Part of FringeNYC: Are the Mole People a myth? A teen runaway lives in abandoned tunnels under Grand Central Station where she meets...Descend with her! "Typewriter Dreams...in a nifty production by the Xoregos Performing Company" NY Times. More…
Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. From Xoregos Performing Company. Written by Donna Spector. Directed by Shela Xoregos. Composer: Brama Sukarma.
FROM THE ARTIST:
The Runaway is based on April Savino's short, sad life, spent in abandoned subway tunnels under Grand Central Station. The NY Times profiled her in 1988. The play also limns other strange denizens she knew underground.
This is a very New York tale.
"While 'The Runaway' contains many moving and poignant scenes, there are times where the play becomes a bit too ambitious, particularly in its attempt to coalesce the heartbreaking story of homeless children with Greek mythology. 'The Runaway' shines brightest when it shies away from grandiose verse or historical allusions, because the soul of the play clearly resides in the compassionate storytelling and interactions of the lost children." Full Review
"All of the performers were striving to give epic performances, but the script is not strong enough to keep one’s attention. It needs to be cut down to an hour...Xoregos has directed the work, and it is too labored with endless blackouts, long musical underscoring, and no pace. The characters all get stuck in the same sentimental tonality and pick up on each others’ rhythms...I think this production would work if judiciously pruned and paced up." Full Review
See it if You enjoy contemporary themes of troubled youth - exploring relationships. It's edgy with astounding teen performers.
Don't see it if You expect plot lines and linear story telling. It's an ensemble piece.
See it if You want to live a moment with under NYC in the subways with desperate people, bug infected, unwashed, wounded but creating human connection
Don't see it if You want twists, surprises and character transformations... this an opportunity to bear witness to shattered lives, seeking love, colliding
See it if You want intense subject matter and gripping performances, poetic language and resonant contemporary themes about life in New York.
Don't see it if You want light and fluffy comedy.
See it if you care about the homeless and runaway teens. The two young leads give compelling performances and the supporting cast is strong.
Don't see it if you want to see a comedy although there is a bit of humor in this dark play based on a true story.