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Building the Wall (La Construccion del Muro)

From 9 member  reviews
Members say: Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Masterful

About the show

Teatro Espressivo and Teatro LATEA present the New York Spanish-language premiere of Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan’s dystopian drama. The production is performed with English subtitles. More…

From the show:

After sold out seasons in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Spain, “LaConstrucción del Muro” arrives to the U.S. The production brings together diverse Central American talents to lay bare the consequences of hate speech against Latino immigrants. Winner of the Audience Award at the Miteu International Theater Festival, Spain, the play examines what happens when an ordinary person becomes part of the machinery of an oppressive political system and how the inconceivable becomes inevitable.The play exposes the effects of hatred against immigrants that flee from violence and poverty. What they encounter across the border is a dystopic panorama the effects of which might be more real than the public cares to accept.

Member Reviews (9)


Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Masterful
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Intelligent & effective adaptation, See it before it’s banned, Stay for talkback, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if A play written just before Trump’s election that, at the time, speculated on the possible detainment (& extermination) of immigrants.

Don't see it if you take a condescending view toward the past & think earlier generations were just less rational, more reckless, & less moral than today's.

Also 2017 play references Trump’s Family Separation Policy & draws on the H... Read more Read less

Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Fantasy (maybe not?), Dystopian (maybe not?)

See it if you want to see brilliance by both the author, Pulitzer Winner Robert Schenkkan, and translator,Gerardo Bolanos

Don't see it if you are triggered by an unapologetic white Nationalist, institutional mass murderer looking for "understanding".

Also a show that should be seen in every school where the children are old ... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting

See it if Want a true theatrical & powerful experience driven by US border policy and the ‘what if’ future. The playwright hit the nail on the head!

Don't see it if You are not open to see a vision of border policy.

Also This is a must see production with outstanding actors, director & play... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you want an amazingly acted, intelligent play about how our country might treat illegal immigrants if we continue the path we are on.

Don't see it if you don't want to know how "the illegal immigrant problem" might be solved in the future if we don't fight for acceptance instead of hate.

Great writing, Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to experience what “the wall” has done to the world. From start to finish you experience this prediction of present day horror.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with subtitles. I found it easy to read and experience the play. The actors are SO GOOD.

Also Magdalena Morales is powerful, moving the audience with her heartfelt ... Read more Read less

A lesson that de-humanizing anyone brings about hate and cruelty, Felt like a slow descent from purgatory to hell, A playwright's warning of the future that might be, Shocking and surreal

See it if you like meaningful theatre with dystopian warnings of the direction our country might take without the intervention of our justice system.

Don't see it if you don't like political theatre which deals head on with the current cruel conditions of detaining undocumented immigrants in private jails

Also Staying after the performance for the talk-back with the stars and the... Read more Read less

Boring, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of underacted, dialogue heavy message plays. The style is very understated, presumably favoring message over emotive acting.

Don't see it if You want to see action; you want to see stories happening, not get 2d-hand "interview" version. BUT my companion loved it, was not bored.

Relevant, Intense, Great staging

See it if you like political theater. The play is a warning about what could happen -- it was written in 2016 and some of it already has!

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish or don't want to read subtitles. I found that watching this play in Spanish heightened the experience in this case.

Profound, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if We hear and read about so many horror stories of immigration; in this production we feel it. Unique use of live video & haunting music

Don't see it if This play is on Spanish with English subtitles

“Building the Wall (La Construccion del Muro)” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

Cast & Creatives (3)