The Refugees
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The Refugees

The Refugees NYC Reviews and Tickets

(37 Reviews)
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Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious

Immigration causes heated debate in a world that blends Ancient Greek myth with the modern day.

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Member Reviews (37)

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944 Reviews | 225 Followers
Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal

See it if A refugee play with an okay cast.

Don't see it if Needs to be fine tuned . Writing directing and acting are just fair.

769 Reviews | 212 Followers
Relevant, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like views on current social issues that reveal inequities of wealth and justice. There is some good, heavy writing here, bit of humor.

Don't see it if you want perfection - some refinement needed here to make it a solid production, or if you do not like minimalist staging.

598 Reviews | 121 Followers
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if About immigration issues, and makes you think about current events. At time funny too.

Don't see it if you want a big flash stage.

282 Reviews | 32 Followers
Clever, Refreshing, Relevant, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You like small quirky productions Very well acted . The Greek theme is clever but not heavy handed , raises smart relevant questions

Don't see it if You want a fluffy big production comedy or musical

214 Reviews | 120 Followers
Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if An intense new take on an old Greek myth that sparks moral questions on refugees, performed by a good cast on a minimal stage.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to be entertained by social issues, or your mind needs a break from serious stuff.

185 Reviews | 58 Followers
Fresh, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if into a play about refugees and the generation gap, presented as if in ancient Greece.

Don't see it if well - there are those slow moments... Read more

193 Reviews | 46 Followers
Stellar writing & acting, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like very enthusiastic & believable young actors in a masterful play asking very important questions related to refugees & their origins

Don't see it if No reason not to see it if you have a heart and brain, and want to think about refugees and their plights. As bonus you get stellar acting! Read more

116 Reviews | 23 Followers
Clever, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like innovative stories told w/ Greek chorus added. You like strong voices and pts of view. To be affected and keep talkings afterward

Don't see it if You want a large splashy show. Don’t care about immigrants.don’t want to hear other points of view besides yours. They will challenge you!

Critic Reviews (5)

June 9th, 2022

"In the mundane brutality of 'The Refugees,' Kaliski lays bare the tangle of history, diplomacy, and politics that separates the Cuban defector from the Honduran border-crosser. Most refugees will have had little to no control over the circumstances that placed them into one category or another. In that way, the fatalist Greeks have something to teach Americans as we nervously stride into the 21st century clinging to our notion of free will and hoping to bend the arc of history toward justice."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 9th, 2022

"Alas, as a tool of social and political activism, the play lacks necessary urgency. Understandably, 'The Refugees' as a Greek tragedy shows the universality and historical significance of the ongoing humanitarian crises. It gives us a chance to consider the issue apart from the reported caravans moving toward our own borders or the millions of homeless people in the rest of the world."
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June 13th, 2022

Kaliski attempts a clever conceit marrying "The Oresteia" characters to the modern tragic story of the homeless hordes. Does "The Oresteia" provide an effective jumping off point to explore this timely and heartbreaking issue? Sadly, the answer is no. Kaliski has written a play whose subject matter is only tangentially connected to the characters Orestes, Electra and Clytemnestra who, in Greek mythology, lived in ancient Argos. Their stories of patricide and matricide and other ‘cides have no connection—emotional or situational—to the problem at hand and Kaliski doesn’t try very hard to splice the two subject matters together.
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New York Sun
June 9th, 2022

"Although ‘Refugees’ may sound like an earnest, even preachy exercise on paper, Stephen Kaliski, wielding a deft mix of skepticism and whimsy, portrays both the issues at hand and the people divided over them as maddeningly complicated."
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June 10th, 2022

"'The Refugees' unfolds in a world that is simultaneously our own and that of classical Greek drama. As a modernized House of Atreus struggles internally with how to deal with the refugees who have made their way to an Argos spared by chance from climatic disaster, this movingly clear-sighted show, which is partnered with Women for Afghan Women, ... asks us to consider how far and to whom our obligation to help extends."
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