The Year of the Bicycle
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The Year of the Bicycle
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The Year of the Bicycle NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(28 Reviews)
Positive
61%
Mixed
32%
Negative
7%
Members say
Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Quirky

About the Show

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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Member Reviews (28)

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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

73
Clever, Ambitious, 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.

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

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

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
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Absorbing, 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.

49
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, 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.

88
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, 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 Read more

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

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.

Critic Reviews (2)

Theatre is Easy
April 27th, 2017

"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."
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NY Theatre Guide
April 18th, 2017

"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."
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