De Novo NYC Reviews and Tickets

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

About the Show

Houses on the Moon's drama tells the true story of a teenaged boy from Guatemala who faced deportation after fleeing to the U.S. to escape gang life. Part of New York Theatre Workshop's 'Next Door at NYTW' series.

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Absorbing, Confusing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see one deportation case of a young immigrant’s experience in our justice system acted out.

Don't see it if You want some mindless entertainment or if you don’t like to mix politics with your entertainment.

Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if 2019 version at Kingsborough C.C. Ms Weiner still in the cast Powerful story that has to be told. Catch it when it comes near you. Talkback

Don't see it if Not enough publicity so audience much too light.. 60 minutes.Only one performance.

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
December 18th, 2017

“A powerful piece of political theater...Deftly directed by Solomon...Those documents make compelling dialogue, rendered tenderly human...The play re-argues Edgar’s deportation case, and in its tragedy demands that we consider who’s allowed to make a home in this country free of intimidation, and who we as a society are willing to fight for rather than against.”
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December 7th, 2017

"Compassionately delivered by a nimble ensemble...Houses on the Moon bravely chooses a case guaranteed to evoke ambivalence...Solomon stages Edgar's complex story with efficient theatricality...One need not embellish to convey just how heartbreaking these cases are, and Houses on the Moon never does. By delivering a clear-eyed yet still deeply moving presentation of just one, the company proves that it takes a certain amount of willful ignorance to see these kids as just statistics."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 8th, 2017

“Under Solomon's direction, this true tale of our times is given an unsensational presentation that, at first, seems a little dry but gradually gains force as Edgar progresses through the stages of his personal hell. The four-person cast underplays skillfully, aware that the facts of the story provide all the drama that is needed...Watching ‘De Novo’ is a very sad experience; be prepared for it to haunt you for days after you've seen it.”
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Theatre is Easy
December 15th, 2017

“Heart-wrenching and important...I cannot begin to say how thoroughly good the ensemble is...They are what makes this show so powerful and enjoyable...If there is any critique to level at ‘De Novo,’ it is that this is not a story that is particularly unpredictable...That takes away from the ability to feel true shock. But this predictability only adds to the beautiful difficulty of watching this true story unfold...It successfully humanizes a very big problem...It inspires.”
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Stage Buddy
December 11th, 2017

"A Magnificently talented group of actors...With the use of screens and projections, Jeffrey Solomon’s direction is savvy and compassionate...Houses on the Moon Theater Company and its members have raised their voices in dissent. They have resisted tyranny and bureaucracy and you can too by bearing witness to this devastating and miraculous play."
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Times Square Chronicles
December 11th, 2017

“’De Novo’ seeks to shed light on the 1.1 million undocumented minors in this country, by using this story to add heart...The cast is excellent, the play well directed and superbly done. Ureña as Edgar makes us feel for him...The rest of the cast play multiple roles and are adept at creating realistic characters, thanks to playwright and director Solomon."
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December 18th, 2017

"It’s certain to raise the emotional temperature of any viewer, regardless of their political orientation or current stance on immigration...In keeping with the tone of the presentation, the acting is understated. Nobody overplays their hand or hogs the spotlight here...Directed by Solomon, it’s not light entertainment, an escape from reality, and offers no quick-fix to the immigration problem. Still, it does resonate with what we see and hear in the media everyday."
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Off Off Online
December 11th, 2017

“Whether the potential for highs and lows are neutered intentionally because the production is based on dry documentary evidence is uncertain, but the drama is delivered and received with limited emotional range. The slideshow of actual footage throughout the production is powerful punctuation...It can feel like an imposition of political persuasion, and might not be for everyone...'De Novo' would benefit from a wider reach and, perhaps, some agitation."
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Village Voice
December 20th, 2017

“A documentary play...There are moments in De Novo where Solomon’s drawing on primary source text proves dramatically potent...Though 'De Novo' is undoubtedly moving, I wonder how the play might have changed if Solomon had been willing to take more creative risks...It held me in its grip, but didn’t make the leap of forcing me to question either my assumptions about what I know or how I experience the world.”
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