Already closed | 1h 30m | Brooklyn

17 Border Crossings

From 21 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant

About the show

Part of the 2015 Next Wave Festival, this solo show features director, designer and raconteur Thaddeus Phillips as he takes a trip around the world through story, armed with a chair, a table, and a bar of lights. More…

The itinerary: a worse-for-wear Communist-era train traveling from Prague to Belgrade; the wheel well of a transatlantic jet to Heathrow; and 15 other border crossings recreated by theater director, designer, and raconteur Thaddeus Phillips. A chair, table, and bar of lights become the imagined settings for invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle, ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon, KFC-smuggling in Palestine, and run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries in this engrossing look at the perplexing ins and outs of our fragile right of passage.

1h 30m | Already closed | BAM - Fishman Space (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (21)


Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant

Poorly crafted storyline, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if performance appeals more than clear storytelling and messaging in a one person performance piece

Don't see it if you are impatient with pastiche approaches and time spent waiting for insights that enlighten and enliven

Slow, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you like solo performer shows. The staging is very creative and the lead does a good job of becoming multiple characters.

Don't see it if you have high expectations for a play that addresses border crossings. Some of the crossings are thought-provoking, others are just boring.

Quirky, Intense, Dizzying

See it if You like one-person performance art. While the performance has its moments it lacks a thematic thread or cohesive narrative.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person performance art. Also, the overwhelmingly poor lighting design made it nearly impossible to watch the show.

October 2nd, 2015
"The set is deceptively simple: just a table, a chair, a lamp. But the director, Tatiana Mallarino, has an agreeably inventive approach to staging. Those items are repurposed in a dozen different ways. If the staging compels, as do several of the tales, the text itself doesn’t. The storytelling i...
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November 17th, 2013
for a previous production "We armchair travelers participate in the discoveries that virtual travel affords. Even as Phillips’s fancy footwork throughout his rich space-and-time travel extravaganza entertains, we may learn something too, beyond the abuses of officialdom and the acquisition of some foreign words."
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July 18th, 2013
for a previous production "Thaddeus Phillips's brilliant piece, '17 Border Crossings,' is a series of monologues based on his own extensive travels. Some of these stories last only a few seconds and some are longer; some are funny, others frightening or sad. They carry implications that go to the heart of what it means to...
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July 25th, 2013
for a previous production "There are plenty of poetic moments...Phillips is a compassionate, gifted storyteller with a very fine ear for how people speak their truths. A riff by a Mexican immigrant on why he likes the world 'alien' is a thing of simple beauty."
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