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Houseless in Paradise & The Unsalable Thing (FringeNYC)

From 21 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Resonant

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: "Houseless in Paradise" (Po'okela Award Best Play), an entertaining documentary drama incorporating song, and "The Unsalable Thing" (William Faulkner Best Play Award), a poignant comedy, expose Hawaii's dark secret: it has the highest rate of homelessness in the country. More…

Categories: Drama, Comedy, National. From Mark Tjarks in Association with Hawaii Pacific University and PlayBuilders of Hawaii. Written by Mark D. Tjarks. Directed by Dennis Gleason.

(Po’okela Award, Best Play)

“This overwhelmingly moving play brings to light real stories of real homeless people” (Hitting the Stage).

“If my story can help somebody just one person. All the things I went through, the pain, it’s worth it.” (Cindy)

Bonus Feature:
The Unsalable Thing
“What would Jesus do if he won a storage locker with an elderly, ex-transvestite, ex-burlesque-dancing language scholar in it?”
(William Faulkner Best Play)


• August 12, 2016, Friday 8-10 pm
• August 15, 2016, Monday 9:30-11:30 pm
• August 17, 2016, Wednesday 4:30-6:30 pm
• August 19, 2016, Friday 4:45-6:45 pm
• August 20, 2016, Saturday Noon—2 pm

• Teatro SEA at the Clemente, 107 Suffolk St #202, New York, NY 10002

• NY International Fringe Festival website
• Be sure to line up at least 15 minutes before the performance at the ticketholder flag outside the VENUE. Have your mobile or printed ticket ready to be scanned and enjoy the show! NO LATECOMERS ARE ADMITTED at FringeNYC.


Member Reviews (21)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Resonant
Avg Score

Proselytizes, Community theatre feel, Some vibrant performances, Non hybrid combine of short play & then personal stories less than ideal, Should be staged more efficiently

See it if want to educate yourself about the homeless in Hawaii

Don't see it if expect a polished production using available elements shown to their best advantage

Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy documentary theater performed beautifully and simply.

Don't see it if 30-minute play that opens the double-bill is excruciating. Weak writing, terrible acting, absent direction. Total opposite of the main event

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

See it if You enjoy thought provoking new work that tackles a difficult subject with very talented actors.

Don't see it if You only like comedies or can not handle serious subjects.

Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate actors that totally immerse themselves into their characters, you want to laugh and cry, and experience true stories onstage

Don't see it if Don't want to be affected deeply by powerful real theatre

Great acting, Resonant

See it if you never knew about the homelessness issue in Hawaii. The storytelling is fantastic.

Don't see it if you need a full theatrical experience.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You think theater should address critical social issues as well as entertain.

Don't see it if You don't want to come face to face with some disturbing issues

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like theater with a clear, important message/mission. Solid cast. Very diverse, which is cool. Great costumes. and TRUE STORIES!

Don't see it if you hate monologues with a passion.

Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate Actors playing multiple roles, WOW! The stories of these homeless people were profound and real because, well, they are real

Don't see it if You don't have an imagination. The staging is minimal and effective. The Actors really bring it to life.

Great acting, Cliched, Relevant, Slow

See it if you like well-acted vignettes

Don't see it if you're expecting an exploration of homelessness with a Hawaiian perspective that differs from any other American locale

Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see some rather wonderful actors present a relevant and needful piece of theatre.

Don't see it if You are impatient. It's longer than it needs to be and would benefit from judicious editing and tightening up.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Must see, Enchanting

See it if If your are socially conscious and like you theater to say something relevant. If you enjoy great actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with tough subjects and raw emotion. A lot of the show is comedic - but tough parts are very real and open.

Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see a very talented cast relive true stories of the homeless in Hawaii. You interested in engaging in discussion about homeless

Don't see it if you dislike documentary theater or occasionally "gritty" subject matter

Great acting, Inspirational

See it if You're a fan of amazing actors performing as multiple characters, and/or socially relevant issues in theater.

Don't see it if You need elaborate setwork, or hate to cry in the theater. This play has some very emotional moments.

Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if See it if you want to understand stories of humanity on a deeper level and question your assumptions about first impressions.

Don't see it if You just want to be entertained or you are disinterested in the the stories behind external appearances.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You are interested in real-life accounts and sociopolitical issues. The directional is minimal but effective, and the acting is superb.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of social dramas/ want to see a comedy. It's a long show, but if you have the time it's worth it.

Absorbing, Great writing, Original, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're looking for a play that is not only absorbing but also deeply relevant, informative, and highly necessary.

Don't see it if You're highly sensitive to emotional, raw human experiences.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to see great performances. the write has done a great job of injecting lighter notes throughout the drama making it very enjoyable

Don't see it if You are looking for an out and out comedy.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Original, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to leave the theater effected in a profound way. Great Acting and transitions. You are brought into Hawaii upon entering.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy socially charged theater.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Original, Funny, Relevant

See it if You enjoy theater with social relevance. The second portion from actual interviews of the homeless with have you laughing and crying!

Don't see it if You want a lot of fluff.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want a play that engages meaningfully in the troubles of homelessness and sparks discussion long after its done.

Don't see it if you dont want to confront the reality of the homeless and both the joy and ache of their stories.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Must see

See it if you like theatre that changes your perspective on the world.

Don't see it if If you want to watch farce.

August 18th, 2016
“One of the most powerful pieces of documentary theatre I’ve seen. It doesn’t show projections or statistics, nor does it overwhelm the audience with visual aids and special effects. The simplicity of the production highlights the tenderness and authenticity of the stories. I was drawn to every o...
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