In this new adaptation of Franz Kafka's short story, three black men convene in an unnamed penal colony, asking what it means for them to exist in the media, when observed, when consumed, when punished. More…
Adapted from Franz Kafka's short story of the same name, "In the Penal Colony," investigates the performance of power, patriarchy and punishment.
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
See it if Intense in your face robotic repetitive movement and performance related to the experience of being a black man in America.
Don't see it if you are expecting a cohesive story with a narrative--this is an explosion of repetitive movements and intense bursts of action.
See it if you are interested in a new adaptation of Kafka's short story,encompassing the Black Am experience; outstanding acting,coregraphy&athletics
Don't see it if Even if racism is not your fav.subject, there is more reason to enjoy this show as "a metaphor of society",following Theatre of the Absurd
See it if you are thrilled by a powerful and raw vision, a surreal extension of the cruel treadmill young black men must endure. Tour de force acting.
Don't see it if you need clear plot lines and signposts to guide you through a story.
See it if You are interested in highly physical, political theatre that is an adaptation of a classic text
Don't see it if You have an aversion to nonlinear theatre
See it if you love black men. If you are enthralled by muscular physical technically precise choreography. great singing and acting. the cast is super
Don't see it if you can't handle the truth about the horrifying history of America's use and subjugation of black men.
See it if You are interested in seeing performers do things on stage that you wish you could. These three young men are inspiring!!
Don't see it if You are not ready to have an honest conversation afterwards!!
See it if You are concerned about the lives of black people specifically Black men. intense physical deeply rooted and highly absorbing work
Don't see it if you are unable to think consciously about how your identity affects how you view the world.or you think that KAFKA is going to be at center
See it if you want to see a tacit message about the treatment & expectations of black men in our culture via a tireless, arty interpretation of Kafka.
Don't see it if ur looking for a faithful & straightforward adaptation of Kafka's story; u don't want to spend most of the hour watching men chug Gatorade.
See it if Loosely based on Kafka's novella, Haymon's performance piece uses movement & soundscape to deal w/ black male incarceration Dense & dazzling
Don't see it if Highly conceptual & fragmented w/ little dialogue Piece relies on mobility - military drills, hip-hop,vogue, & slavery rituals for message
See it if you’re interested in contemporary take-offs on Kafka, or in issues of incarceration & surveillance, especially as practiced on black men.
Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional play or a “faithful” adaptation of Kafka.
See it if 3 black men doing calisthenics, singing and drinking lots of water, obscurely mirroring Kafka are your cup of tea
Don't see it if experimental theatre of the absurd is not your metier, need to feel more connected to what's being presented
See it if Physical tragedy instead of physical comedy. Actors and production team completely on point.
Don't see it if dislike when playwrights announce "why I wrote this play," undercutting what should be self-evident.
See it if You like Kafka. You like movement and drive. These are very talented actors in a small space made even smaller by the staging.
Don't see it if you want a serene afternoon. you want straight narrative. You dont want to have to think.
See it if you appreciate efforts to create a new vocabulary with non-traditional story lines and dialogue: a visceral exploration of imprisonment.
Don't see it if you prefer linear plots that are entertaining, easy to follow and not confusing.
See it if you're interested in seeing a powerful, movement-heavy piece examining ideas of power, patriarchy and punishment in society.
Don't see it if you need a linear, fully developed plot in order to understand a play rather than something that tends to be more conceptual overall.
See it if You like new ways of looking at classic Literature. With music and dance and hip hop being used to present the concept.
Don't see it if If you don't like Hip-Hop and and stories told for a modern audience.
See it if You enjoy strong devised/physical theatre and slightly enigmatic scene work. You want a piece investigating the black Male experience.
Don't see it if You need clear text or a linear narrative. You want something light and fluffy.