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.
“A timely piece...Dameron’s direction allows for a goofy rhythm that serves the humor and honors the camp urgency called for by the narrative...Supertitles expertly guide the hearing audience through a play performed entirely in American Sign Language...Seeing, or rather, hearing this play, one is surprised by how they see themselves in its text. The specificity is effectively universal, in the age-old paradox, and the ritual is only more powerful enacted through ASL.” Full Review
“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 long at three hours, it offers a complex view of the past and how we relate to it that will captivate both deaf and hearing audiences alike." Full Review
"'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 using different languages. It is not merely a translation, but a successful experiment in building an intricate Rubik’s cube, which I keep spinning in my head many days after the show." Full Review
“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 conjures up...nor created very deep characters...But the point is to explore why people are nostalgic for an era with fewer choices...'Maple and Vine' has become shockingly more timely." Full Review
“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 members of the audience...Film director Dameron has a field day exploring her options of communicating to the audience...Dameron’s cinematic eye also accounts for a strong opening moment.” Full Review
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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