What makes a human authentic? Is it their genome sequence? Their life experience? Twin sisters discover they are clones and embark on an unexpected journey, confronting their own authenticity. More…
Exploring ethnic ambiguity, race, and identity, as well as genomics and eugenics, this duet uses original and found text, live cinematography, and contemporary music to explore the science of identity formation and who has the authority to define it.
"The breathtaking and thoughtfully devised mixed-media, genre-bending work is a progenitor of a subject-genre of theatre that doesn’t yet exist...Where the show shines, however, beyond the effortlessly capable performances, is in those moments in the book where what is trying to be communicated is easily understood and feels settled into the moment. A mammoth accomplishment for a production whose literary landscape and expository scope could take days to explain." Full Review
"The story has some plot holes, but doesn't demand more suspension of disbelief than comparable stories...It's an engaging plot, but not groundbreaking...The show earns its place at HERE by using the story as a vehicle for broader philosophical exploration...Idiosyncratic breakout moments of song, dance, and interaction with recorded voices do feel out of place, but the production is strong enough to support the momentum of the story through these philosophical, aria-like pauses." Full Review
"Though the piece doesn't consistently cohere as a narrative, it does raise provocative questions about what identity is and how scientific advances might potentially shape an individual's sense of self in alarming ways...Newhard and Shah adroitly portray the twins...Both actors also occasionally break out into songs and dances that comment chorus-like on the action, but these Greek-tragedy-style interludes seem distractingly out of place." Full Review
"'Assembled Identity' is a marvelous piece of craft, using all the tools of modern theater in supple and inventive ways...Director/co-creator Kristin Marting integrates found text with original story smoothly, and has done strong work with the actors...But while the ideas underlying the piece are intriguing and important, I often found myself wishing the complexity and richness of the text and the characters lived up to the excellence of the production." Full Review
"It's a production that gets a lot of individual elements right, including short dances whose charm lies in their unexpectedness and tangible physicality...The dialogue slips in and out of multiple languages, but the scrolling supertitles are clunky...More troublesome is that the characters are thinly drawn, and what the show is getting at remains elusive. A busy, 60-minute performance, it seems longer because it doesn't invite curiosity or sympathy." Full Review
See it if You want to go to another dimension of theatre. Although you might not get it all, it's worth a try. Tour-de-force of choreographed acting
Don't see it if Uncharted territory... not your usual evening of theatre. Ingenious, enigmatic.
See it if you like multimedia and science fiction pieces, are interested in technology/cloning and thinking about the future
Don't see it if you want a straight-forward, easy to follow performance, you don't like a couple of actors playing a number of characters
See it if you are into hi-tech sci-fi drama that deals with important themes in a somewhat confusing way. I got lost in the process.
Don't see it if want a linear play with well-drawn characters and themes. This is more of a techno drama in search of identities.
See it if dreamlike, dance staging, with 2 very appealing actors, that uses media in fascinating ways would make you want to explore issue of cloning
Don't see it if 2 hander with twins [not really] with subtitles for foreign language sequences, using music & dance & exploring issues would drive u crazy
See it if you’re annoyed by ancestry.com/23me ads; understand how code is analogous to dna; have liked works at HERE, LaMama, other incubator clubs b4
Don't see it if you dislike any “experimental” trappings (sparse set, cascading ideas, twinning, random bursts of song) even if the concept is well-realized
See it if You like sci-fi or multi media shows dealing with futuristic ideas. Really great staging adds a lot to this thought provoking timely story.
Don't see it if If you don’t want to face some dark questions & quite possibly some very real possibilities of the near future concerning genetics/cloning.
See it if You enjoy mixed media productions, sci-fi, dystopian, thinky topics around identity, labels and what makes us individuals. Not heavy!
Don't see it if You want mainstream theater
See it if Clever mixed media show that asks a lot of interesting questions about identity. And a nice tight but full 70 min.
Don't see it if Small, dystopian themed shows don’t interest you. It’s a black box show but with video and lighting effects. Not your thing? Skip it.
See it if you like dystopian, unsettling stories about identity (and how science might affect that); you like multimedia and technology in theater
Don't see it if you aren't interested in a science-fictional take on identity; if you like traditional theater productions
See it if good short singing and dance interesting science re: clones
Don't see it if nothing new has been added re:clones much repeated. prob. needs cutting but more NEW intelligence "finds" to replace that
See it if you enjoy a thought-provoking two-woman show based on a biological future. Great dramatic visual and audio staging with synchronized acting.
Don't see it if you have no interest in a futuristic dystopic view of the world.
See it if You are interested in cloning and like video projections. Good staging and movement to go with detailed script and talented actors
Don't see it if You don’t like wordy dialogue and repetive actions with little emotional pay off
See it if watching computer projections create a sci fi based cloning story sounds entertaining. Two actress, dancer, singers working w/ restrictions.
Don't see it if chanting puts you to sleep. A lot of this performance is sung in a limited range. The performance is closer to dance than theater.
See it if you like original material with a sc-fi slant. Origianl use of video intertwined.
Don't see it if don't want to sit thru something slow at times, a bit boring-not good for a short piece like this. I didn't think the songs added anything.
See it if If you’re a science fiction fan you can still pass on this one, it didn’t have much of an SF feel at all
Don't see it if The writing and the piece overall did not come together to form an engaging narrative or a work of art. Spoken parts were the worst
See it if you know the actors? There is a pure sincerely to their performance that is intriguing
Don't see it if you're looking for narrative, or a cohesive realistic dystopia, or a show that builds
See it if you want a show very dependent on projections and with an easily understandable premise/message - or a show that's (thankfully) only 60 mins
Don't see it if you want any kind of nuance, you don't want weird singing and synchronised dancing that didn't add anything, you want any actual science.
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