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Pay No Attention to the Girl

From 3 critic and 13 member reviews
Members say: Confusing, Ambitious, Great staging, Clever, Quirky

About the show

Target Margin revives this world premiere, an interlocking set of tales about the deceptions of the sexes - tales within tales, that lead us deep into the labyrinth of "The Thousand and One Nights." More…

Who should we pay attention to? Created by the company from various translations / transmissions of the classic collection of stories, "The Thousand and One Nights," "Pay No Attention To The Girl" is part of a multi-year exploration of the text led by Target Margin and resident artists. 

Already closed | The DOXSEE (Brooklyn)

The New York Times

for a previous production "It is surprisingly easy to follow the plots and characters within these stories framed by stories framed by stories. The ambiguity that pervades this production is deliberate and of a different order...If this show is inevitably and openly defined by a 21st-century gaze, it also revels in the timeless and transcendent power of its source material. Watching 'Pay No Attention,' we are much like Scheherazade’s enraptured sultan, still listening to what she has to say, and still trying to make s... Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "It is clear that this cast has an almost academic grasp of the material...At times, however, the plot lines are difficult to follow and I got lost in the back and forth of the piece. Though I felt taken care of by the earnest ensemble, it’s hard to sink in and connect when a piece is this stylized and devoid of vulnerability...Every inch of the massive space is used expertly...With song, dance, and talented storytellers, 'Pay No Attention to The Girl' is inventive and fun." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

for a previous production “‘Pay No Attention’ founders as often as it succeeds...Roles are assigned for the most part by gender...It feels like a missed opportunity not to play more directly with the gender issues highlighted in the stories...The most effective sections were the most straight-up storytelling...Stabs at different styles and techniques–clearly scripted stumbles and verbal slips; movement sequences with over bright, overloud pop music; the occasional song–didn’t connect as well with me.” Full Review

Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy meta-theatrical storytelling, poor theatre-esque design, and non conventional staging/seating arrangements

Don't see it if you dislike non-proscenium spaces, meta-theatrical conventions, or sound demons

Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you like cutting edge theater and can embrace a bit of confusion to see an old story in a very new light.

Don't see it if you like traditional theater and are put off by gender fluid characters.

Edgy, Epic, Refreshing, Confusing

See it if You’re interested in non-traditional storytelling, you love fast-paced shows, you love exciting set design

Don't see it if You want an easy-to-follow plot

Ambitious, Entertaining, Scattered, Narrative, Handsome

See it if you like theater that challenges conventions of staging & script, & you like performing that is not confined to the embodiment of character.

Don't see it if you think the extensive use of direct address to an audience in the theater—storytelling—is a kind of cop-out.

Also Good news! Target Margin Theater, 1 of NYC’s sturdiest & most iconocla... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Different, Unique staging

See it if u like experimental theater, appreciate a talented ensemble which includes tech crew, want 2view show comfortably where u would never expect

Don't see it if if you do not like experimental theater, are not willing to open your mind to tales u may not be familiar with told in a very different way

Also Target Margin Theater is worth supporting no matter what they present ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Epic, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like experimental and devised theatre; are familiar with/a fan of "One Thousand and One Nights;" sitting on a couch sounds intriguing.

Don't see it if you don't want to trek out to a sleepy/industrial section of Brooklyn for a show; you want a more traditional theatrical experience.

Also The more I think about this show, the more meta it becomes. There is a... Read more Read less

Edgy, Confusing, Great staging

See it if You want to see clever set design and fast changing lighting design

Don't see it if You like straightforward easy to follow stories

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You want to support Target Margin, an important training ground for theater artists, as they pioneer theater in a new part of town.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with non-traditional productions in unfamiliar environs. But get over yourself, taste the breadth of experience.

Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if Interesting design from a fun theater company.

Don't see it if Totally strange and alienating production -- impossible to follow and despite amplification, difficult to hear the actors.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging

See it if you are in love with Arabian nights and already know some of the tales.

Don't see it if you like linear plots.

Banal, Confusing

See it if You know the playwright, director or actors and want to support them.

Don't see it if ... you want a fulfilling theater experience.

Also I'm open to all sorts of theaters and presentations and was very curio... Read more Read less

Confusing, Excruciating, Great staging

See it if you want to see a beautiful stage and sit on a comfy couch.

Don't see it if you expect to be able to follow the story or in general expect an engaging show.

Also The experience starts well enough as you explore the open set and the ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Based on 1001 Nights - wonderful creative engagement with it.

Don't see it if You only want traditional storytelling.

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