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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
84
Avg Score

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.

91
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like relevant, timely pieces that are well written.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something super flashy.

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.

90
Educational, Absorbing, Funny

See it if You care about heart-warming storytelling that initiates a conversation about the effects of deportation on families

Don't see it if You don’t like small shows with heart.

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.

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

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

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to get engaged with socially, politically relevant theatre in an intimate space that allows you to become personally involved

Don't see it if you like big dazzling spectacles or if you need high drama. this is a gentle show that is asking for attention rather than demanding it.

80
Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to see two talented actors explore a really painful subject with empathy, humor and humanity.

Don't see it if you want an uplifting experience.

Also The subject matter is thought-provoking and absolutely warrants conver... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Yer interested in a story of an immigrant family trying to keep things together with parents in their homeland and kids surviving in the US.

Don't see it if You're unsympathetic to the plights of immigrant families.

During previews
86
Must see, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see how immigration policy directly affects families and children. A great show to start discussions.

Don't see it if You want a light story. This is a deep, heart-breaking story with a hopeful outcome.

During previews
74
Resonant, Relevant, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if U want to listen to a story of immigrant family’s kids that left behind. challenges that they face,sacrifices made to pursue a better life

Don't see it if heartbreaking story that families are faced with deportation due to their legal immigration status. How a teen is forced to mature overnight

During previews
85
Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Interesting story about a young girl whose parents are deported and her struggles to remain in America

Don't see it if You prefer something more lighthearted or Musical oriented

Also I really enjoyed this play. The time flew by interesting storyline and... Read more Read less

During previews
97
Moving, Honest,, Must see

See it if you want to be profoundly moved but not preached to.

Don't see it if the issues of forced deportation and family separation are too unpleasant to face.

Also The title "The Rare Biosphere" is very poorly chosen. What is on offer... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Profound simplicity, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you have the courage to enter the life for a moment of a high school senior whose parents are suddenly deported

Don't see it if you can't value the beauty of a simple story between two young people trying to deal with the human impact of ICE

During previews
89
Thought-provoking, Funny, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love shows that are topical.

Don't see it if You don't like serious subjects or cursing.


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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