New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

The Rare Biosphere

From 2 critic and 40 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)


85
Theater That Matters

"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." Full Review

70
Theatre's Leiter Side

"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." Full Review


100
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

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.

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

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.

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

90
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

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.

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

85
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

85
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.

83
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.

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.

80
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.

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.

77
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

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.

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 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.

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

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

100
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.

100
Relevant, Resonant, Refreshing, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like well acted and relevant material that is thought provoking and moves you emotionally.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays about things that are going on right now in the world or you don’t like plays that deal with real problems.

100
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if Very moving and relevant to thes dates. Excellent acting!!

Don't see it if You don’t like theater.

100
Emotional, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like being engaged during an entire play and feel as if you are really witnessing the hardship and conflict of an immigrant family

Don't see it if You don’t like a small intimate theater setting

98
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.

97
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.

96
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like shows about marginalized communities. Also, if you like work that makes you think by making you laugh.

Don't see it if You are upset by a progressive representation of immigrant communities or if you hate a feminist perspective on storytelling.

95
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to understand immigration crisis and grow in empathy for those it impacts

Don't see it if you're overwhelmed with all the sad things happening in America right now

93
Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Edgy

See it if You’re looking to see a well-written off broadway show talking about today’s issues in a way that retains humility and humanity.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show with extreme special effects and costume work or if you tend to find current event shows less entertaining.


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