The Gentrification Cycle

ensemble theatre · samovar subway ensemble · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by anonymous

June 18, 2016 certified reviewer

What I liked

Really liked the absurdity of it all without it being so esoteric you couldn’t follow (or it feeling pretentious). Across the board good performances. Gives you a lot to think about.

What I didn't like

I don’t know. I enjoyed the two one-acts. Maybe a little clearer as to some of the meanings of the pieces but that’s really the playwright’s discretion (obviously). I’d rather things be oblique than obvious.

My overall impression

Enjoyed it. I like that the playwright had the confidence to create two very different one acts with similar themes instead of feeling he needed to make them all of one larger piece. There’s something to be said for someone who understands the audience and respects their intelligence enough not to belabor a point. It’s less than an hour in total and that’s really good. I’ve gone to shows in the festival that are somewhat self-indulgent and never seem to end. This was enjoyable, never seemed long and gave you something(s) to think about. It’s better than “pretty good” but I feel “amazing” is overused. How about very good? Somewhere between amazing and pretty good.

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