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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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Cast & Creatives (10)