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Exile Is My Home

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Entertaining, Excruciating, Absorbing, Slow

About the show

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. More…

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.


Member Reviews (35)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Entertaining, Excruciating, Absorbing, Slow
57
Avg Score

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
Ambitious, Original, Slow, Relevant, 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.

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

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.

29
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

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
Disappointing, Excruciating, Raunchy

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

40
Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, 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

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

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

55
Confusing, Quirky, Slow, Disappointing

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.

20
Disappointing, Excruciating, Bad, Slow

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.

45
Slow, Disappointing, Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched

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

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

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.

50
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, 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.

35
Disappointing, Cliched, Indulgent

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.

15
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Raunchy, Original

See it if You like bad scripts and bad acting.

Don't see it if You like good theater.

89
Intelligent, Original, 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.

24
Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid, Annoying

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.

80
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Resonant

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!

50
Disappointing, Quirky, Confusing, Raunchy, 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.

96
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Original, Profound

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.

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

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

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you appreciate great acting

Don't see it if .

99
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Original, Riveting

See it if You like thrilling and fresh theater experiences.

Don't see it if If you lack imagination

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

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.

95
Masterful, Riveting, Epic, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You like smart imaginative sophisticated, both funny and tragic theater

Don't see it if You only like traditional realistic theater.

98
Riveting, Refreshing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to be both entertained and provoked to thinking, if you like intense live theater that transports you.

Don't see it if You are a lazy thinker


May 4th, 2016
“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 tryi...
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