New York | 1h 15m | Already closed

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From 3 critic and 33 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking

About the show

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.

1h 15m | Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)


60
TheaterScene.net

"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


69
Ambitious, Confusing, Solid enunciation

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.

67
Great acting, Slow, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like different plays

Don't see it if You enjoy musicals

65
Intelligent, Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

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.

65
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if Boring script

Don't see it if Boring script

Also Even with strong actors, the script was boring.

61
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Relevant, Great design

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.

Also Writer shies away from the themes through his structure and flowered l... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious

See it if you don’t mind a script that needs a lot of work but has potential.

Don't see it if you like a well thought out, easy to follow story.

Also This play could be something special - but there are currently lots of... Read more Read less

55
Good idea, Good acting, Interesting, Surreal, Slow in the beginning

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

51
Slow, Pretentious, self-indulgent, boring,

See it if You would enjoy it if you want to support experimental theater whether or not it is successful in what is attempted.

Don't see it if You don't want to be bored for even an hour and a quarter or if you don't want to see a play that doesn't really work.

55
Confusing, Intense, Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You like slow and confusing plots

Don't see it if If you prefer edgy thought provoking plays

68
During previews
Clever idea, Ambitious, Slow, Plodding, Educational

See it if you like "magical realism." Intelligent & thoughtful premise, but wooden dialogue. Great insight, tho, into US-Mexico immigration history.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate poetic text, or "Twilight Zone"-type story. Acting was so-so, except for Del Fabro who was excellent.


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