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Debriefing (FringeNYC)
Lower E Side
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Debriefing (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(16 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
19%
Negative
0%
Members say
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Original

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: A young Pakistani-American activist has been recruited to infiltrate a militant group in the Middle East. When she disappears, her recruiter has to determine whether she has changed sides or been betrayed. He finds out the truth is more complicated.

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Member Reviews (16)

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Cliched, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if A well acted show.

Don't see it if Even if you believe the stereotypes, you don't believe in them as caricatures

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if See it if you want to see something with a sympathetic Muslim character.

Don't see it if You want to see good theatre. Direction is a mixed bag.

Critic Reviews (3)

August 17th, 2016

"Under the laissez-faire direction of Joan Kane, the scenes often feel like a half-hearted production of Mamet's 'Oleanna' rather than a spy thriller...Despite Gill's contrived plot and implausible dialogue, 'Debriefing' occasionally hits the mark in examining how the expectation of loyalty can cross the line into exploitation and how people come to be seen as expendable in pursuit of a grand crusade. These are huge issues that deserve a regular hearing onstage, just not one this forced."
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August 20th, 2016

"The core idea is exciting…Gill writes in a mostly taut style that results in clipped, spare back-and-forth while sometimes launching into more poetic expansiveness…The casually realistic style of performance and direction makes the more florid passages feel discordant and writer-ly…Make no mistake, the stakes are high in the lives of these people, but too often, small events are played with as much significance as enormous ones."
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August 21st, 2016

"In the last few years several new plays have treated prevailing concerns of espionage or terrorism in a compelling way. Unfortunately, in its current manifestation, this play isn't one of them...Despite the intricate set up of the plot and the cast's very competent acting, interest flags as the belabored and over-written play dissipates its potential energy. Quicker, crisper scenes would cover the same territory while retaining audience attention."
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