The Tank's world premiere drama explores issues of race and gender through its story about a woman and a man living in New York, 85 years apart. More…
New York, 2019. Dominique, a 40-year-old married white woman, is a successful working mother who decides to take up an instrument she used to play when she was young. New York, 1934. Dominic, a 20-year-old gay immigrant, and a promising composer. After having a dream, he starts writing a fugue, and feels like he is supposed to live someone else's life. Their two stories become intertwined to a point where the viewer can't discern which one is which - neither can Dominic and Dominique.
“Is one story real and one imagined? Are both real?...If one does not come away with an answer, 'Real' at least shows Nogueira’s gift for poetic lyricism, and the questions he raises linger. It’s not a straightforward piece of theater, but it’s often fascinating, and it’s refreshing to find a theatrical voice as iconoclastic as Nogueira’s." Full Review
"The spooky and melodramatic aspects of the plot, and the two characters’ surreal pile-up of connections, are less engaging than the astute social observations the playwright threads throughout the piece...Nogueira, a playwright of some renown in Brazil who’s a newcomer to New York, still manages to land some astute and amusing comments about living in New York." Full Review
"The supernatural scenario is a little like something one might find on an eerie episode of Alfred Hitchcock's old TV anthology. Unfortunately, it all comes off as fairly stilted and heavy-handed. This is due in part to some of the flowery language that Nogueira uses ('I have the strength of a river to drown my sobbing heart with a loving rage'). But it also has to do with Ortman's direction, which eschews realism in favor of a highly self-conscious theatricality." Full Review
See it if You like thought provoking theater that explores issues around gender and identity with good writing and good acting
Don't see it if If you don't find these things interesting
See it if intellectually written; themes and elements (even same lines) echo between two dimensions; powerful acting; great directing, esp. last scene
Don't see it if simplistic staging (sufficient and efficient); Guess watching a play is just an experience too personal.. glad I wasn’t scared off by review
See it if You like a nuce ensemble piece and you can get there early enough to read the synopsis on the postcard
Don't see it if You’re not able to follow dual plots or actors playing multiple roles
See it if You like to see an intense, greatly written play goes between times/characters that their stories are interwined in a unique way.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of complex, non linear story telling, do not like small venues, homophobic, bothered with profanity
Also Starts slow but then it picks up its pace, Truly great ending.
See it if you enjoy magic realism, you like a story that is "different", you're interested in the resonance between the US policy toward Mexican immig
Don't see it if You expect a straight-through storyline, you like a lot of action, you hate poetic dialogue
See it if you like stories about queer characters, women's life choices, music, american history, immigration issues, and multiple interwoven stories
Don't see it if you prefer one linear narrative. The script could use a bit of polishing, I think, but it was an interesting idea.
See it if Like the idea of a man being trap in a woman's body,or a woman being trap in a man's body, told through the fuque of an evening. Very good .
Don't see it if Don't like plays with homosexuality themes.
See it if You can sit through 55 minutes of confusion and wait for an exiting last 15 minutes
Don't see it if You don’t have patience for a confusing show that ends marvelously.
See it if You are interested in theater exploring music and the relationship of dreams, the past and present and bringing it all together
Don't see it if you want a comedy or an easy to follow plot
See it if you want a script that would be better off on screen than on a stage. The cast does it best with a half-baked play about a half-baked fugue.
Don't see it if you're a pal of director Ortman and u want to still like him. His helming is ponderous, the play lacks wit, & seesaws between time queasily.
See it if you enjoy somewhat avant garde theater with a non-linear plot and a lot of philosophical rants about role and gender in society,
Don't see it if you prefer easy to understand plays with linear plots and a bit more action than ranting.
See it if theme trumps story for you. Some good acting from Gabriela Garcia and Darwin del Fabro. You want to support a latinx writer.
Don't see it if the lack of heart and human connection and a hit over the head direction would drive you up the wall.
See it if you are a fan of actors playing multiple roles well and in a script that draws connections between time periods and people
Don't see it if you need to understand everything or want a more satisfying ending to a play. It's unclear what's happening or what is the point being drawn
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