The Rare Biosphere
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The Rare Biosphere
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The Rare Biosphere NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(42 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
5%
Negative
0%
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."

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Member Reviews (42)

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76
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.

85
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. Read more

91
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. Read more

75
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.

74
Relevant

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 Read more

80
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.

79
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.

91
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (2)

Theatre's Leiter Side
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, tends to tamp down the impact of what might otherwise be far more tearjerkingly powerful material. Imperfect as it is, [it] deserves attention for attending to so critical a social and political problem."
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T
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 endearing piece of art, anchored by two fantastic performances by Natalia Plaza and Zac Owens."
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