Part of FringeNYC: From NYC to Palestine, Mimi’s world collapses with the inadvertent like of a long-lost love’s dissident Facebook status. Identities unravel, as do the boundaries between fact and fiction, Jew and Arab, time and space. A psycho-cyber thriller. More…
Categories: Drama, Solo Show, Local. From Little y Theatre Company in Association with The Vertical Company. Written by Elena Zucker. Directed by Elena Zucker.
"This is a complex cerebral journey that does require extreme concentration to follow the sidebars and roller-coaster thoughts that whip past–but it is deeply satisfying when you start to put all of the pieces together. Ipp is a sensational, fearless performer. She is a towering energy that owns the space with a magnetic presence...Zucker has brought her thoughts to life through robust, energetic staging and well-crafted moments of emotional depth." Full Review
“While the concept and stated intentions of writer-director Elena Zucker's play are intriguing, the through line and main theme are lost in the wide-ranging, surreal, and disconnected places that the character goes. There are entire intense, emotionally charged monologues that I struggled to find relevance and meaning in. At times, seeing ‘Thread’ is like watching a person relive a dream...Despite the confusion that ‘Thread’ can produce, Ipp’s performance is interesting and committed.” Full Review
"Though it's admirable that Zucker doesn't offer up any easy answers, couldn't she give us a coherent story?...Whether playing Mimi or the myriad other characters who flit in and out of the nonlinear narrative, Ipp is consistently captivating. But the barrage of words and conflicting ideas stymies any emotional connection to the material. Like a virtual friend who can't shut up about the upcoming election, this is one 'Thread' you'll want to unfollow." Full Review
for a previous production "Zucker is a frighteningly intelligent playwright. Her use of a thoroughly modern incarnation of novelty-attracted narcissism to explore Jewish experience across time and cultures is astoundingly ambitious, and for the audience that is up for the challenge, it pays off...An intense production, showcasing the abilities of writer and actor...For dazzling drama interwoven with suspense, history, politics and self-identity, 'Thread' is worth unravelling for yourself." Full Review
See it if you enjoy well-written introspective shows about investigating one's place in Judaism. Doesn't have much to do with politics or cyber.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy stream-of-consciousness monologues (would be better to read), want a show about politics/cyber, like linear plots.
See it if You enjoy being challenged, educated, and truly moved. You want thought provoking theatre that will keep you thinking for days afterwards.
Don't see it if You'd prefer something more traditional
See it if you appreciate great writing, and profound and difficult questions with no facile answers.
Don't see it if if you don't like women, and if for you politics is a field of vacuous opinionating rather than serious thought.
See it if you seek beyond brilliant writing performed with infinite talent, which bring to life a poetry in space that is a transformative experience.
Don't see it if you can't make it to the theatre for the final performance on Friday night.
See it if A haunting and linguistically lush travelogue of the psyche that explores one Jewish-American woman's search for self in a cyber world. Go!
Don't see it if This is a one woman show that is full of rich, complex language and follows a non-linear structure.
See it if you love language and the power of words to take you on a fantastical odyssey through one woman's mind.
Don't see it if you're looking for a conventional play or something light and breezy. .
See it if you enjoy intelligent, thought-provoking, unconventional and innovative theater, mordant humor, serious themes, wordplay
Don't see it if you prefer sit-com entertainment, easy, straightforward narrative.
See it if you like brilliant, dangerous writing and an unfiltered exploration of Jewish identity, Facebook politics and love.
Don't see it if you're not interested in solo performance.
See it if You like internal perspectives that adress social political themes. Heavy lyrical language. Understated humor.
Don't see it if you like broader humor and/or straightforward plot/dialogue
See it if you like intricate writing that exposes the way by which the personal is adumbrated by mass culture, through FB and the internet.
Don't see it if You need to be fed issues at a slow pace, and don't know what an avatar is. Or don't want to find out.
See it if you enjoy intelligent, thought-provoking plays exploring timely, relevant issues presented in a creative, poetic style!
Don't see it if You want linear narrative, conventional plays or don't like solo shows