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Maple and Vine

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant

About the show

New York Deaf Theatre (NYDT) presents an accessible production about a  Manhattan couple who have become allergic to their  21st-century lives. More…

When Katha and her husband Ryu meet a charismatic man from a community  of 1950s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic world, they are surprised by what their new neighbors, and they themselves, are willing to sacrifice for happiness. The production will be presented in a combination of American Sign Language, Spoken English, and English captions, and is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Member Reviews (11)


Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant
Avg Score

Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow

See it if NY Deaf Theatre brings a fascinating & intelligent spin to Harrison's "back to the 50's" drama Hard working cast (esp Corrigan's Dean) shine

Don't see it if Harrison doesn't quite resolve the questions that drama raises but the points made are solid Lengthy set-up slows story but actors prevail

Dated, Great writing, Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate Deaf representation and productions involving ASL. You enjoy thinking about socio-political themes.

Don't see it if You want to be wowed by the interesting themes. These were less resonant than they could have been.

Profound, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Interested in seeing talented diverse cast exploring appeal of simpler time vs now in a superficial way. Seeing a different type of show

Don't see it if Want a show that trusts its audience-3 hour show overwritten should have been 2 max. Don’t like show presented mix sign language, subtitles

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You would like to see ASL and spoken English used together creatively and not just as a mere translation.

Don't see it if You can’t commit to the slow tempo of a nearly 3-hour play.

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky, Riveting

See it if your interested in complexities

Don't see it if you are not intrersted in sign language

Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy creative visuals and are interested in how sign language and spoken English can be used together successfully.

Don't see it if you cannot commit to 3 hours. The story takes a while to get to each point.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you can read supertitles to follow the story (or know ASL). This is a really interesting play interpreted by both deaf and hearing actors.

Don't see it if You can't follow supertitles or don't know ASL - it can be easy to miss key points if you are watching vs. reading.

Also I found this show to be even more profound by use of a deaf actress in... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if A production by the NY Deaf Theatre used 3 methods for people w/all abilities to be thoroughly entertained. Loved it!

Don't see it if Tad too long but actually the time flew.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Theatre from another view point, delivered great acting with silence and signing. Educational for non deaf actors and directors well done!

Don't see it if If you are a non deaf audience you sometimes have to choose between watching the subtitles or the actors. Experience, trust watch the actors

Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense, Quirky

See it if you wanna see an amazing show in ASL with amazing actors put on by an amazing theatre company!

Don't see it if you’re not interested in seeing a show in ASL or reading captions

During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want to see legendary acting skills portray a different way of life that breaks free from modern technology barricading authenticity.

Don't see it if You are not open to seeing passionate sexuality displayed and/or thinking differently about life as you have come to know and experience it.

May 18th, 2018
"'Maple & Vine' is hilarious and uncanny in inventing forms of oppression, which the characters engage in willingly, even enthusiastically...This ASL production of 'Maple & Vine' not only makes the play accessible for a broader range of audiences, but also creates additional layers of meaning by ...
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May 18th, 2018
“A sharp, 90-minute social satire desperate to reveal itself...This particular production is also about how we communicate and how we stay silent...ASL, captioning and voiced dialog are all integrated here, a welcoming scenario for deaf theater-goers and an eye-opening experience for hearing memb...
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May 18th, 2018
“In the revival...the actors and the audience enter the world of the deaf...A more complicated world, but also an intriguing one...There are some thought-provoking moments about the nature of language and communication...The playwright hasn’t fully worked out all the details in the world he conju...
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May 21st, 2018
“A thoughtful, accessible production...Only hints at the mid-century vibrancy that gives the era much of its nostalgic allure...Still, the production offers a quiet, complex view into this nostalgic world through its strong performances and Harrison’s thoughtful writing. Though...slightly too lon...
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