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?
"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 diligently sleuth-like or lucky enough to read and study Sharp's playscript - you'll piece together some fairly coherent and rich back stories." Full Review
“The imagery and various meanings in this play prompt good post-theater conversation. The structure is far from linear and can be repetitive in depicting madness...There is an abundance of atmospheric moodiness...The theme of repression peppers the entire play. There are moments where I feared the story was dangerously approaching caricature. In the end, the theatrical risk taking pays off. This unusual play can be recommended for adventurous theatergoers.” Full Review
"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 narrative is as cold and distant as the hellish land where the Puritans have been apparently sentenced to spend eternity." Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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