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Houseless in Paradise & The Unsalable Thing (FringeNYC)
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Houseless in Paradise & The Unsalable Thing (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(21 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.

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Member Reviews (21)

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

Critic Reviews (1)

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 one of the individuals...Theatre has the power to heal, to connect, and to transform. Tjarks and director Dennis Gleason, as well as everyone in this impressive cast, understand that completely.”
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