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Assembled Identity

From 5 critic and 24 member reviews
Members say: Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Quirky, Ambitious

About the show

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.



75
The Theatre Times

"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

70
Theatre is Easy

"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

65
Theatermania

"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

65
Exeunt Magazine

"'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

45
The New York Times

"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


90
Innovative, Fine acting, Excellent direction

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.

69
Thanks for trying

See it if Saw this because I'm an identical twin. Promising subject matter and multimedia.

Don't see it if Delivered on the multimedia, but not on the content.

68
Edgy, Quirky, Confusing, Slow

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

61
Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're bored watching American Idol

Don't see it if You can't tolerate slow and dull production

60
Ambitious, Quirky, Confusing, Cliched, Slow

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.

84
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Multimedia melange, Orphanblackish

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

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging, Well executed

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

Also I quite liked it, but not for the reasons described on the HERE.org si... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You find technology, human perspectives, sci-fi and dystopian themes interesting.

Don't see it if You need flashiness, don't enjoy dystopian themes.

77
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

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.

76
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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

76
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Interesting, Dystopian

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.

75
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Unresolved

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

75
During previews
Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky, Slow

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

75
During previews
Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

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.

75
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

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

73
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow

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.

69
During previews
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow

See it if You like creepy science fiction

Don't see it if You feel like the whole clone thing has already been done

65
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if you like plays that are futuristic with a sort of scientology.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that deal with issues where men appear to be playing God

60
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent, Missed opportunity

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.

58
During previews
Insipid, Overrated, Slow

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

54
During previews
Slow, Great staging

See it if You want to see a mixed genre piece investigating clones and genetics.

Don't see it if You dislike unnecessary song/dance breaks. You want more action and less philosophical conversation.

48
During previews
Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if to experience great light and sound design.

Don't see it if if you do not enjoy non traditional theater

47
During previews
Edgy, Indulgent, Disappointing

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

30
During previews
Quirky, Excruciating, Cliched, Slow, Fluffy

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.

Also There's these A and B series subjects and if I'm buying into the premi... Read more Read less


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