The Bushwick Starr presents a new play about borders, friendships, and the challenges of reinventing oneself in a world that seeks to limit and delineate. More…
At the bombed-out corner of a country that feels both foreign and familiar, three orphaned, displaced youths have built a simple life out of recreation and mischief making. But their existence is rocked as a parade of immodest strangers slowly invade their homestead offering gifts of knowledge, medicine, art, and commerce. As long-held values are upended and the lure of escape blurs their beliefs, life and landscape mutate into a grotesquery of charity exploitation that threaten their relationships and humanity.
“Howze's exciting piece is actually a savage burlesque, a clear-eyed bouffon treatment of war…Dustin Wills directs an incredible cast. Leslie, Winter and Fernandez are crackerjack commedia performers, and Ramos should win a prize for this…In the 'Frontières’ final 15 minutes...a long monologue slows the pace to a crawl, but more importantly, it also dims the show’s brilliance...The play is simply too good to conclude this way." Full Review
“An intelligent, unruly and intermittently wonderful play…Mr. Wills has demonstrated a willingness to indulge scripted overgrowth that other directors might insist on trimming. The same is true in ‘Frontières,’ whose absurdity doesn’t always register the way it needs to, while its message can be too on the nose, its dialogue too garrulous. The ending would land harder if it didn’t stretch on so long. Yet there is much beauty in this abundance, and something deeply unsettling, too.” Full Review
See it if you want to see young, multi-gifted actors taking risks in creating unusual characters in a politically edgy setting
Don't see it if you expect to be spoon-fed your theatrical experiences. be prepared to be surprised.
See it if You like truly innovative small theater. A sharp-tongued satire of NGO efforts in Africa, dressed up in a clown suit and a cowboy hat
Don't see it if You need traditional narrative and storyline, hate experimental small theater or satire. Loud noises, smoke.
See it if You are up for a creative and novel look at local culture versus colonizers.
Don't see it if You might be put off by something a bit too on the nose and too sure of it's own importance.
See it if You think you can survive a pretentious and badly written play way overstuffed with trivial ideas. And the acting is amateurish at best.
Don't see it if Just don't. Two hours of your life you will never get back
See it if you are politically engaged, enjoy laughing, spectacle, and surprise. And don't mind the trip to Bushwick.
Don't see it if you want something "well-made" and easy to swallow.
Also One of the best things I've seen in a long time!
See it if you're down for a smart, engaging message about cultures and their wealth and perceived rank.
Don't see it if you're using your theater-going experiences as escapism right now.
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