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The Place We Built

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy, Clever

About the show

The Flea Theater presents the world premiere of Sarah Gancher's tale of friendship, idealism, and coming-of-age, set in current-day Hungary. More…

In a deserted neighborhood in post-communist Budapest, a group of young bohemians build a bar. Reclaiming the Jewish identity their parents’ generation abandoned after the Holocaust, they create a vibrant new subculture combining big ideas and intense debates with wild abandon and outrageous parties. But as authoritarianism and anti-Semitism make a surprise comeback in Hungary, they must fight to save the place they built.

Member Reviews (23)


Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy, Clever
Avg Score

Thought provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Confusing, Edgy

See it if you enjoy plays that explore both anti-semitism & authoritarianism in the world today. Great performance by Brendan Dalton.

Don't see it if you don't like characters who are not fully developed. Also, if you don't like seating in uncomfortable chairs. You don't like long plays.

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Future possibile results of the political here & now in the US are a concern. Well written & acted drama of how choices/history can overtake

Don't see it if Serious historical & political drama with tight acting & writing that reflects current US events & issues in this election cycle offends.

Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent, Original

See it if you enjoy theater that is overtly political but doesn't preach about the "right" thing to do, ensemble shows where everyone holds their own

Don't see it if you dislike mixing politics w/ your theater, aren't interested in engaging w/ non-American political settings, or need a well-cushioned seat

Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy clever stories, immersive staging, beautiful character creation.

Don't see it if You are bored by historical, activism-based themes and people's stories in these contexts.

Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Original, Relevant

See it if you like a young acting troupe making challenging, non-linear story telling from multiple points of view.

Don't see it if don't like environmental theater flowered with politics and really uncomfortable chairs.

Overly long, Thought-provoking, Original, Large ensemble cast, Good intro to historical and present antisemitism

See it if You are interested in political and social implications of modern day antisemetism and authoritarianism; broader implications for the US.

Don't see it if You don't want to be in the midst of loud party scenes, use of puppets to explain history, overly long to get to a rousing finale.

Thought-provoking, Original, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like a play that makes you think, appreciate a lively and engaging cast, or question the politics of the world today. It's a winner!

Don't see it if you only like fluffy musicals or are uncomfortable in a small, intimate theater. If you are anyone else....see it!

Absorbing, Edgy, Insipid, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like experimental theatre, you like "downtown theatre," you like political theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like political places, you do not like Jewish history and current Jewish issues, you don't like ensemble theatre.

Absorbing, Clever, Original, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy stores that will make you think.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light and fluffy.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like new plays and young actors

Don't see it if Don't like race blind casting in a show about ethnicity

Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like shows about finding meaning and identity in the midst of political upheaval.

Don't see it if You're under 13 as you will probably have no idea what is going on.

Ambitious, Epic, Great writing, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if you ache for theater that feels like theater, about the best and worst (and funniest) parts of the human experience

Don't see it if you want to be spoonfed and/or are conservative

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If You like educational, funny, somber and partying with Bohemians.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy shows that take place in intimate theaters.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy entering a world when you go see a play, you like sharp, political theater with a talented ensemble.

Don't see it if you like to feel removed from the action.

Confusing, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Anyone who has been in a movement

Don't see it if You want a boring linear show

Absorbing, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want to know about what's going on in Eastern Europe with the arts

Don't see it if Umm

Clever, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You like shows that are character based and thought provoking. You can follow quick changes in scenes. Like edgy, experimental, engaging.

Don't see it if You don't like loud music, lots of motion, small theatres where you feel like you are part of the show.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to experience a cultural story that you're probably unaware of

Don't see it if You lack an open mind about the world and how interconnected our sociopolitics are

Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Profound

See it if You're interested in political theater

Don't see it if you're a nazi sympathizer

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you have an interest in history, and enjoy hearing it from those who were "there", told in an edgy and unique perspective.

Don't see it if you are not the slightest bit interested in history, and dislike large ensemble productions.

During previews
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to catch a creatively staged new play about happenings in a post Soviet Era Hungarian bar challenging peoples dedication & politics

Don't see it if A rowdy youth driven ensemble replete w/the follies of youth & loud music leaves you cold. Given to diatribe & a bit too long-still v good.

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you're interested in recent, uncomfortable history and politics. It stands on its own held up by great characters/performances though.

Don't see it if a lot of exposition and time-jumps are going to confuse/bore you. Low-tech production also might make it tricky to keep up with everything.

During previews
Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in historical episodic drama; politics and the Jewish experience

Don't see it if You need chronology or have no interest in history

May 2nd, 2016
“Collectives often have a dispersive energy, and so, unfortunately, does this show. Giving essentially equal weight to multiple characters and situations, it rarely persuades us to care about any of them...And yet one performance, by Brendan Dalton as a nervous, closeted young musician named Miha...
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May 9th, 2016
“'The Place We Built' is a big, rangy work, and it's the Flea's good luck that the director, Danya Taymor, has a gift for pointing our attention in the right direction, even when the stage is filled with chaotic activity. The cast is more than up to the task...The script is slightly overlong, and...
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May 6th, 2016
"'The Place We Built' turns out to be more of a theatricalized documentary than a play, however vivid, important, and revelatory its message. The conglomeration of episodes lessens the thrust of the real drama at the expense of exposition. The play is held afloat by its determined, if motley, cas...
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May 19th, 2016
"A high-energy, politically relevant play…Neither the interviews nor the multitude of flashbacks successfully develop the play’s characters as they define themselves…The cast is uniformly competent and compelling. Danya Taymor’s direction is uneven…The strength of 'The Place We Built' lies in it...
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