The Vagrant Trilogy
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The Vagrant Trilogy
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The Vagrant Trilogy NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(35 Reviews)
Positive
72%
Mixed
17%
Negative
11%
Members say
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

Award-winning playwright Mona Mansour delves into the Palestinian struggle for home and identity.

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Member Reviews (35)

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465 Reviews | 256 Followers
5
Excruciating, Disappointing, Poor casting choices, Needs serious work, Overlong

See it if you are interested in design. The first act is impressive. Then it is all downhill from there.

Don't see it if you want a fully developed play. The playwright needs to work with a dramaturge to bring more focus into this work. Acting is amateurish. Read more

399 Reviews | 45 Followers
74
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if well acted family drama in a larger context.

Don't see it if want a big sweeping story instead of one of a couple.

282 Reviews | 32 Followers
74
Relevant, Excruciating, Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if First act is stunning in content and design fabulous sets, full of expectation for acts 2-3 which torture us as it disappoints them

Don't see it if 3- 1/2 hours. The metaphor of being trapped feels literal Great potential disappoints them on stage and us as it doesn’t delve deep

187 Reviews | 22 Followers
70
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you are interesting in getting a a perspective on life as a palistinean - it opened my mind. But it is too long, too ambitious.

Don't see it if if you lack intellectual curiosity and patience

152 Reviews | 12 Followers
81
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if Enjoyed the show and ideas. Thoughtful we’ll do e

Don't see it if Way too long. Over three hours and hard to stay for whole

126 Reviews | 11 Followers
75
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a play with a set up in the first act and alternate realities in the second and third acts. I know it's been done before.

Don't see it if ...well you can't. I saw the last performance. Read more

112 Reviews | 20 Followers
85
Resonant, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate well written plays, great dramas, wonderful multiple story lines, incredible sets, great three act shows.

Don't see it if You don't like longer dramas, off-Broadway shows, shows dealing with war and refugees, shows that jump around different times. Read more

102 Reviews | 46 Followers
60
Poorly cast, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You have a particular interest in the subject matter. The difficult subject was handled with care.

Don't see it if If the leads are out. Understudies were not able to handle the acting needs. Easily boring, the play is longer than needed to make its point

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
May 11th, 2022

"Mansour’s rich trilogy about a displaced Palestinian family is captivating, and for all the protean theatricality of Mark Wing-Davey’s gorgeous production, watching it feels somehow like being engrossed in a novel, with that same luxuriant sense of immersion and transport. Woven of poetry and politics, threaded with comedy, it’s Stoppardian in its intellectualism and doesn’t shy from poignancy."
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Theatermania
May 11th, 2022

"Mansour presents flawed, deeply relatable characters in a seemingly intractable situation. Far from a political polemic about the Middle East, 'The Vagrant Trilogy' shows the human cost of history and forces us to imagine what we would do if given Adham's choice — if we were even lucky enough to have a choice."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 15th, 2022

"'The Vagrant Trilogy' [is] an ambitious and thoroughly gripping drama about the price of exile and the disruptions of history. Tracing her characters across four decades and employing a clever counterfactual plot device, Mansour elegantly anatomizes the no-win plight of Palestinians displaced by the State of Israel. In exploring the varying choices available to her central characters Adham and Abir, the playwright makes clear that fate is ready to ambush them no matter what they decide."
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New York Stage Review
May 12th, 2022

"Mansour’s vision of widespread vagrancy has the effect of implying that Palestinians are not alone in their unfortunate predicament. Perhaps we all are."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 14th, 2022

"Mansour asks us to consider the extreme consequences of a single decision to change one’s status from culturally displaced immigrant who gives up everything to live in relative comfort, to that of a refugee who retains cultural identity and family but gives up his comfort and future."
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Front Row Center
May 17th, 2022

"This is an epic tale – the classic theme of home and heart. What do people do when home is not a simple location, as it is for most of us. What if home is something we carry with us? What if it is a location for which we settle, not the location of our dreams. And what if, like the destiny of every mythic journey, it is found within us?"
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New York Theatre Guide
May 16th, 2022

"From over here in New York, it's easy for us to see the plight of refugees as an abstraction, be they Palestinians, Ukrainians, or any number of others. But it's impossible to do so after seeing 'The Vagrant Trilogy,' which uses the story of one man and his family to comment on the toll of being displaced from one's home."
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