Boundless Theatre presents María Irene Fornés’ critically acclaimed drama, which presents an unflinching portrayal of the intersection between political and personal violence. More…
The play follows Orlando, an army officer serving under the totalitarian government of an unnamed Latin American state. As he advances in his career, Orlando perpetrates state-sanctioned acts of violence, warping his psyche and gradually upending life in his household. His descent into a lifestyle of corruption and abuse leaves Orlando’s family grappling with the pernicious intrusion of state terror in their private lives. This exploration of power, gender, and greed provides a timely and brutal portrait of domestic life under authoritarianism.
See it if Stunning scenes of soldier's family members coping w/ his violent depravity. Creative staging and lighting intensify the disturbing script.
Don't see it if Torture and sexual abuse. Loss of humanity, emotional pain, and extreme anger. Terrified family. Makes its point; you won't forget it.
See it if Very intense story a man that wants power and what he does to get the power.
Don't see it if Deals with torture sexual abuse. You want a happy story with music, singing, dancing.
See it if you enjoy brutal depictions of cruelty and violent behavior which escalates as the production drags it's way to the finish.
Don't see it if you need a more easily understood plot and dislike the depiction of brutality and cruelty on stage; you don't care for minimalist productio
See it if you are able to make connections between different plot lines
Don't see it if violence depicted onstage is a trigger for you.
Also why is "the help" always the comic relief...
See it if you appreciate Fornes' elliptical plays and want to see a spare but solid revival of one her compact, dreamlike plays
Don't see it if you're triggered by stage depictions of violence, psychological or physical; you don't like claustrophobic environments
See it if you don't have especially high expectations because it's by Irene Fornes; good acting can make an otherwise unappealing play worthwhile.
Don't see it if you can't deal with a play in a tiny, almost claustrophobic space that is relentlessly and almost exclusively about violence against women.
See it if you like plays that reflect the current creeping growth of moral permissiveness, brilliantly acted. By brilliant Off-Off-Bway author.
Don't see it if You insist on light-hearted entertainment (no shade :)
See it if You enjoy raw, truthful acting with a profound reflection of the treatment of women in traditional societies.
Don't see it if You are looking for a light evening of entertainment
See it if you want to see a stunning production of a harrowing play by the greatest playwright the off-off-Broadway movement ever produced.
Don't see it if you don't want to be confronted with the effects of torture & sexual abuse in a tiny space, or can't abide great shifts of tone in a play.
See it if You enjoy seeing a show in a very small and intimate space. They made great use of what they had
Don't see it if You need your theater to have a strong plot with a good solid ending
See it if you’re up for a very dark social critique. Bleak forecast for the outcome of entrenched power imbalances.
Don't see it if you don’t like every uttered syllable loaded w/ symbolic significance, sometimes at the expense of plot clarity.
See it if you enjoy Fornes's work or intense non-linear plays dealing with violence, politics, ambition.
Don't see it if violence towards women, machismo, corruption turn you off. Scenes felt "choppy" - just as the good stuff starts, the scene ends.
See it if you can handle 70min of intense drama: violence against women; corruption of power; psychological & physical dominance; all in a tiny space.
Don't see it if you'll squirm to the above, w/in non-stop schizo scene-changes in a (perfect) claustrophobic space where you can't move, breath or "escape".
See it if you're a fan of Fornes & want to see the play that won her much acclaim in 1985; you enjoy political theatre & simulated sex / violence
Don't see it if brutality towards women triggers flash-backs, you prefer happy stories, you want to avoid thinking about repression or class distinction
See it if you're an off-off-bway skeptic. With ingeniously economical lighting & sets, director Elena Araoz's revival of Fornes wows with intensity.
Don't see it if you don't relish an in-your-face experience. This theater is only two rows deep! On second thought, why not challenge yourself for a change?
Also Memorable line: "I wish you didn't have to be hurt."
See it if Saw this production w/ 2 other folks. Amongst the 3, we had diverse reactions (1 hated it), though all thought it worthwhile to watch
Don't see it if Centered on a military torturer's private life, we see him increasingly enact punishment on his wife and a sex-prisoner trapped in his home.
See it if A timeless play by one of the US' greatest dramatists. A story about greed, power, denial, and corruption. A thoughtful revival.
Don't see it if if you do not favor elliptical, Brechtian dramaturgy that focuses on tyranny and abuse of power, then this may not be for you.
See it if you want to see a disturbing, intense play. The threat of violence (generally not actually shown) makes for riveting drama.
Don't see it if you can't watch cruelty/violence to women. While I was engrossed throughout, I didn't feel the play ultimately coalesced
See it if If you wish to see a revival by a well regarded, now deceased NYC playwright. The actor playing the servant gave a marvelous performance.
Don't see it if you don't have an interest in Maria Irene Fornes canon. It's not a good play and the staging is somewhat strange.