The Fever (La MaMa)
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The Fever (La MaMa)

The Fever (La MaMa) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(9 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Profound, Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant

About the Show

Performed in complete collaboration with the audience, this new piece from New York-based, experimental theater company 600 Highwaymen examines how we assemble, organize, and care for the bodies around us.

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Ambitious, Profound, Relevant, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if The company asks/risks the audience to BE the show. Suprisingly moving & at times profound as we realize how interdependent we truly are

Don't see it if Audience participation IS the show & while you can get away with not doing so, you become weirdly compelled to do so. Trust factor high

Political, Good-natured, Participatory, Calm, Caring

See it if you would like to participate in an active exploration of the idea that every theater experience constitutes an ad hoc, 1-time community.

Don't see it if you cannot abide even the least coercive kind of audience participation. Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
January 5th, 2017
For a previous production

"We often pay lip service to the idea that theater is a sort of secular communal rite, but the description applies to 'The Fever,' a lovely, haunting meditation on human connection...Much of show is made up of exchanges that could almost be described as the kind of 'mixer games' made to foster fellowship at corporate retreats. I know: shudder! But in 'The Fever,' they are infused with a humble physical - and literary - poetry that scrapes away synthetic sentimentality."
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Time Out New York
January 6th, 2017
For a previous production

"Browde and Silverstone are interested in citizen-performance...Here they turn almost completely to the audience for their casting needs. Formally, it's a beautiful inversion, but for me the piece itself had a claustrophobically sweet aspect. Browde and Silverstone deserve hearty applause for their creative restlessness within the new form they're carving out...If here things seem a touch too gentle and the writing a bit too clichéd, at least the iconoclastic approach is radical."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 8th, 2017
For a previous production

"While the narrative lingers in the realm of the abstract, issues of identity, aging, loneliness, and isolation are cogently explored...There is almost no moment in the performance when one or more audience members aren’t performing along with the cast...There is lots of touching, a little giggling, and, surprisingly little resistance...The performance is so much about the magic of the mimetic and the incredible empathy this kind of doing can elicit."
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The Huffington Post
January 13th, 2017
For a previous production

"Several problems crop up. First, they begin the show by hinting at characters and a situation...Then it’s dropped completely...As the final nail in the coffin, they then have a text read out that banally tells us what we just did and hopes for import...The cast chose to deliver most of their instructions/dialogue in a flat, affectless, style...Ritual can be powerful theater and there’s no need for 'story.' This was a scattershot, unsatisfying first draft, not a fully formed effort."
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