Members say: Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Excruciating, Slow

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Theater for the New City presents the story of Mina and Lina, a refugee couple from the Balkans traveling through the galaxy in search of a planet to call home.

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Told as a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi fairy tale and combining absurdist comedy, irony, and suspense, Domnica Radulescu's play touches on hot-button issues currently affecting our world. The play’s poetic action and language; the courage, intelligence, and sass of its two protagonists; and the array of characters they encounter on their journey create an engaging landscape that's as troubling as it is comforting.


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90
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“With just seven cast members and modest stage props, the story was still told without limitation. As a member of the audience, I was taken to another place...Director Andreas Robertz...does a great job embracing a diversity of voices in this production, with an openness to taking a risk and trying something completely different...Playful and creative, but also painfully true to the realities faced by millions every day…‘Exile’ emanates a powerful story with a creative edge.” Full Review


89
Original, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy cutting edge, thought-proviking theater.

Don't see it if You like to talk during theatre productions.

80
Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if if you like unique absurdist theater... we need to see nontraditional theater such as this.

Don't see it if you take your theater or yourself REALLY seriously!

76
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if You want to see a rather good absurdist play brought down by amateur acting, direction & production. SciFi Balkan war lost women roam galaxy

Don't see it if U go to a play for anything other than what the script sounds like aloud. This script deserves a good production bcause it was v interesting

70
Ambitious, Play has potential: with some shaping, this could be a great play, Political drama with a sci-fi twist, Weird with a capital "w", Enthusiastic cast

See it if You want to see an emerging playwright-while the play has flaws, there's a clear & unique voice. You're willing to go on a weird journey.

Don't see it if You don't like sci-fi stories. You don't like plays with a political viewpoint. You want traditional playwriting & staging.

66
Original, Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Dated

See it if you like budget sci fi with primitive costumes, no sets, episodic adventures simple plots & morality reminiscent of black & white Dr Who.

Don't see it if you prefer polished production values, character driven plots and complex ideas.

65
Original, Quirky, Raunchy, Absurd, Support local arts!

See it if you enjoy supporting local arts. Absurdist poetry on a low-no budget. It's kinda like a live-action Dali painting. Enjoy it for what it is!

Don't see it if you have zero sense of humor. From my limited experience, basement theater is ALWAYS strange. This doesn't take itself seriously at all.

55
Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are an adventurous theatre goer interested in a disorienting socio-political quasi sci-fi mashup.

Don't see it if You have a hard time sitting through a play that should have ended after the intermission.

50
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you want to support Theater for the New City.

Don't see it if you want a take on war that's original.

45
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You're really into sci-fi and can overcome clichéd communication of a valid underlying message. I must say some of the actors were very good

Don't see it if You don't like too many dramatic devices being used, and overused

40
Indulgent, Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you're looking for campy sci-fi B-movie fare. The actors seemed to have trouble remembering the lines, which to be fair, were poorly written

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot, characters, or story. You don't want to hang out in a basement (literally) all evening. You want good writing

35
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You really like odd experimental theater. It's a bit like a Jerry Cornelius novel except without the same skill provided by Moorcoock

Don't see it if You want any kind of a conventional experience.

29
Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are interested in a clever new angle about the important issues of exiles and immigrants - no matter how poorly executed.

Don't see it if You dislike poor, didactic and repetitive writing

26
Raunchy, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if If there is nothing else to do...I just did not get it.

Don't see it if You have anything else to do

24
Annoying, Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if This could be one of the worst shows that I have seen. Both myself and my guest could not wait to exit. Terrible writing, plot and acting.

Don't see it if I like sci-fi and thought it sounded like a funny show but there was absolutely nothing redeeming about this show.

20
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Bad

See it if you really like weird theatre and can push through most of it being bad.

Don't see it if you need some solid strength in your plays, be it acting, writing, score, story, whatever. There were moments of good but mostly bad.

15
Original, Raunchy, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like bad scripts and bad acting.

Don't see it if You like good theater.

5
Original, Indulgent, Confusing, Excruciating, Mind-numbing

See it if Don't...just don't. I have never left a play early, ever, until this one. Insipid, self indulgent, exhausting, cringe worthy, over the top.

Don't see it if Don't...just don't. Good actors mixed with bad actors, but this play could not be saved.

100
Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want to be drawn into what any immigrant has to feel like to be uprooted and transported to" their" alien new lives

Don't see it if You believe all people are the same

96
Funny, Original, Clever, Profound, Quirky

See it if You enjoy visual and enchanting theatrical experiences, colorful characters, plays that support women, and have a sense for the absurd.

Don't see it if Realism is the only thing that works for you.

50
Quirky, Raunchy, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like little casual, informal, productions that have the occasional nugget of truth, and a very bizarre setting

Don't see it if If you want a very polished production, where everything is smooth and perfect.

100
Delightful, Exquisite, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see a beautifully written and bold new play both hilarious and relevant to today's enormous world problems of violence.

Don't see it if You only like traditional living room drama.

100
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Enchanting

See it if You are into feminism, immigration and avantgard.

Don't see it if Are looking for a Broadway musical

100
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if A rare experience to see a story of Exile from a woman's point of view. Great actors. The score tied everything together. Great director!

Don't see it if Don't want to think or see what are the realities of our current situation around the world regarding immigration and exile.

100
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if you seek to be inspired. This play is fueled by a passion that is real, just, and unflinching in its delivery. Relatable and timeless.

Don't see it if you are hoping for a cheery glossing over of current global issues.

100
Inspiring, entertaining, exquisite music, great writing, so very funny, original

See it if if you like to be inspired, to be absorbed by the beauty of modern writing and exquisite music, if you like intelligent high quality theater

Don't see it if if you don't like all the above....if you do't if you don't like all the above....


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