The Courtroom

The Courtroom NYC Reviews and Tickets

(10 Ratings)
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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. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (10)

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1166 Reviews | 464 Followers
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. Read more

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
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

124 Reviews | 23 Followers
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 Read more

240 Reviews | 41 Followers
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.

457 Reviews | 101 Followers
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. Read more

1107 Reviews | 377 Followers
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.

34 Reviews | 7 Followers
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

12 Reviews | 1 Follower
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"

Critic Reviews (1)

The New York Times
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 into the Obama years, transcending party and thus more broadly implicating the nation."
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