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Undesirable Elements

From 2 critic and 5 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the show

For The New Victory Theater's world premiere production, National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong and his collaborators conducted intensive interviews to capture the untold stories of New York City youth. More…

'Undesirable Elements' is an ongoing series of community-specific interview-based theater works examining issues of culture and identity of individuals who are outsiders within their mainstream community. The development process includes an extended community residency during which Ping Chong + Company artists conduct interviews with potential participants and get to know the issues and concerns facing that community. These interviews form the basis of a script that weaves cast members’ individual experiences together in a chronological narrative touching on both political and personal experiences. The script is performed by the interviewees themselves. Since 1992, there have been over 40 productions in the series. From recent discord to distant dreams, hear every experience as they speak their truths and share their stories. Real People. Real Lives. Real Theater.

1h 10m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)

Village Voice

"Would make you think more sharply about the actual effects of the Orange Narcissist’s prejudices — and the actual people on whom those effects are visited...Zatz and Traber have cunningly structured the piece to be both formally organized and easy-going — just kids on the first day at a new school, going around the room....It holds the enchantment that hearing about any individual’s life can hold. By the end, I loved and admired them all." Full Review

The New York Times

"Generating empathy, defying small-mindedness, this is an inherently political show that arrives at a time of fervently uncivil discourse...Some of the performers have stage experience, but they are playing themselves, and all are unvarnished enough that their charm comes from their everydayness...Skates right up to the line where eat-your-spinach theater begins. This expertly constructed show manages never to cross that divide." Full Review

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to think about the migrant experience in a new way, told by amazing teenagers. It's a small, but very efficient production.

Don't see it if Political theater is too much for you right now.

Also I found the whole setup amazing. The fact that the actors have the scr... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you would like to hear firsthand from a wide range of young New Yorkers what their lives are like.

Don't see it if you only want to see a play: these young performers have dramatic stories, but traditional drama is not the form they use to tell them.

Also This is the most encouraging theater piece I have seen in a while -- h... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You like honest stories told by the people who lived them. The 7 actors are all brave and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You need multiple stimuli at the same time. If Wicked is your type of show, "Generation NYZ" might not be.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Everyone should see! You are a human being interested in the trials we face individually and collectively. You care about your neighbors.

Don't see it if Gender identity, racism, bullying, parental abuse/neglect and overcoming adversity are issues that you think are “fake news”.

Also Do. Not. Miss. This.

Relevant, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You want to hear about various problems that teens face with family and society that is very poorly directed and produced, making it difficu

Don't see it if If you want to see a well done production.

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