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Hope

From 2 critic and 44 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the show

A new, darkly-comic solo play about women's voices and women's choices as they deal with addiction and abuse as well as healing and survival. More…

"Hope" is the story of three women: Rose, a prostitute in the 1950's; Alice, a spirited, yet haunted wife and mother; and Hope, an Irish-Mexican storyteller who examines the fragments of her life in order to understand how she has survived, and how she will thrive in the second half of her life.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Wild Project (East Village)


97
Front Row Center

“Salas is contained in a very narrow body, but she is a powerful force on the stage...She has complete Martha Graham-like control...Salas gives us the complicated characters of her father...mother...a brave sex-worker...and she gives us her raw, honest self from childhood to now with all the beauty marks and other warts in various stages of healing...Salas can disappear so deeply into a character that we think someone else is in the room. It’s mind-blowing magic.” Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"Salas takes an intense, heart-wrenching story and infuses it with intrigue with an intense physical performance. Her background as a dancer is evident in her remarkably muscular arms which...glide smoothly across her body or perform rigid, modern dance-influenced gestures...Where most solo shows only scarcely employ props and technology, 'Hope' uses them to maximum effect, making for a fascinating and beautifully enhanced production.” Full Review


100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you appreciate original thoughtful intelligent theatre

Don't see it if You like fluff or don't want to think or feel deeply

Also The direction was exquisite!The actor is wonderful and the play itself... Read more Read less

92
Fully engaging, powerful solo show thanks to charismatic, smart, funny, brutally honest writer/actor

See it if You appreciate a wrenching family story told with the drama and inventive staging of a play; though a solo show, it felt richly realized.

Don't see it if You need a linear story and a happy ending; you disbelieve accounts of abuse and its impact.

90
Funny, Edgy, Intense, Profound, Moving

See it if Woman reconstructs her shattered identity after her mother’s death. Solo actress plays 3 generations with great feeling. Brilliant staging.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in a painful, intense non-linear journey. A brutally honest view of the past sheds light on the present.

90
Intelligent, Edgy and intense, Sharp inventive clever staging, Terrific acting & writing, Deadly honest and risky performance

See it if Up for a raw, direct, intense & mesmerizing performance. A wonderfully unrelenting tale, you can't take eyes off Hope Salas.

Don't see it if You want to hum tunes on the way out; music here’s that of pure theatre, with a dead-on, direct, viscerally honest performance & script.

Also Mordant, funny, sharp and unrelenting, the script and performance come... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if This was an amazing show. The acting was brilliant and moving. So many layers and details to the personal story. I was so glad to see this.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see serious and disturbing reality of a womans life. Not for those looking for light fare. This had disturbing twists.

83
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy creative, innovative dance theater work and interesting story-telling focusing on a women's journey of self discovery.

Don't see it if you are looking for a linear story telling style and are offended by profanity.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great staging, Occasionally hard to follow

See it if you want to see a searing. precision performance about mourning and memory, involving parental abuse and alcoholism.

Don't see it if you do not like solo shows.

82
Great staging

See it if you'd like a well preformed, beautifully staged, familial truth-telling session on the edges of trauma, addiction and dark humor.

Don't see it if you dislike heavy themes, performance art and one person story telling.

Also I thought the set, staging and audio visual was top notch and I loved ... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Enchanting, Riveting, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you like European-style theatre; for a strong autobiographical show that leaves you wanting more; to be inspired by a true artist.

Don't see it if you do not like solo shows; you need things wrapped up neatly at the end; you're not interested in a family drama.

Also Really strong multimedia design. It feels like many shows are multimed... Read more Read less

81
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Great staging

See it if If you want to see a first-rate multidisciplinary production. An amazing Hope Salas, breathtakingly directed.

Don't see it if You need a strong story arc to stay connected. The production elements are rapturous; the storytelling flattens out a bit.

81
Edgy, Intense, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you appreciate women's stories and modern, cinematic approach to staging

Don't see it if you are looking for a feel-good show.

Also It's not one of those stories one *enjoys*: what Hope Salas is talking... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like a show that moves well and has great acting. I was happy to have see it

Don't see it if you need a strong story to stay engaged, it flattens out a bit

80
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Intense, Great staging

See it if You like women’s stories, family crazy drama, avant-garde staging.

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows. Need linear storyline.

74
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you like solo performance "art", you have mother-daughter issues

Don't see it if you want a story with a linear plot

69
Dizzying, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Know the actress. She’s great at what she does . The problem was the writing

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy one person shows . Like a shorter show . The play was too dang long . Got bored .

65
Quirky, Resonant, Indulgent, Disappointing, Tedious

See it if You want to see one woman’s quirky interpretation of her journey through the aging and death of her parents. Some interesting staging.

Don't see it if You’re not up for another one person show that’s really theatre as therapy for the writer/performer.

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Predictable, Slow

See it if You don’t mind a predictable story

Don't see it if Do you want something new and exciting and entertaining

98
Absorbing, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to see an incredibly rich script a mesmerizing scenic and video design and beautifully stage work.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy. There is some humor but it’s serious subject matter but well worth the journey.

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if Like true stories on stage from a very modern point of view.

Don't see it if Do not like one-woman acts.

100
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if you like to be pushed emotionally, if you like intensity, if you are ready to be taken through a rough, painful but beautiful journey.

Don't see it if you expect a fun, light and simple story. If you expect to see cinema in a theatre.

100
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like the truth told about what many woman go through generations

Don't see it if If you don’t like real theater

100
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you want to be mesmerized, moved and amazed. One of the most profound pieces on stage. A must see

Don't see it if you want to forever regret missing this marvelous piece.

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if If you can appreciate survival and strength.., great acting. A tough subject, but done in a way that mixes humor with depth.

Don't see it if not for young children

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if Just see it. It is amazing. It is a testament to the power of women and survival.

Don't see it if Just go. You won't regret it.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want to laugh and cry at the same time. An amazing performance to open the mind and the heart.

Don't see it if You are not a poet who can read between the lines.


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