Definition of Man

dance & physical theatre · xx and xy · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States of America

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MARCUS J FREED certified reviewer · June 09, 2017
Beautiful! Nikki Muller & Jason Rosario deftly combine lyric poetry with physical theatre, taking you into a Dystopian future where the last two people on earth explore the meaning of love and the nature of relationships. Nikki's exquisite writing has hints of Pirandello, echoes of Beckett, and uses her wide-ranging literary and philosophical knowledge to present a script that is tight, engaging and thought-provoking. The company's ingenious use of the space lifts the production further, with a sparse, cardboard-box-floored set that contrasts the material poverty of the future world with the incredible wealth of the two characters' minds, a kind of post-Eden state where they are simply called XX & XY. 'Definition of Man' deserves a Pi... full review

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RACHEL LOCKHART certified reviewer · June 09, 2017
A beautiful conversation about what is means to be a human being and how we struggle to understand that. ... full review

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MATT RITCHEY certified reviewer · June 03, 2017
What is the nature of humanity when there is no more humanity? Can our personal fears and relationship insecurities stop us from connecting even when there's only one person left to connect to? How can you trust someone to help bear your weight when they may not be able to bear their own? These are some of the questions explored in a truly impressive movement/character piece featuring great performances and effective staging. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I first sat down, but by the end of "Act One," I got it and the show took off and got real deep real fast - I was expecting the ending to... well, let's just say that the performances and story were so intense that some serious carnality occurring on stage wouldn't have shocked... full review

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CORINNE MESTEMACHER certified reviewer · June 03, 2017
tagged as: moving · impressive · inspiring
This show was so much better than I thought it would be. As a person who is not into experimental or "transcendent" theatre, I'll admit I was hesitant to show up to something that was labeling itself as 'immersive'. However, I'm so glad I showed up! What can I say other than the fact that this was the most interesting show I'm seen in a while. I'm pretty judgemental, but I'll be damned if I wasn't right in the center of the action with the characters feeling and thinking with them. This show invites you to think about humanity as we have developed through the years, but doesn't try to force any bias down your throat. So interesting and intriguing. PS- Both of the actors' are phenomenal and will have you rooting for them the whole time! Don't... full review

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TRICIA AURAND · June 04, 2017
A chaotic, provocative tumult of philosophy and movement, Definition of Man left me feeling shaken and wanting more. Between the breathless balancing acts on which this show hinges, I felt spoken to directly, and that in itself is a tremendous feat.... full review

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PAYDEN ACKERMAN · June 05, 2017
Definition of Man is many things: a love story, a movement piece, a poem, a philosophical treatise. Most of all, itโ€™s a reflection of humanity. And itโ€™s truly extraordinary.... full review

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LAURA WILEY certified reviewer · June 07, 2017
A powerful, moving show that explores gender norms and challenges societial expectations. Truly an intense theater experience, and one worth venturing. My favorite part was the physicality, including the beautiful dance elements and the more heated moments of the show. This show dares to go where others are afraid to, and pushes boundaries that will make you think. Brava!... full review

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ED GOODMAN certified reviewer · June 25, 2017
Pick of the Fringe for me. Fearless in conception and execution. Nikki Muller is insanely talented and Jason Rosario is more than able to match her energy and power. I'm so glad I got to see this show. The physicality is fantastic but it's the language, in short, it's what these two are talking about (you, by the way), that sets this one apart. You're all over this thing. So, go see yourself go through it. ... full review

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RACHAEL GARCIA · June 08, 2017
I was truly blown away. The mixture of thought-provoking writing, themes of identity, expectations, loss of self and relationships, & beautiful physical theater gave me the feels. Intense and uncomfortable in the best way.... full review

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NICK RUBANDO · June 03, 2017
tagged as: informative · amazing · movement
I knew absolutely nothing coming in to this performance, and I am so glad I did. Arrive as a blank canvas, ready to learn, feel, and experience some phenomenal theatre. I will say no more about this Immersive movement piece other than go, just go! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ‘... full review

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