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Citizens of the Gray or the Dark Thing that Sleeps Inside Me

From 3 critic and 12 member reviews
Members say: Confusing, Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Great staging

About the show

Set in a hypothetical reality, this new work explores how the relationship between man and woman has evolved throughout the years and how this relationship has become a struggle for power. More…

The play shows the dehumanizing effect of industrialization, the growth of the cities, and how people grow apart from their traditions; dramatizing the awakening and suffering of the characters. These people live immersed in social failures, values with no meaning, and a war between men and women. In the end, everyone loses.



95
New York Theatre Wire

“This masterpiece took three years to workshop in Los Angeles and was well worth the time spent. I love experimental theater when it’s created from ideas. This action/play is just that...This stimulating, gratifying and for some mystifying play is well worth your time. It speaks to our modern social dilemmas in silence, music and new forms of dance. It is a tragicomedy of philosophies and ideologies worthy of Charlie Chaplin. I hope there is more to come.” Full Review

90
The Reviews Hub

“A singular experience. The eerie, nihilistic, Strindbergian performance hits the audience with a visceral and twisting silent terror...A world that stirs our most profound fears...The movement work is incredibly strong...There is clearly a linear structure to the production, but it is best experienced in waves. To live within each moment, and float or crash into the following, feels most appropriate for fully investing in the dystopian world so meticulously created. ” Full Review

85
New York Theatre Wire

"Impeccably rehearsed and performed, the one-hour presentation moves along at breakneck speed...Despite the grim visuals and situations, I found the production original, most entertaining and, is does it sound strange to say, fun? The Company performs with a total and endearing commitment to the work and very clearly makes many important and topical points in a non-threatening and entertaining way." Full Review


100
Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You have never seen anything like it. Each person may have their own interpretation. Total new EXPERIENCE.

Don't see it if NOT A lot of speech. If you look away you may get lost. Intense drama. Lotsa symbolism.

95
Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Beautiful, elegant and rough

See it if You’re up for a visually striking, endlessly inventive and tightly choreographed experience performed by an outstanding ensemble.

Don't see it if You’re unable to simply go with a purely theatrical experience, need plot or narrative or dislike experimental theatre of any kind.

Also Few words are spoken—or needed—in this inventive, original and visuall... Read more Read less

90
Highly entertaining / imaginative set - lighting - props, Beautiful original music + great-use of the classics, Physically amazing / excellent non-stop 'ography, Fascinating / disturbing / riveting / humorous / moving, Haunting avant-garde / confusing / thought-provoking

See it if you've done your homework. This ain't your mother's traditional musical or play. Come prepared. It's intelligent, hypnotic & VERY different.

Don't see it if you need to be spoon-fed a clear plot arc twist & resolve w/o having to think or blink. You'll be forced to THINK during & TALK afterwards.

Also Mind blown.... Read more Read less

89
Great staging, Entertaining, Intelligent, Riveting, Clever

See it if you appreciate diverse presentations with great lighting, music, choreography, sound and video by a youthful cast giving it their all.

Don't see it if you want a linear play. This is a series of scenes, with very few words, in which you watch, think, interpret and make your own conclusions.

84
Clever, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if Very nicely staged, with elaborate costumes and choreography. This is mostly a dance/movement piece, albeit with distinct plot lines.

Don't see it if This could benefit greatly from a much stronger set of performers. I was mostly admiring what the director wanted to show rather than

Also what I actually saw. It's not that the current cast is bad - it's not,... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Raunchy, Weird

See it if you like absorbing non-verbal avant-garde vignettes focusing on sexual topics showing man/woman relationship(I think) evolving over the ages

Don't see it if you wish to see a play that is not weird or if if you object to plays focusing on genitals and sex. Some would describe it as "Sick/Dirty"

Also I would like to see the toilet vignette be put to music and put in a m... Read more Read less

74
Fascinating choreography, Masterful use of numerous props - even toilets on wheels, Absorbing, Nearly wordless, Dystopian setting

See it if you're up for a dance-movement piece exploring power structures & silent male-female encounters that involve combative and rough sex

Don't see it if you need a linear plot, snappy dialogue, reasons to laugh, or a happy ending; you're looking for a traditional drama; you prefer musicals

Also In a dystopian reality, where adults wear numbers and are garbed in bl... Read more Read less

70
Confusing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if If you want a different kind of show about men and women throughout the years.

Don't see it if If you do not like avant garde theater that this show is.

61
Confusing, Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Amazing-costumes

See it if you have the patience for plays without plot or dialogue; you dig steampunk; or you want to see some great costumes and staging.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays with linear plot lines; you are easily bored; or you are sensitive to violence, particularly against women.

29
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You like weird avant garde style shows. Its like a modern day David Lynch play but in Spanish.

Don't see it if You dont want to see an experimental show.

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like to see nonlinear art that challenges you to feel and process your response.

Don't see it if You want a clear narrative.

100
Thought provoking, Absorbing, Enchanting, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You're into visually stunning situations that make you think and reflect about our humanity, society, life and the whole system we live in.

Don't see it if You're not ready to see the dark side of humankind.