigration

Also I really appreciate the attempt of trying to take a serious subject an... Read more Read less

83
Comedy, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Exquisitely snarky. Imagine The Office in a DMV. Snappy scenes, comic antagonists, pointed legal humor. Miller's script= breath of fresh air

Don't see it if dislike an administrative farce. Not that it makes light of tough issues, but its wit, sarcasm, absurdity give sparkle to its introspection.

Also This isn't as despairing as the blurbs on Show-Score and Sheen Center ... Read more Read less

86
Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if you want to see a show using paradox and absurdity to skewer the pervasive climate of fear pervading the US.

Don't see it if you are a frightened little mouse wanting a big stick. You want a show that is able to introduce sarcasm into the argument

Also A wonderfully staged and acted show worth seeing just for that, but a ... Read more Read less

76
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested to hear a story about immigration in US. Even though we laughed a lot, the story is very sad and to the point

Don't see it if The shows that deals about current issues do not interest you, police custody scenes scares you, shows wt no intermission bores you,

77
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if kafkaesque 75 minute play about todays America and security...well acted and funny.

Don't see it if You don't like plays a out getting lost in the bureaucracy of today's government..

82
Abrupt, unsatisfying ending, Efficient unit set, Dhs meets kafka plot, Brisk pace, Great acting

See it if you're an American w/ no reason to encounter immigration officials & wonder how "suspicious" individuals are treated; you're foreign born

Don't see it if you don't care for plays on political hot-button topics; you confuse Homeland Security with Home Depot; you prefer more lavish productions

Also DHS meets Kafka in a brisk 75-min linear drama when a Turkish woman, w... Read more Read less

59
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a new play about current events.

Don't see it if You want a play that has found its tone.

Also I think there’s a really good dark comedy or political thriller somewh... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like a short play , which makes it's point using minimal staging. This dark comedy is performed beautifully by the cast of 7

Don't see it if you don't like a farce on the U.S. government , domestic terrorism, or abrupt endings

87
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a very serious + thought-provoking but yet at times very funny play about America & security in about 2019.

Don't see it if you are not interested in current issues about border security + reaction of different people to its necessity & execution.

Also My husband and I really enjoyed this play although it mad us sad remin... Read more Read less

75
Relevant, Banal, Quirky

See it if Average play about a woman held up by immigration authorities thinking she's a terrorist. Short play only about an hour running time.

Don't see it if The play wasn't bad by any means but it wasn't great either. Some lame jokes and writing as well. The acting was good though.

88
Fast paced, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in plays that are topical and fast paced, driven by quick dialogue to keep the story moving

Don't see it if You need a fancy set and big production, are not interested in seeing depictions of societal changes and distrust that me may be heading to

60
Uneven, Ambitious

See it if You like new ensemble driven plays about current issues.

Don't see it if You want a comedy that isn’t dark.

Also The script is interesting and the pace is right on tragic. But unfortu... Read more Read less

60
Ok

See it if You like new plays that straddle the line between comedy and drama.

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedies.

Also Interesting premise (plot) but the mixing of genres wasn't always succ... Read more Read less

59
Poorly written, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you are interested in seeing plays about our current immigration policy and Islamophobia.

Don't see it if you believe heavy handed attempts at comedy are ineffective.

95
Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You value drama that takes you by surprise. The minimalist sets are a perfect backdrop for a major political statement.

Don't see it if You want a standard narrative and a happy ending.

80
Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy socially charged dramas, dilemmas

Don't see it if You prefer a musical

88
Smart, funny,, Absorbing

See it if You like well-structured, well-acted, funny but tense top-notch plays with inexpensive tickets. (Full review at showshowdown.blogspot.com)

Don't see it if You want a totally light evening.


October 29th, 2019
"Governmental bureaucracy is serious yet slyly hilarious in 'THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS' at The Sheen Center"
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October 31st, 2019
"The dialogue, consisting almost entirely of short, snapped lines (some of them non sequiturs or near non sequiturs), amuses, even as it displays humanity as a fairly sorry lot. The play's immigration theme is, of course, a timely one."
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