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17 Border Crossings
Off Broadway, New York Theatre Workshop

Reviewed by Shani R. Friedman

BOTTOM LINE: Thaddeus Phillips takes the audience across the globe through a series of eye-opening, funny, and riveting encounters.

For a performance about modern day borders, it may seem odd that Thaddeus Phillips takes the stage in a burst of fog to recite the St. Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V. But as he points out, Shakespeare dramatizes the idea that King Henry V invented the passport: "Let him depart; his passport shall be made." Phillips then provides a brief history of this curious document...

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