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"A stunning new play...'Lost and Guided' packs an emotional wallop into its 90-minute running time. Rather than the brief, often heavily politically tinged news stories and articles on the Syrian situation, the play tells the flesh-and-blood stories of four everyday people...The cast is excellent...Many intense and sometimes difficult-to-watch moments in this outstanding piece...It also tears at the heartstrings." Full Review
"'Lost and Guided' offers a sympathetic depiction of those whose lives were torn apart by the Syrian war...It is not the sort of play that hammers home a clear thesis on the war or what should be done about it...'Lost and Guided' seems less concerned with driving action onstage than it is with catalyzing an emotional impact offstage...It is wonderful to see a strong cast of Middle Eastern performers, and all four leads in particular give endearing and compelling performances." Full Review
"As both writer and director, Kapustina makes a difficult story engaging and approachable, while retaining the emotional and complex truths of humanity’s darker side...It is a complicated and emotional journey without an easily packaged outcome, and it deserves to fill every seat in the house...Outside of an awkwardly staged moment or two...this production is craftily directed...'Lost and Guided' is both affecting and effective." Full Review
“The challenge of constructing a play in this way is that the dialogue is likely to seem less organic to the characters and it does in fact sometimes feel a bit stilted. Overall, though, ‘Lost and Guided’ makes a strong impression, showing just how quickly war and political violence can turn people's lives upside down…At a time when refugees are undeservedly looked at with suspicion by many, this play helps to humanize them and inspires much-needed compassion.” Full Review
"Set amidst the onset of violence in Syria's Civil War, it follows the fates of two families. While relying too heavily on the classic idea of how war can tear apart families and ruin lives, the play does synthesize the emotions of the characters through good acting and an engaging script. The cast brought a human element to a faraway war that now resonates for me more emotionally than it did before watching the play. I would recommend 'Lost and Guided' for its timeliness and gritty nature." Full Review
“Moving and absorbing…One of the drawbacks of having a play constructed from transcripts is that a certain amount of subtlety is lost...But the play text effectively incorporates ordinary details of characters’ lives into the larger political and historical backdrop, which, along with the power of hearing refugees’ own accounts and Kapustina’s expert directing, enables the production to accomplish its stated goal of humanizing the refugee crisis.” Full Review
See it if You wonder what it would be like to go from a normal life to that of a refugee, or you want to know more about the Syrian situation.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in political plays or in Syria, or if you can't tolerate tiny basement theatres. But you would be missing out.
See it if You want to hear some of the struggles that transpired in Syria. You want to see a play that pulls at your heart strings.
Don't see it if You are looking for something light and fluffy. You are not interested in events in the world. You don't like a heavy play.
See it if You enjoy devised theatre informed by real-life interviews, you want more information about the Syrian refugee crisis.
Don't see it if You prefer plot-based and scripted theatre, you're in the mood for a comedy.
See it if you care about both arts and wish to make an impact for a worthy cause and improve people's lives. A human story in a riveting performance!
Don't see it if You hate good theater or don't care about refugees
See it if You have compassion for the innocent people caught up in a war that's tearing their country apart. This brings their plight to vivid life.
Don't see it if You cannot bear to look into the faces of suffering people. Or just don't care.
See it if You want an emotional experience to augment your intellectual awareness of the tragedy that is Syria.
Don't see it if you want action and plot. or if you are unwilling to face political issues.