To Protect the Poets (FringeNYC)
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To Protect the Poets (FringeNYC)
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To Protect the Poets (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(22 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
5%
Negative
4%
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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Absorbing

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: A poet and her principles collide with a policeman's sense of justice when Mac, whose life is books and ideas, falls in love with Jab, a detective enraged at a killer's cold indifference.

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Absorbing, Great acting, Great direction, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want to experience a good ensemble cast; relevant, serious subject matter; a heartfelt, sensitive love story; choices and reprecussions.

Don't see it if you're looking for light fare subject matter.

67
Cliched, Slow, Overrated, Funny, Romantic

See it if You are interested in an opposites-attract story with a secondary story of murder and morality. There is a fair amount of humor interspersed

Don't see it if You do not like political and moral discussions of police brutality in a black-and-white stance. The play isn't profound or explorative

Critic Reviews (6)

Time Out New York
August 17th, 2016

"'To Protect the Poets' is halfway there. When Doble focuses on the romantic longings of a lonely police detective and his equally shy and awkward girlfriend his play is touching and entertaining...But scenes involving a rapist-killer’s heartless crime, and the cop’s impassioned but lawless reaction to it, play like a first draft of a middling 'Law & Order' episode; the zingers are often vulgar and seldom very funny, and the dialogue rings false...The play is far better at love than at murder."
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TheaterScene.net
August 21st, 2016

"'To Protect the Poets' shows how readily lines can be crossed when 'street justice' is employed, instead of the judicial system. This first-rate, timely and intelligent play is a just representation of how two people who love each other deal with violent crimes against women and police brutality."
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Theatre is Easy
August 22nd, 2016

“John Doble’s characters are masterfully written...Never does a character’s growth or change read as a deliberate writer’s choice, but instead as an inevitable consequence of the circumstances. The latter is obviously helped both by Alberto Bonilla’s clean and sharp direction and by having the text be supported by a stellar cast. Each cast member brings something unique; their talents play a major part in creating the intrinsically layered world in which this story takes place.”
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CurtainUp
August 15th, 2016

"Playwright John Doble pursues ethical questions with admirable zeal...The production, efficiently directed by Bonilla, includes a few sequences of believable emotion, which may be credited primarily to the sensitive, well-calibrated performances...But those moments are frequently undercut by dialogue riddled with movie-of-the-week banalities...Doble is fortunate in his cast and director; but, with or without this particular group of performers, the play deserves further work and a future life."
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Theater In The Now
August 15th, 2016

“It's part police procedural and part '90s sitcom that never really intertwines. It causes tonal confusion on the part of Doble and director Alberto Bonilla...Isgro and Murray are two very different actors. With their chemistry lacking, ‘The Poets’ never was really ever able to take off…‘The Poets’ has a message we have heard far too often. But the execution of said message was a bit amiss. In a sea of politically driven pieces, ‘To Protect the Poets’ sadly sinks.”
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How To Make It As An Actor
August 17th, 2016

“A play about the ethical dilemma of whether we are ever justified to take justice into our own hands...The play manages to explore a painful, heart-wrenching topic (violent rape and homicide), followed by long moral questioning and all this heaviness was balanced wit laughter and moments of true emotion...If you enjoy grappling with moral dilemmas, and if you want to see a modern rendition of Romeo and Juliet then ‘To Protect the Poets’ may just be what you’re looking for.”
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