Already closed | 1h 15m | West Village

Strangers in the World

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow

About the show

In Axis Theatre Company's new drama, a group of Puritans is put to the test after they arrive on the shores of the "New World" in 1623. More…

Unable to venture far inland, the Puritans build a poorly constructed village on the rocky shore. After two years, a ship arrives with more colonists and supplies, but the captain goes mad and sets the ship on fire, sinking it. A survivor from the burned vessel tells the settlers that others are coming to save them. Eight years pass, and at last they decide that tomorrow they will head somewhere south on a journey. Then, a visitor from another world arrives. The play depicts what happens when the values and morals of Puritans are set against the grinding agony of starvation, the constant death of their children, and the horror of murder. How can they choose between bonds of home, a godless southern city and the silent sweet promise of nothing?

1h 15m | Already closed | Axis Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (13)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow
72
Avg Score

85
Beautiful, Intense, Unresolved, Gripping, Mysterious

See it if you like theater that transports you to an alternative world, but one that is not so different from ours that you are totally lost.

Don't see it if you want a play that comes to a resolution that you can understand.

Also No troupe is better than Axis (in its intimate gem of a theater) at cr... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Slow, Absorbing

See it if People trying to survive and losing their minds.

Don't see it if No action and confusing.

Also It is 75 minutes, repetitive and confusing.

50
Quirky, Intense, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you enjoy thoroughly confusing shows

Don't see it if you like to leave the theater having understood what you had just seen

90
Timely, Moody, Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like thoughtful period pieces, if you like great design and if you don't need to have everything spelled out.

Don't see it if you don't like non-musicals, if you don't like mystery and if you don't like more experimental theater.

65
Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if If you like shows that deal with historical issues. Also if you like plays with complicated plots and good acting.

Don't see it if You rather see plays that are easy to follow and that deal with current issues.

50
Insipid, Dated, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if It was weird

Don't see it if It was boring

50
Ambitious, Great acting, Clever

See it if you go for radically ambitious projects, good production values and impact.

Don't see it if You can't deal with the relentless circling around despair, delusion and fears.

98
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Your looking to try something differert. Doesn’t hand you answers. It leaves you wondering.

Don't see it if Your lookin for a comedy.

94
Intense, Epic, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if See it if you're ready for a profound excavation of humanity's true nature in desperate times, beautifully designed and fearlessly acted.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you're faint of heart or in need of affirmation that people are essentially kind-hearted.

Also STRANGERS IN THE WORLD follows a band of Puritans, desperate to surviv... Read more Read less

59
Intense

See it if Well if you are still fascinated by the life of Puritans and their difficulties, this IS the show for you. Intense and disturbing.

Don't see it if If you lack patience and you cannot understand or want to understand 17th Century English dialogue and diction.

93
Intense, Edgy, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like intense, beautifully written, expertly staged theater w/urgent, nuanced performances from the actors. More questions than answers

Don't see it if you like theater that leaves you feeling certain of what just happened.

95
Epic, Edgy, Dizzying, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Sympathetic characters face traumas and unforgiving landscape,trying to keep to their values.Realistic look at a romanticized bit of history

Don't see it if you want all the answers right now.

During previews
71
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if Wayward interloper disrupts dazed, marooned godly settlement. Suspicious of his intentions, they imprison him in a cage awaiting verdict.

Don't see it if All the action takes place before this brief drama begins. Some directive groping & fondling, which tests the Puritan way of life.

Also Sample dialogue:"I think that God has gone away somewhere.God is deaf.... Read more Read less


March 24th, 2019
"A play like 'Strangers in the World' simply perpetuates the idea that establishing facts is more important than addressing them from a critical perspective...It would've been more interesting to hear from the so-called 'savages'...By choosing to merely refer to their existence through derogative...
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March 19th, 2019
"You may leave 'Strangers' with mixed reactions. The proceedings onstage may make you feel as disoriented and tetchy as the villagers themselves. The characters' words as they vainly try to maintain some of their former sanity and decorum seem at times to be pure nonsense. But if you're diligentl...
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March 26th, 2019
"An interesting concept with real potential, but lacks the narrative elements to hold it together theatrically. Writer/Director Randy Sharp presents a story that lacks any clear purpose other than to create a collection of mostly non-sequiturs uttered by crazy people. And the ensemble (able actor...
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March 17th, 2019
"Randy Sharp uses the mysterious tale of the Lost Colony of Roanoke as inspiration for her dark, flummoxing new play...As with all Axis productions, 'Strangers in the World' is technically adept, with solid acting, a compelling set, fab costumes, and an appropriately creepy sound design...The nar...
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