"Thoughts No One Asked For"
Anna's impressions of theater in NYC
The Jungle @ St. Anne's Warehouse
Just do yourself a favor and go SEE THIS DAMN SHOW.
I took my partner to see this with me, and after years of living in NYC and seeing all manner of productions we agreed that the top 2 shows we've seen are:
To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway with Jeff Daniels
SET: This show is immersive: meaning much of the audience sits at tables in a recreated restaurant, and the actors walk, dance, motorcycle on the tops of those tables. Think elevated runway. You enter the completely surrounding "restaurant" set via a spherical dome that was directly transported from a refugee camp that was bulldozed by the French Authorities in 2015. That is the place and time you are about to experience.
I recommend sitting on the "cushion" seats that line the interior walls- if you're physically able to manage getting down, then up again, off the floor. They're cheapest, and you get to enjoy the show more at eye level instead of looking up.
Our own worldwide negligence dealing with refugee populations.
What it means to live alongside those who speak, worship and come from places you have NO experience with.
What true compassion looks like on the smallest scale, and how often authorities express none of it.
The performances were absolutely excellent across the board. But you'll find the narrator and the restauranteur the most harrowingly beautiful. This show is the best example of layered dialogue I've ever witnessed - meaning two or three conversations can happen at once and you're never confused or disoriented by it. It just serves to make the silences all the more effective.
Not one moment wasted. Funny, Heartfelt, Horrifying, Vulnerable, Scarring, and Resurrecting. Donate or buy a cookbook after to help their cause- we have all got to do better when the tired, poor, huddled masses show up at our doorstep.
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Anna Rebek enjoys seeing LOTS of theater and opera in NYC. This blog is a safe space for her praise, deconstruct, and wrestle with her impressions leaving the theater. Whether Anna loved it or not- she maintains the greatest respect for those creating new worlds and telling stories that matter.