Already closed | 1h 30m | Gramercy

The Rare Biosphere

From 42 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

Sea Dog Theater presents this timely world premiere inspired by real-life immigration conflicts happening on a daily basis in this country. Get tickets for $5 off with the code "SHOWSCORE." More…

Given our current polarized political climate, it is easy to forget that behind these “political issues” are real people whose stories matter, and must be told. 

1h 30m | Already closed | Anderson Hall (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (42)


Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
Avg Score

Edgy, Intense, Great acting

See it if A play about ILLEGAL immigration. Two fine young actors. Play is a heartfelt one.

Don't see it if It brings out the pains of trying to get to America. It misses the point of reality, however. Most Americans came to this country Legally.

Funny, Insightful, Romantic, Moving, Relevant

See it if 18 y.o HS girl tries to cope w/ her parents’ deportation and a smitten boy who wants to save her. Wonderful performances, full of feeling.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in families affected by deportation, and a tender teenage romance.

Also The "rare biosphere" is a symbol for the value of diversity.

Crucial, Beautifully played, Romantic, Wrenching, Delightful

See it if you'd like to see a powerful indictment of current US immigration policy that brings the issue close to home.

Don't see it if you think it's OK to separate families for the "crime" of wanting to make a life in the US when it's become impossible to do that at home.

Also Like many US citizens I’ve looked on with horror as my country’s immig... Read more Read less

More intellectual than emotional, Odd audio-visual effects, Interesting use of the space, Resonant, Earnest

See it if slice of life theater is your thing. Realistic stage business like cooking and laundry suggest everyday activities.

Don't see it if you expect a "well made play". It seems that is what the playwright intended but once the situation is defined nothing essential changes.


See it if You want to see a play that deals with illegal immigrants being deported from a child’s perspective that is left behind by the parents

Don't see it if You are expecting a big polished Broadway production. The set is very bare-bones

Also I get most frustrated when I feel there is an opportunity for a great ... Read more Read less

Topical, Relevant, Beautifully acted, Moving, Absorbing

See it if Want 2 consider plight of immigrants who've tried to forge a better life 4 their family, seen thru a surprising perspective. Insightful.

Don't see it if Want more than 2 young actors on barebones, but evocative set . Don't want to face cruelty of US policies. At times funny, it lands right.

Sympathetic, Thought-provoking, Fine acting, Important theme, Relevant

See it if you care about our uncompassionate immigration policies & like sympathetic characters trying to cope with almost insurmountable problems.

Don't see it if you want to see comedies, "light" entertainment, non-political content & dislike sad themes and distressed characters.

Touching, Slow, Confusing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to explore emotions/resilience of USA born Hispanic teen child of illegal immigrants, sis to toddlers, after their parents deported

Don't see it if you cannot enjoy a show including untranslated Spanish, too rapid garbled English, prop errors, or mixed racial/religion/ethnic teen romance

Also Zac Owens portrayal of an awkward 18 year old lovesick young virgin ma... Read more Read less

Riveting, Relevant, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Relevant and very timely.

Don't see it if If you don’t like serious topics.

Also I absolutely loved this play. It was timely and relevant. I don’t want... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You care about immigration policy and want to absorb yourself in the difficulties undocumented families face.

Don't see it if You want a break from politics or don't like thinking about hard things.

Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Must see, Absorbing

See it if This is a quiet little show that packs a punch. A thoughtful two-hander that deals with immigration, love, and coming of age in a touching

Don't see it if and relevant manner. Both leads give excellent performances, with Sophie's determination and Stephen's youthful naïveté in perfect contrast.

Also This was my first Sea Dog production, and I'm very excited to see what... Read more Read less

Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well written and acted play about the problems faced by immigrants.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the struggles of illegal immigrants to our country.

Relevant, Ambitious

See it if A 2 character play about immigrant deportation appeals to you.

Don't see it if A lite evening is preferable.

Also There’s things to admire, including 2 very charming actors, but there’... Read more Read less

Outstanding writing, Outstanding acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a fresh, relevant, moving play with 2 amazing young actors. We loved it from start to finish and will try to bring friends!

Don't see it if you are not interested in serious present problems. But you might want to see it anyway to see what might be going on somewhere close by.

Also Kudos to the playwright: this play really brings home the hurtfulness ... Read more Read less

Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like plays that deal with real life issues in today's news

Don't see it if you want a big production, with a large cast.

Also It takes a bit for the play to get going, but finds it's groove at the... Read more Read less

Relevant to our current world, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if A slow burn about the current state of illegal immigration and policies, set in a down to earth reality for many people.

Don't see it if You don't like theatre of the oppressed, or not in a relaxed state, this needs a quiet concentration, not to be mixed with caffeine.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if This play portrays 2 teenagers in a very positive light. They are caring, studious, and have good relations with their parents.

Don't see it if You don't like small productions

Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want a thought provoking show that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It also ties in current events seamlessly

Don't see it if you want a giant theater

Must see, Funny, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You would like to see a relevant, heartbreaking, and funny play.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear anymore about immigration and family separation.

Intelligent, Funny, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You would appreciate a really relevant and timely but sad story of the immigrant struggle in the U.S.

Don't see it if You're anti-immigrant and don't want to have that belief challenged.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if complex characters, true and witty dialogue, relevant theme.

Don't see it if Simple, bare bone production, but the company makes the absolute best of the limitations.

Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Clever

See it if Because It is relatable to what's going on in the USA these days. And also the acting is really alive and free. Makes it a good combination.

Don't see it if Only if you can't afford it, unfortunately. Other than that I don't know why one wouldn't go see it.

Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see excellent acting, brilliant dialogue, a good example of the harsh realities of today’s politics and the people it hurts.

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing great acting, humor, tragedy, a charming love story, and a glimpse at today’s harsh reality of immigration.

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

See it if The play is timely, puts a human face on what it means to be born in America to undocumented migrants and is well suited for kids.

Don't see it if If you refuse to see two sides to a very polarizing issue in today's America. You don't have to change your mind, just keep it open.

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

See it if You enjoy good acting, truly unique staging, and theater that addresses hot-button issues in a non-smaltzy (read: Green Book) way.

Don't see it if Can't handle stories about immigrant families being torn apart.

May 12th, 2019
"It softens the blow with regard to just whose life and circumstances it chooses to present…It's impossible not to leave the theatre wondering how to fix our system…Plaza and Owens are convincing…This idealistic relationship, as well as the reminders of the thematic connection to the biosphere, t...
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May 1st, 2019
"The strength of director Christopher Domig’s choices precede the narrative...The play, written with incredible empathy by Chris Cragin-Day, explores the parallels of how society at large treats diversity as a nuisance...The play is not without its faults, but those are few and brief...It is an e...
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