Where We Belong
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Where We Belong
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Where We Belong NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(39 Reviews)
Positive
64%
Mixed
33%
Negative
3%
Members say
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Slow, Absorbing

Madeline Sayet's solo show about colonialism & our place in an ever connecting, ever dividing world.

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Member Reviews (39)

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1085 Reviews | 265 Followers
60
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if A one person show that deals with native Americans.

Don't see it if It is slow and needs work.

891 Reviews | 259 Followers
78
Profound, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you'd enjoy a 1 person story telling of her educational experience & its relation to her heritage as it relates to history and current times

Don't see it if you are seeking a play as this is a solo presentation with good staging and lighting to give it entertainment value.

466 Reviews | 237 Followers
89
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Absorbing monologue about the Mohegan people told by a gifted Native-American speaking her truth thru a creative stage & narrative. Brava!

Don't see it if If you prefer a musical then skip this one.

474 Reviews | 68 Followers
73
Thought-provoking

See it if I learned from her autobio story growing and learning as a Mohegan/native. Sense of belonging, survival, re-learning of history and culture.

Don't see it if 1-person show, not theatrical, not dramatic, can feel a little preachy at moments, Native American politics, colonialism aren't your thing. Read more

469 Reviews | 54 Followers
74
Great writing, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if one-person play from a viewpoint one does not see often. kept one listening.

Don't see it if want the write and actor to not be the same person. may have given a broader perspective.

408 Reviews | 56 Followers
50
Boring, Ambitious, Slow, Confusing, Good story teller

See it if you like 1 person shows, spiritualism, detailed presentation of Native Americans' suppression, suffering & attempts to cope with it.

Don't see it if you dislike lengthy lectures & storytelling that are intricate, spiritualistic, plodding at times & somewhat repetitive.

345 Reviews | 78 Followers
75
Slow, Resonant, Woke, Frantic

See it if Worth seeing before Thanksgiving as it was both thought provoking, and relevant, but this one woman show felt all one note, intense but loud

Don't see it if The alternate characters were the only thing that kept this afloat, otherwise too meandering, too long and simply felt very unedited-punchy.

306 Reviews | 157 Followers
80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Mohegan M. Sayet's beautifully acted&staged show raises questions on what it means 2 belong 2a globalized culture&its inherent destruction*

Don't see it if Uninterested in colonialism & Native American culture, or in a solo show in the quasi-lecture format. Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
November 10th, 2022

" 'Where We Belong' feels like a probing search for answers, there is little spontaneity or discovery to Sayet’s performance, which can feel like a recitation straining for emphasis rather than a vivid recollection."
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New York Theatre Guide
November 10th, 2022

"The show is an ongoing journey, it seems, to work through them...'Where We Belong' belongs to the realms of both theatre and lecture, cultural retrospective and personal memoir."
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Theatermania
November 10th, 2022

"It may not be very theatrical and would be a better lecture than a play, but 'Where We Belong' has great educational value and is extremely thought-provoking, and is thus entirely worth seeing."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 10th, 2022

Ultimately, Sayet's unhappy scholarly experience is a narrow lens through which to view her larger subject, namely this country's shameful treatment of its Indigenous peoples, a history shaped by many lies and cultural amnesia. Indeed, Where We Belong is filled with compelling digressions that snag one's attention away from the subject at hand.
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Talkin' Broadway
November 10th, 2022

"You could well view the 80-minute monologue as a quest, one that informs yet one that also raises questions."
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TheaterScene.net
November 18th, 2022

Writer/ director/actress Madeline Sayet is an engaging performer. Directed by Mei Ann Teo, her one-woman show “Where We Belong” is an autobiographical tale of her Mohegan roots and her seeking her place in the world as she travels to London to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare. While much of the play contains information and stories that will come as a revelation to most New Yorkers, the play often feels like a lecture with an agenda. The most interesting parts are her own discoveries about her roots and her encounters with other people in which she plays both characters.
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New York Theater
November 9th, 2022

…best when Sayet explains the culture and history of her tribe, especially through the stories of family members and individual Mohegan ancestors…. Sayet is more effective as a playwright than a performer, and the effort at a poetic effect…does not mask the gaps in the story that frames the play: Sayer’s personal journey to England to study for a PhD in Shakespeare, which leads to her feeling betrayed.
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