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)


Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow

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

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.

Insipid, Dated, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if It was weird

Don't see it if It was boring

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.


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.

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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