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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The Pain of My Belligerence
(Off Broadway, Playwrights Horizons)
Review by Lexi Orphanos

BOTTOM LINE: In the 8 years spanning our past two election cycles, a self-sabotaging woman is victimized by both the patriarchy and a dumpster-fire relationship.

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(Off Broadway, Public Theater)
Review by Regina Robbins

BOTTOM LINE: A feast for those who get off on debate and ancient history, but a letdown for those seeking theatrical adventurousness.

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The Mother
(Off Broadway, Atlantic Theater)
Review by Ken Kaissar

BOTTOM LINE: An excellent performance by French film star Isabelle Huppert, in a fine drama that blends absurdist elements with menacing comedy.

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(Off Broadway, Nuage Productions)
Review by Asya Gorovits

BOTTOM LINE: An immersive piece combines dance and spoken word in a Jung-esque meditation on dreams.

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Life Sucks.
(Off Broadway, Wheelhouse Theatre Company at The Wild Project)
Review by Linda Buchwald

BOTTOM LINE: There have been a lot of Uncle Vanyas this theater season, but Life Sucks is a welcome addition.

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The Way We Get By
(Off Off Broadway, Urban Stages Theater)
Review by Adrienne Urbanski

BOTTOM LINE: This spirited and enthralling revival does justice to LaBute's clever quip-filled script.

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