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From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant

About the show

Inspired by encounters with refugees, 'Borders' is an urgent, moving, and sometimes comic commentary on one of the great crises of our time. More…

Through two alternating monologues, 'Borders' tells the stories of a British press photographer and a Syrian graffiti artist, whose paths cross in tragic circumstances.  

Member Reviews (11)


Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant
Avg Score

Engrossing, Shattering, Relevant, Touching, Well-acted

See it if you want to understand (and FEEL) the horrors of war-torn Syria/the plight of refugees. 2 intertwined stories, one humorous, one harrowing.

Don't see it if you only like lite fare. Show is a gut punch. Occasionally, it's melodramatic. But go for solid acting/intelligent staging/griping story.

Also If you were lucky last spring, you saw playwright Naylor's Angel and E... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Riveting, Resonant

See it if you like polished, meaningful performances; explorations of what it means to be an empowered person/artist in different parts of the world.

Don't see it if I do know ppl who wouldn’t appreciate Borders, but they happen to be psychopaths. Don’t go if a psychopath, or only interested in the West.

Also If you only see one serious, hard-hitting piece this year, make it thi... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in a relevant story about Syrian refugees with extremely powerful acting performances. Emotional and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if you don't like small, barebones productions or plays with heavy subject matter. This is not light entertainment and does require thinking.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if shows about a strong woman in an area ravaged by war, issues of journalism - covering Hollywood people vs. real tragedies; Mr. Naylor's work

Don't see it if If you want elaborate staging & don't like solo shows (see below); if you saw Angel by Mr. Naylor and want something totally different

Also There are 2 actors but they are basically having 2 alternating solo sh... Read more Read less

Powerful, Profound, Intense, Compelling writing, Relatable

See it if Two monologues that approach each other & deal with the responsibility of the artist. 70 gripping minutes coming to terms with human values.

Don't see it if Serious topics nicely if unsubtly handled, but won’t appeal to fans of comedy or stories that neatly resolve.

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if You want to see the best off-Broadway show of the year; you care about humanity; you love the theater for its own sake (no fancy set)

Don't see it if you don’t want your eyes and heart opened by the best acting and writing you’ll see this year

Also Two actors, alternating in the small space of the NY Theater Workshop ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to understand the refugee crisis and journalism, on a persoal level.

Don't see it if It's a serious show. If you like theater to be fun and an escape from reality, avoid this one.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy high quality acting and interesting treatment of characters; thought provoking and emotional material, visceral content.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light entertainment; you don't care about the topic of suffering during war and natural disasters; you prefer musicals

Also See this show; it will grab you and take you on an emotional journey.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if enjoy an expertly written drama about such a relevant topic and terrific acting. The topic of Syrian refugees is so beautifully explored.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that are monologues or only enjoy comedies. Otherwise​, no reason not to see it.

During previews
Clever, Edgy, Absorbing, Funny

See it if Bare bones production. Cleverly written mixing English humour with tough realistic account of life in Syria.

Don't see it if You need a set!

During previews
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love edgy, dramatic work - with excellently writting, direction and acting.

Don't see it if Your alternative is Wicked.

July 5th, 2018
“A dull polemic where a complex moral drama ought to be...The Syrian graffiti artist emerges as a fully human character with a compellingly unique story. Regrettably, Naylor never appears satisfied with that...The fact that her story is frequently interrupted by a tepid send-up of the Western med...
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July 9th, 2018
"Avital Lvova is singular in her ability to take the beautiful poetry of Naylor’s text and deliver it effortlessly...Lvova is athletic, gripping, and her performance is doubtlessly the highlight of the play...'Borders' is co-directed ingeniously by Michael Cabot and Louise Skaaning, who make grea...
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July 6th, 2018
“A small, spare, sometimes poignant but not especially enlightening play that alternates monologues by two characters, a British photographer and a young Syrian woman...There is a deliberate discord between the largely comic tone of Sebastian’s anecdotes and the largely tragic tone in what Namele...
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July 5th, 2018
"Written in breathless, staccato, pulp fiction-style sentences filled with vividly carved verbal images…For all the play's hearts-in-the-right-place depiction of Syrian suffering, it fails to go much beyond the depiction of the struggle of two artists to remain true to their convictions, with the...
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