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Debriefing (FringeNYC)

From 3 critic and 16 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, 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. More…

Categories: Drama, Local. From White Rabbit & Ego Actus. Written by Maximillian Singh Gill. Directed by Joan Kane.

Theatre is Easy

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Absorbing, Original, Great writing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want to see the complexities of Middle-East politics and US foreign policy.

Don't see it if You become overwhelmed by portrayals of violence.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You like Homeland or Madam Secretary or spy novels.

Don't see it if You are afraid of current events.

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

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to see something that involves the war on terror with a sympathetic Muslim character.

Don't see it if you will be disappointed with the lack of focus, rushed development, and characters' unbelievable tone shifts. I give it a C+ grade.

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.

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Homeland

See it if you are interested in Homeland, homeland security, international relations, Syria or Pakistan

Don't see it if if you are sick of stories about spies or Homeland security.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You love a good drama with some excellent acting.

Don't see it if You're expecting a light hearted evening of theater.

Absorbing, Great writing, Clever

See it if You enjoy poetic language, current affairs and seeing intelligent issues presented in a well-thought out way on stage.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of political, thought-provoking plays, or if you like your plays to end with easy resolutions.

Relevant, Absorbing, Original, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You want a deeper understanding of the cultural cross-currents that affect young Muslim-Americans.

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged to re-think attitudes about allies and enemies, and human compassion.


See it if You're a fan of complexity.

Don't see it if You want fluff.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see a star making performance in Nazli Sarpkaya.

Don't see it if You have rigid ideas about Islam.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging

See it if If you appreciate serious dramas which are pertinent to the issues facing our nation today.

Don't see it if You are looking for something frivolous.

Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want to see current events dealt with in a complex way.

Don't see it if You see things in black and white terms.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Original, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to see a new perspective on what's happening in the world.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that make you think too much.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Original, Absorbing

See it if You like seeing intricate relationships portrayed with unique language.

Don't see it if You prefer easy answers.

Intelligent, Intense, Original, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you like Homeland and intense/political theater

Don't see it if you are hard-of-hearing or like to have lots of ranges of emotion/performance during a piece