The Refugees
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The Refugees
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The Refugees NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(38 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
13%
Negative
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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 (38)

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971 Reviews | 227 Followers
69
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.

796 Reviews | 219 Followers
74
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.

608 Reviews | 122 Followers
78
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.

284 Reviews | 32 Followers
83
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

232 Reviews | 123 Followers
80
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.

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197 Reviews | 59 Followers
80
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

197 Reviews | 46 Followers
100
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

126 Reviews | 21 Followers
72
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You like off-off broadway works, works that are still in development, new works commenting on current issues, plays.

Don't see it if You don't like newer works, plays, off-off Broadway shows, or shows that are not completely polished. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

Theatermania
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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TheaterScene.net
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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T
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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