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Caught

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious

About the show

The Play Company presents an irreverent, genre-bending piece about a Chinese dissident artist. Part of the Summer Shares season at La MaMa. More…

Theater makers Christopher Chen and Lee Sunday Evans apply their playful imaginations to the work of a Chinese dissident artist. Their hybrid show invites you to navigate a labyrinthine trail between truth and perception, authority and authenticity, illusionary art and real jeopardy.


Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious
86
Avg Score

88
Clever, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Dizzying

See it if What is truth? Be prepared for a surprising and perplexing exploration.

Don't see it if You don't like mental gymnastics.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Highly original

See it if you enjoy plays that take you on a journey—with a number of bumps along the way. Good ensemble acting.

Don't see it if you enjoy linear plays. Or if you don't want to be played with by this production.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a play that is intelligent and funny, with a non-linear plot that constantly makes you question what is truth & what is illusion

Don't see it if you don't want one that's intentionally confusing & that takes you out of your comfort zone by overturning your expectations & assumptions

90
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a night of great theatre. It's mind bending.

Don't see it if If you enjoy more traditional show

90
Convoluted, Clever, Absorbing, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You like unpredictable plays that draw you in through multiple levels and challenge you to think.

Don't see it if You prefer straightforward shows with easy-to-follow plots.

93
Absorbing, Clever, Confusing, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You are up for being challenged and a bit confused along the way.

Don't see it if Require clarity and linearity.

95
Clever, Original, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate plays that defy categorization. This one fits into no standard genre.

Don't see it if you dislike plays with unconventional structure.

65
Clever, Indulgent, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You love meta-theater, even if the meta aspects overshadow the theatrical aspects.

Don't see it if Theater bordering on gimmick annoys you.

93
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Original, Funny

See it if you want to see a funny, thought provoking, unusual, show with surprises.

Don't see it if You like conventional plays.

84
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if You'd like a thoughtful, intelligent exploration of life and humanity in a small theater setting

Don't see it if You need a linear story with a plot, dislike off-Broadway productions in small settings or feel uncomfortable with dissimulation

88
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Great writing

See it if You like theater that makes you think and is also enjoyable. Excellent script and acting and several fabulous dizzy moments of pure joy.

Don't see it if You like plays that are conventional.

75
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if A fascinating take on truth and how it is stretched and manipulated.Well acted and imaginative

Don't see it if looking at truth and questions about it unsettle you.

90
Intelligent, Profound, Funny, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if you enjoy intellectually challenging theatre. Portrays lines between perception & reality; truth & fiction; art & activism & it's very funny

Don't see it if you don't want to be "caught" being entrapped in the very issues the play is exploring.

87
Confusing, Dizzying, Great writing, Quirky, Original

See it if You enjoy being challenged by a piece of theater. This show delights in confusing you, so just go along for the ride.

Don't see it if You don't like confusing or challenging theater. This show sticks with you, but only if you can allow your mind to be expanded.

83
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Edgy

See it if A challenging and engaging work.

Don't see it if (the last section did not work for me but that might be a personal thing.. still worth checking out)

77
Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if want to see mind-twisting performance

Don't see it if don't want your mind messed up

89
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in exploring what "truth" means or are interested in postmodernism.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with a plot that proceeds in a traditionally narrative way.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like a play with a nice arc and has several interesting twists and turns

Don't see it if you have a hard time gimmicks and/or put up with off beat moments

75
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if You enjoy theater in a small setting, you are ok with being confused about the truth (it's the point of the show)

Don't see it if You need a straightforward plot, you don't like monologues

94
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy performance art & are in the mood for an experience that will challenge your perception of reality & generate plenty of discussion

Don't see it if you like theater in a box, with linear narratives & the play's message served on a silver platter

90
Clever, Funny, Resonant

See it if you like funny plays that have the ring of truth to them. Also knowing about theatre insiderness will help! I laughed a lot.

Don't see it if you struggle with language heavy plays, plays that really on traditional story-telling.

98
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy twisting plots.

Don't see it if everyone would enjoy this play

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You like to be surprised with clever art

Don't see it if Don't enjoy having your head messed with

95
Absorbing, Dizzying, Intense, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You are interested in new, edgy art of all mediums that is unlike anything you've ever seen.

Don't see it if You are looking for a feel-good, easily digestible piece of theatre.

100
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thought-provoking theater!

Don't see it if You are looking for a more traditional or straightforward show.


August 29th, 2016
"An intricately constructed, unrelentingly destabilizing puzzle of a play about the anatomy of truth and the provocative power of illusion…The story that the sympathetic Lin Bo tells is not what it appears to be. Neither is much else in this ever-shifting play, directed with exquisite precision b...
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August 29th, 2016
"The physical production is beautifully realized…The execution couldn't be better: Evans and her team clearly found the 'Inception'-esque challenge of the text exciting. Performances are strong throughout…Where the piece can sometimes feel thin is in the text itself. Chen broaches ideas, but he's...
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August 28th, 2016
"'Caught' is filled with so many unreliable narrators and shifting stories, it is hard to know what is what...The feeling is akin to waking up from a dream, only to find oneself in another dream. Yet thanks to committed performances from the cast, we keep re-suspending our disbelief...Even if you...
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August 30th, 2016
"Chen, who as a playwright is the smoothest of con artists, has neatly constructed a series of scenes that fit into each other like Chinese boxes...The director, Lee Sunday Evans, stages this flimflammery with the surest of hands, aided by a cast who are skilled at playing straight even in prepos...
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