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Recent Alien Abductions

From 3 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Compelling, Intricate

About the show

This New York premiere from PlayCo explores how families—and societies—are haunted by their pasts. More…

In Cortiñas’ play, small gestures and off-handed comments slowly reveal the colonial, racist, misogynist, and homophobic dynamics that constrain possibility in the lives of the characters. These power imbalances have been left to fester for so long that they create the alienating nightmare at the story’s core.

Member Reviews (3)


Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Compelling, Intricate
Avg Score

Weird, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Compelling, Great writing

See it if you want to see some really fascinating puzzle pieces come together in a really satisfying and powerful way.

Don't see it if you can't handle a bit of ambiguity/confusion as the puzzle pieces shift into place.

Creative, Intricate, Thought-provoking, Eerie, Great acting

See it if you’re comfortable with double meanings and oblique narratives. It helps if you’re familiar with the psychology of gaslighting.

Don't see it if you don’t like reading into the details, don’t see why some topics are coded inside others, don’t take Puerto Rican independence seriously.

Also I liked watching this. Cortiñas is good at controlling the release of ... Read more Read less

Slow, Absorbing

See it if you're a sci-fi fan and want to support new work by one of the city's most creative theaters (Play Co.)

Don't see it if You have a short attention span, or like things to move at a fast clip. This is definitely a slow burn.

Also The performance I saw was still finding its footing. I appreciated the... Read more Read less

March 3rd, 2019
"It’s a funny monologue, ingeniously layered and shadowed with pain. In Cortiñas’s 'Recent Alien Abductions' — it is a kind of show within the show, touching on cultural dominion and the caprices of memory, but also on trauma and erasure, both personal and sociopolitical....The production hasn’t ...
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March 6th, 2019
"Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas has woven a delicate spider’s web in 'Recent Alien Abductions.' His heartbroken thriller feels both gossamer frail and weirdly strong; even in a sometimes saggy production, it manages to snare your imagination....The energy drain of the first thirty minutes is a problem, a...
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March 4th, 2019
"The opening speech counts for roughly twelve percent of this brief work -- it is listed as Act I of an intermissionless three-act play -- and it goes on and on, to diminishing effect. But hang on, for playwright Cortiñas is setting us up; without it, 'Recent Alien Abductions' might not be the af...
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March 5th, 2019
"Devilishly enigmatic and culminating in an eerie denouement...'Recent Alien Abductions' confidentially veers tonally, seemingly goes off on tangents and holds interest for much of its off-kilter 90 minutes...In directing his own work, Cortiñas makes full use of the wonders of technical elements ...
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