Closed 1h 15m
Strangers in the World
West Village
72

Strangers in the World NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(13 Reviews)
Positive
62%
Mixed
38%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Confusing, 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.

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Member Reviews (13)

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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. Read more

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (6)

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 terms, 'Strangers' continues the invisibilization of Native Americans in history...Unsurprisingly, 'Strangers' leaves us with an open ending...This makes the play frustrating and infuriating."
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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 diligently sleuth-like or lucky enough to read and study Sharp's playscript - you'll piece together some fairly coherent and rich back stories."
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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 actors in their own right) seems to have created their characters without regard to what the other actors had done, making the play’s 75 minutes feel double that."
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T
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 narrative is as cold and distant as the hellish land where the Puritans have been apparently sentenced to spend eternity."
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T
March 22nd, 2019

“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.”
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April 5th, 2019

"A moving, stylized theatre piece. Even as phrases and gestures crisscross and repeat, something new is added, sparking our attention and adding to the conflicts on stage...There are some funny yet bizarre moments...The acting is exceptional. Each character is individualized by gesture and tone. Their dilemma is poignant, and the repeating phrases are almost incantatory."
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