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"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
"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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.