See it if If you want a modern work from a classic writer. Some good choreography. One hour long.
Don't see it if If you don't like the absurd to a classic writer. Deals with black prisoners and what is expected of black society.
See it if you love performance art with very good choreography and limited but high quality singing
Don't see it if you want anything that resembles a play or deals with the issues that Kafka and Hugo, before him, brilliantly explored
"Black Lives Trapped in a Reimagined ‘Penal Colony.’ Miranda Haymon’s play relocates Kafka’s horrific tale of punishment to a contemporary world where African-American men are expendable entertainment."
"Franz Kafka's 'In the Penal Colony' is the ambitious inspiration for New York Theatre Workshop's latest release."
"The questions Haymon raises are vitally important ones, but this may not be the right format for them…Kafka imagined a machine in which written laws tear into a person's flesh. Her version of 'In the Penal Colony' doesn't offer anything nearly as terrifying as that."
"It's debatable whether Haymon really even needed the frame of Kafka's story on which to hang her ideas. It's a somewhat uneasy matchup. Kafka's work, like Haymon's, certainly deals with power and punishment and a failure of the justice system. However, the story has a very European sensibility."