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Burning Doors

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Intense, Relevant, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

Belarus Free Theatre and Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina come to La MaMa in a searing performance on how art persists under oppression. More…

Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? What do you do when your government imprisons you for making art? How would you survive one of the most brutal prison systems in the world? Through the prism of persecuted artists who will not be silenced, 'Burning Doors' reveals how artists living under dictatorship illuminate the knife-edge of complacency in democratic societies reminding us of the true cost of freedom and dangers of inertia.

Member Reviews (8)


Intense, Relevant, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
Avg Score

Intense, Thought-provoking, Impassioned troupe, Fearless, politically committed performers

See it if you want to see a strong example of necessary, provocative and politically "dangerous" theatre from Belarus

Don't see it if you aren't interested in theatre as witness to political repression, or don't believe theatre can/should be a vehicle for resistance

Also It's rare for Americans to see performers whose investment and belief ... Read more Read less

Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want to have your mind blown by this very physical, intense exploration of what it means to be free and the courage to fight for it.

Don't see it if some of the sounds and lights and nudity offend you.

Also My mind was blown!! 8 actors in amazing physical shape perform Cirque ... Read more Read less

Profound, Intense, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You don’t get disturbed by watching the political rage & the horrible side effects of its resistance

Don't see it if You can’t take intense torture scenes

Intense, Profound, Refreshing, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see powerful, impactful political art and learn about Belarusian and Russian injustices on artists.

Don't see it if you don't like experimental theatre. The show is very physical and the content is at times hard to swallow. Important to see though.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if You're into experimental theater and free speech and the plight of political prisoners is important to you.

Don't see it if You're not into experimental theater, nudity or violence in the theater.

Also Worth seeing but understand that the point is to convey some of what i... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Epic, Great staging, Intense, Relevant

See it if physical theatre and performance art are your jam, and you're looking for a whirlwind show that barely lets you breathe.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional straight play and simple/linear narrative.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Physical

See it if You want to see vibrant, political theater.

Don't see it if You want a clear, easy to follow narrative show that makes you feel good.

During previews
Relevant, Riveting, Intense, Must see, Edgy

See it if you like physical, honest, powerful theatre; if you're not afraid of intense and relevant subject matter (and nudity)

Don't see it if you can't handle honest intense real-life theatre about political abuse; if nudity makes you uncomfortable; if you only like light theatre

Also so gripping, powerful, intense. while inspired by real-life events in ... Read more Read less

October 17th, 2017
“The astonishment of 'Burning Doors' — conceived and staged by the troupe founders and artistic directors (in exile), Khalezin and Koliada — is its ability to translate political rage and impotence into an art of indirection that is often as complex as it is powerful...An open-ended portrait of b...
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October 16th, 2017
"This is a smart, smoldering, physically brutal piece of theater...A slowly building, ultimately stunning exploration of the Russian regime’s oppression of artists. For American audiences, 'Burning Doors' is a kind of exposé. It’s also a demonstration of the artist’s inextinguishable freedom in t...
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October 17th, 2017
"The show is performed with high energy, though each story feels like a mixed bag of styles that aren't always cohesive. Still, the vitality of the subject matter shines through, especially now...Transitionally, it's a little difficult for the audience to figure out what's going on — the actors a...
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October 19th, 2017
"Keeping track of who is playing who and what each highly stylized moment is supposed to represent can be a bit confusing....If the people and issues referenced in 'Burning Doors' are not exactly familiar to Americans watching, there is still a great emotional impact to be felt just from the real...
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