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Debriefing (FringeNYC)

From 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.


Member Reviews (16)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Original

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.

68
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.

68
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


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 c...
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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 mista...
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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 ...
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