Fault Line Theatre presents a play that contrasts the trials of an adolescent girl growing up in the late '90s with her 19th-century video game counterpart. More…
It’s 1997. Alone in her computer lab, 13-year-old Jane escapes from the awkward throes of puberty by virtually jumping in a covered wagon headed west on "The Oregon Trail." Under the guidance of the all-powerful Voice of the Game, we watch "Then Jane" navigate the perils of 1850s frontier life, while '90s Jane navigates the different but all-too-real dangers of high school, college, and, eventually, adulthood. Jane soon finds herself in her 20s, unemployed and battling an undefinable lifelong sadness she cannot name, even as “Then Jane” continues to face the tribulations of the trail. With nearly two centuries between them, both Janes face hardships that seem impossible to overcome—until they find one another.
See it if It was a rough show to get through . I was itching to leave after 15 minutes. Bad script. Poor staging .... I wanted to root for it, but ...
Don't see it if I would not recommend it.
See it if Despite an overall muddled feel, Brunstetter's then/now feminism often succeeds Acting is good esp E L Perkins but conceptualization stalls
Don't see it if Contemporary scenes never felt as potent as 1850s ones & lacked a needed punch Difficult to empathize with Vaynberg's malaise (acting?)
See it if you're a Bekah Brubaker fan, enjoy stories of women empowering themselves and finding their purpose, like plays set in 2 time periods
Don't see it if you expect realism and are not a fan of whimsy, unwilling to look beneath a character's outward actions, not a fan of subtle, quirky comedy
See it if You are looking to see a poorly written badly acted drama to compare with the many worthwhile ones being performed now in NY !
Don't see it if You care about plots that make sense. You are wanting to see new terrific young actors deal with a challenging script. Script/acting bad !
See it if want to support new scripts, Fault Line Theatre, & young acting company in a well mounted production including interesting ideas & staging
Don't see it if depression/ennui as subject matter is not your cup of tea, suspension of disbelief with computer gaming as a conduit 2 other worlds
See it if You want to laugh. You want to go on a journey with a young lady as she is coming of age and the the trials that life brings.
Don't see it if You are not interested in the journey of life that a young lady experiences. You don't want to laugh. You don't like non linear plays
See it if You like small ensemble shows dealing with relationships, mental health, and life choices.
Don't see it if you want something as good as The Dudleys!, this doesn't quite hit the mark.
See it if This has the potential to shine a light on depression, but the characters never reach their climax where they grow and change.
Don't see it if You are expecting more playfulness from the references to the 90s and the video game for which this play is named
See it if you have suffered from depression and grew up in the 90s. You like plays that stage multiple timelines simultaneously (e.g., Indian Ink).
Don't see it if you don't care about a whiny teenager's pseudo-problems or dysentery.
See it if you want to support a smart theater company and talented young artists. And you can identify with the lead character's depression.
Don't see it if you can't get past an undramatic premise. Emotional stasis isn't very involving & the connection to a hard-scrabble physical trek is rocky.
See it if you like very human accurate angst - amusing and clever and so funny.
Don't see it if you like everything linear - although still very easy to follow.
See it if you are a 90s kid who wants to reminisce and don't mind some suburban angst.
Don't see it if the story of a privilege white surbanite trying to find herself while struggling with mental illness will make you angry.
See it if you want to see a well-crafted coming of age dramedy. Or if you're an older millennial looking for a nostalgic theatrical experience
Don't see it if you're looking for something more high-brow or existential. This is a plot-driven, accessible show.
See it if you like female written plays, a relevant and refreshing way at looking at depression, quirky text and solid acting from young ensemble
Don't see it if you don't know like shows without an intermission, a predictable storyline or didn't care for the Oregon Trail game growing up
See it if You like solid scripts and strong performances. You can relate to feeling aimless as a young adult. You played Oregon Trail as a kid.
Don't see it if You're looking for nothing but comedy. The show has some very funny moments, but also some lovely and poignant ones.
See it if You are, were, or are responsible for an angst-ridden child of the early 90s, or would enjoy a character study of one.
Don't see it if You don't care about privileged young person problems. You want the show to effectively draw on the computer game in meaningful ways.
See it if really interested in subject matter, in tribulations of adolescent girl and of Oregon Trail. Don't care if show may disappoint you.
Don't see it if If you likely to get bored with drab show and don't care how they have gotten the trail wagon to 3rd floor stage with small elevator.
See it if You are intrigued by the concept of choosing your destiny and are interested in the subject of depression.
Don't see it if You require elaborate sets to focus your attention on a story line.
See it if you appreciate contemporary stories of young people struggling in life but trying to forge ahead, with humor and heart.
Don't see it if you have no connection to the old computer game, in which case some of the references might fly past you.
See it if you might enjoy a well-acted, original modern coming-of-age play about a depressed teenage girl who learns how to cope.
Don't see it if you don't like non-linear story lines that go back and forth in time about sensitive female characters!