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The Year of the Bicycle

Members say: Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Clever
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2 reviews
Members
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28 reviews
 

C.M.O.R.E. Festival presents an apartheid South Africa-set drama chronicling the friendship between two children as they navigate the tumultuous political landscape that separates them.

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Amelia and Andile first became friends when they were eight-years old. Now 10 years have passed, and they've become estranged. When the teenage Amelia and Andile are injured and suffer concussions at the exact same moment, they meet once again in each other's minds. Part of the second annual C.M.O.R.E. (Creating More Opportunity for Racial Equity) Festival.

 

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Reviews (30)

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84
Avg Score

90
Theatre is Easy

"The play muses on some profound issues including racial segregation in South Africa...Director Ali makes full use of the space and lifts Evans' poetic, dreamlike text off the page into a kaleidoscopic narrative...Gathesha and Harris, both dynamic performers, embody the vulnerability and strength that co-exist in every child. It’s impossible to look away from their magnetic chemistry on stage. 'Year of the Bicycle' is a bittersweet story that will keep you engaged and leave you wanting more." Full Review

75
NY Theatre Guide

"An energetic physical theatre piece that captures the exuberance of childhood imagination and the heady freedom when they play...Director Shariffa Ali has created an entire world with a few set pieces and finely executed performance moments...The two performers worked beautifully together to tell the story...Evans’ script has some lovely moments in it...It had a few moments of extreme cliché...It’s a brilliant start, but needs to plunge deeper, piercing the polite veneer." Full Review

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Avg Score

77
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Needs focus

See it if You want a short piece trying to connect/descibe the minds of 2 former/now comotose friends. A noble effort to haunt that nondescript land~

Don't see it if A loose, not well defined amorphic work taking place in child's minds and memory, would irk you. Don't look for finite answers... not there.

68
Enchanting

See it if You enjoy intimate experimental theatre looking back at childhood

Don't see it if You want a linear storyline based in reality.

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You enjoy smaller productions letting the cast use their (and your) imagination and making you think.

Don't see it if You're looking for spectacle or alot of laughs.

67
Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you like indie/experimental short films, then this is like its theater counterpart (small venue, less than an hr. long, 2 person cast, etc).

Don't see it if you like big productions/set/cast/etc. But the small venue makes it a more personal & absorbing experience- w/ help of your imagination.

Also the dialogue, though simple and engaging, still did not help much in e... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Great writing

See it if you enjoy unique idea's and unique ways to present them, you enjoy small venues, you can put yourself in an 8 year olds mind

Don't see it if you prefer full scale productions, you will feel put out over a shorter than usual performance, you have difficulty understanding accents

69
Engaging, Fine

See it if you have a love of South Africa. This work is compelling and touching. If you have ever spent time there, this will surely resonate.

Don't see it if you are bothered by mediocre South African accents. Andile's Xhosa is pretty good, but Amelia's accent was hard to get over.

88
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Heart-warming

See it if you like small theater, minimal staging & lots of imagination. With just a catering table & a bicycle wheel, two actors create a whole world

Don't see it if you aren't willing to open your heart and dive into the imaginary world of two 8-year-olds. Everything not clear-cut; lots of time shifting

Also A young white woman in South Africa finds herself alone after a tremen... Read more Read less

49
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Even at only 50 minutes, i thought this would never end

See it if Anything about the evil of apartheid in South Africa, however ineptly presented, is of great interest to you.

Don't see it if Like me, you find adult actors portraying 8 year old children as irritating as fingernails on a blackboard.

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy spare productions with not so great scripts. you like interesting take on interracial relations.

Don't see it if you have had enough interracial relationship stories, you don't like a work that seems in progress, not finished.

71
Enchanting, Confusing

See it if Great language, amazing acting, very cool stage pictures.

Don't see it if You're tired of inter-racial relationships being used as metaphorical fodder.

64
If this were a playwriting class, the instructor would say "nice draft," now come back to me with a play!

See it if intimate, decent acting, inventive staging, admirably try 2 show how black-white children's friendship transcends racism in 1997 S. Africa

Don't see it if experimental script bit of a mess; flashbacks from dead/broken teens (why?) 2 time of childhood friendship obscures potential strong story

72
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Spare drama about race relations and blend of metaphor and stark reality is your cup of tea.

Don't see it if A linear drama with an arc of plot development is necessary for your enjoyment of theater.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you appreciate experimental theatre with a socio-political theme, small but expert cast and minimalist set in small, in-the-round stage.

Don't see it if you cannot sit on cramped metal folding chairs for 50 minutes, prefer comedy or dislike plays about interracial male/female friendships

73
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky

See it if You're interested in a drama about a relationship between two children and the social pressures of South Africa in the 90s

Don't see it if If you are interested only in light musicals and dramas.

81
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre, exploring the intersection of race, class, gender in post-Apartheid South Africa, stellar actors

Don't see it if you prefer comedies, don't want to delve into heavy issues, like a straightforward narrative instead of fragments being pieced together

75
Original, Clever, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You want a no frills experience. The two actors are masterful at telling this story, and the plot is very unique with a powerful punch.

Don't see it if You prefer distance from the action, comfy seats, and fully realized productions. This show is minimal but the story shines

Also The plot can be a bit circuitous, and it took me a little while to und... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if You would like a powerful show, simply staged.

Don't see it if You need a linear plot and real clarity.

71
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if If you like experimental theater that is thought provoking and new, but sometimes confusing.

Don't see it if If you only like conventional theater

72
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like thought provoking non linear bare bones theater. Interested in interpersonal take on racial divide in South Africa

Don't see it if Want all the bells and whistles. If you want a straight forward narrative arc. Don't like to think about political / racial biases

51
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you like very short plays that require you to dig deep to figure out what is going on.

Don't see it if you want a story that is developed thoroughly and can be easily interpreted.

59
Ambitious, Intense, Confusing

See it if You like a small intimate setting and a short show. Interesting thought provoking topic.

Don't see it if You are expecting a big cast and a long evening.

85
Intense, cleverly staged, fine acting

See it if you enjoy a play that uses slender resources to paint a portrait of a relationship.

Don't see it if you are not interested or moved by impressionistic performance pieces

Also Make sure you read the synopsis beforehand and try to sit in the cente... Read more Read less

58
Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Intimate

See it if you like watching good performances in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you want to be able to follow the writing. High potential, but fat too much time spent in the character's childhoods. Not quite enough info

42
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like shows about the apartheid that only gloss over the subject.

Don't see it if You like shows that make you think.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You enjoy small- theater productions, something out of the ordinary and shows that make you think.

Don't see it if You don't have an imagination and don't care for plays that are not straight forward.