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Lost and Guided

From 6 critic and 20 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

About the show

The Angle Project presents this universal story of love, friendship, and the struggle for happiness inspired by interviews with Syrian refugees living in the U.S. More…

The lives of four young Syrians are changed forever after anti-government protests transpire in the city of Daraa. During the next six years, each is forced to undergo a unique and heroic journey, while the turmoil in their homeland erupts into a full-fledged civil war.

The Huffington Post

"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

The Reviews Hub

"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

Plays to See

“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

Theatre is Easy

"'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

Edge New York

“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

Applause! Applause!

"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

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You care about the plight of refugees, or if you just want to see a true story with great actors

Don't see it if you'd rather shy away from serious issues

Also Knowing that these stories are true really drives it home for me. It r... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to be absorbed in an emotionally-riveting play about the suffering of innocent Syrian people whose lives are torn apart by war.

Don't see it if you can't deal with violence, suffering, uprooted refugees, or the separation of loved ones. There are also some stilted, preachy dialogues.

Also Today, with immigration and refugee concerns being major topics of con... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want an in your face understanding of what going on in Syria. Very disturbing but we should all be aware of this awful situation.

Don't see it if You're not ready to shed a tear in horror.

Great acting

See it if Good show great acting.Real life .

Don't see it if n/a

Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if you are interested in seeing how people step up during times of crisis.

Don't see it if you are looking for a comedy.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Profound

See it if A show touching on topic's in the news is your cup of tea, if you like touching/deep plots that make you think & cry.

Don't see it if If you prefer your entertainment light this is not for you. If you need all the characters running as written as this was carried by 1 or 2

Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Powerful story - well staged and directed. This one is well worth your... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Intense

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.

Absorbing, Slow, Great staging, Profound, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the human costs of the conflict in Syria.

Don't see it if Depictions of violence and torture would overwhelm you.

Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you're interested in hearing the human stories of Syrian refugees.

Don't see it if you don't like small, basement theaters.

Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You want to see drama that's relevant to the human condition

Don't see it if You don't like heavy subject matter. Nothing light and fluffy about this play

Also Staging was clever. Play is too long. Need a few moments of lightness ... Read more Read less

Slow, Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Excruciating

See it if You're interested in the plight of Syrian refugees and want a passionate depiction that's emotionally resonant despite major problems.

Don't see it if You object to being beaten over the head with a play's messages. You're bothered by stilted dialogue and poorly written scenes.

Also This is a moving play. The creators succeed in bringing this tragedy t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if you like dramas about man's inhumanity to man. However in attempting to use only words from actual refugee interviews drama is stilted.

Don't see it if you only like plays where everyone lives happily ever after.

Disappointing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if the crisis in Syria is an issue that you are only vaguely aware of, and want to know how it has effected the lives of it's people.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that's truly sensetive to the Syrian crisis. The young actors are quite good and compelling,

Also Unfortunately, the staging and dialogue need alot of work. I understan... Read more Read less

Slow, Intense

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.

Also The play, while socially relevant and timely, was a slog to get throug... Read more Read less

Relevant, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to hear what Syrian refugees are experiencing. Unfortunately, most of this tragic material was not edited

Don't see it if You want to see an interesting drama with well developed characters

Ambitious, Riveting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Must see

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

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Refreshing

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.

During previews
Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to see the personal side of what's happening Syria.

Don't see it if You want to see a full scale, feel good production.

Also It starts out with a normal day. Then there’s a little ripple, and peo... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant

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.

Also This is more an experience than a play. Sitting so close, one feels as... Read more Read less

Cast & Creatives (12)