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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

64
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.

66
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


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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