Flux Theatre Ensemble presents the world premiere of Jason Tseng's sci-fi drama about the challenges of maintaining civilization in a post-zombie-plague world, More…
'Rizing' is set many years after the zombie apocalypse in Shelter, the last city on Earth. Infected family members, friends, and lovers have been rehabilitated thanks to a daily regimen of medication and therapy, but the uninfected that brought them back do not fully trust them. Now that the drugs are starting to wear off, Shelter’s two-tiered society is on the brink of all-out war. Characters on both sides must choose between rebuilding the world as it was or creating a new one by force.
"The too-complicated plot confuses at times, though its twisting recesses also create interesting dramatic sequences creatively finessed by director Hartford with the help of evocative sound, lighting, scenic design, and costuming...Though in some respects there’s just too much here, leading to tangles and slowdowns, there’s a lot to admire as well." Full Review
"As a zombie drama, 'Rizing' has much going for it...While 'Rizing' is entertaining to watch (albeit at least 20 minutes too long), its lack of focus distances it from the audience. There are too many story lines, and they add up to less than the sum of their parts...'Rizing' is largely well-acted and well-directed, although I found myself occasionally laughing at, rather than with, some of the directorial devices...While I had reservations about 'Rizing', it was still well worth seeing." Full Review
"Tseng's idea is clever. Using zombies as a metaphor for the AIDS crisis is fascinating. But it would have been more fun to discover the parallels on our own...Director Emily Hartford had her work cut out for her…When she found the realistic components of the story, she was in her prime. But when it came to the sci-fi, she seemed to falter…Flux Theatre Ensemble has a piece that has great potential, it just needed a little more guidance and reworking...A step away from greatness." Full Review
See it if You're tired of seeing stereotypes played on stage and screen and you want to see masterful writing and acting in a beautiful piece.
Don't see it if You are an idiot. Everyone should see this show (unless you're squeamish at a little bit of blood).
See it if You want to immerse yourself in a sci-fi world with deep characters and themes.
Don't see it if You aren't prepared for openly gay relationships and a harsh look at our attitudes about disease.
See it if you want to support amazing and new talents, you enjoy an apocalyptic story with engaging writing that deftly touches on universal issues
Don't see it if you hate slow expositions (the starting scenes were a tad slow but necessary), you enjoy more mainstream theatre
See it if You like SciFi and LGBT themes. The SciFi explanations go a bit too far. The play raises questions about discrimination and equality.
Don't see it if You dislike SciFi or you're a Republican. The show can only be understood if you're familiar with LGBT issues. The play has violence.
See it if You enjoy interesting takes on familiar topics and if you like sci-fi stories, especially with zombies. Great, passionate cast.
Don't see it if You're closed minded or if you dislike sci-fi, zombie, or disease related stories.
See it if You like cutting-edge theater topics and like your theater a little bloody and dirty
Don't see it if You need every scene to make sense or need your set and effects to be very literal.
See it if You enjoy pieces with queer characters without themes of homophobia, gay panic, etc. The writing was ambitious and the premise intriguing.
Don't see it if The twisting of religious themes makes you uncomfortable. The acting was questionable for some of the actors.
See it if You enjoy Zombie Apcalypse TV shows/movies. This piece follows a group during the aftermath of an outbreak of "Z" & war, which devistated.
Don't see it if U find it hard to sit thru 2 1/2 hours of a Zombie/World-after war piece which reads as a movie on stage-or are uncomfortable w/ LGBT issues
See it if you enjoy science fiction or want to see a cast full of badass actors of color.
Don't see it if the nearly three-hour running time will be a deterrent for you. The show doesn't always feel like it justifies its length.
See it if You're an uber gay geek that can look past cliches and overzealous plot twists in order to see a new zombie Mythos twist.
Don't see it if You'd like to see 'gay plays' be a little less heterophobic.
See it if You are looking for a different kind of play with gay themes or if you like zombie stories. Or if you like science fiction stories.
Don't see it if You don't like long and slow plays where the plot meanders for a while. Or if you can't deal with heat (though they gave popsicles, yum!)
See it if you want to support the company, you're interested in the concept and don't mind if it's executed poorly.
Don't see it if you aren't willing to give up 3 hours (it's 3, not 2.5) to a failed experiment, you aren't interested in seeing a zombie soap opera.
See it if You like theatre that takes risks, relishes in sci-fi and has superb acting! What fun!
Don't see it if You can't sit through 2.5 hours of show. You don't like thinking too hard
See it if You can weather a somewhat obtuse opening and bring your own snacks for the 2.5 hour marathon (peanuts and Nilla wafers only for sale)
Don't see it if You're a homo/scifi/zombie/manga/comicbook -phobe. Otherwise, it gets really quite riveting after the infected start "regressing!"
See it if you like zombies, but like new spins on classic ideas. Like social commentary, have progressive politics.
Don't see it if you don't like sci-fi or are very squeemish. there's a short gorey scene.
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