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The Courtroom

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the show

Waterwell presents this world premiere production, a re-enactment of deportation proceedings. With text arranged from real court transcripts, this unique production will play performances in four different venues.  More…

In 2004, an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a U.S. Citizen came to this country on a K3 Visa. After inadvertently registering to vote at the DMV in Chicago, receiving a voter registration card in the mail, and voting, her removal proceeding was set in motion. It began in Immigration Court and her case was eventually heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

For more information including venues and showtimes, consult Waterwell's website.

Member Reviews (10)


Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent
Avg Score

Well acted, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you'd like a real deportn/Homeld Sec case. You'll root for respondent! Actual transcripts used. USA oath is given; moving. A bit repetitive.

Don't see it if you want a more political case. Same idea in De Novo, w higher stakes (yg man seeks asylum, is deported, killed). Free tickets, nice church.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an oddly intense and entertaining social studies class. Great actors bring what could be a dry transcript to life.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the law or legal proceedings or how this immigration case is so relevant to our society today.

Also On the surface this “should” be as interesting as jury duty but it wor... Read more Read less

Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Dramatic enactment of an actual immigration deportation hearing (via illegal voting) Slow turning "wheels of justice" very much on display

Don't see it if Interesting yet dry presentation until an appeal court presided by the incandescent Kathleen Chalfant & legal fireworks! Emotional ending

Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Patriotic, Well meaning

See it if You want to hear the dry reading of courtroom transcripts. Over simplified case that clearly was over reaction on the part of Homeland.

Don't see it if You want drama.

Also Everything seemed a bit tentative---Really? Jennifer Ehle, you have ne... Read more Read less

Intriguing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like true stories. It was a reenactment of a real (deportation) court case.

Don't see it if actual events don't interest you.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Moving, Educational, Fascinating

See it if to learn more about civil vs crime courts, an educational and moving experience that is relevant to us all, concerned about immigration law

Don't see it if I don't see why you shouldn't see it, I guess if you are not interested in politics at all or have no desire to learn about immigration

Also This is what we all should have seen as a part of our education in the... Read more Read less

Intense, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an exquisitely delivered re-enactment of actual deportation preceedings

Don't see it if you want fiction

Relevant, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you've ever wondered if theater does enough to make a difference in the world.

Don't see it if You need a fast-paced ride with spectacle. This is not that (which is part of what makes it so great).

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You're interested in real stories about real people and real debate surrounding our legal system

Don't see it if You want something "Fun"

Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Masterful

See it if you like topical plays about current events

Don't see it if you like well-staged, intricate plays

February 6th, 2019
"A verbatim performance of court transcripts...As the piece follows Elizabeth from one to another, what is most palpable is the suspense — how deeply invested the audience becomes in the future of this gentle woman...Elizabeth’s case begins during the George W. Bush administration and stretches i...
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