Definition of Man

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

world premiere
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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
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
CORINNE MESTEMACHER certified reviewer June 03, 2017
tagged as: inspiring · impressive · moving
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
TRICIA AURAND uncertified reviewer 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
PAYDEN ACKERMAN uncertified reviewer June 05, 2017
Definition of Man is many things: a love story, a movement piece, a poem, a philosophical treatise. Most of all, it’s a reflection of humanity. And it’s truly extraordinary.... full review
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
RACHAEL GARCIA uncertified reviewer 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
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
BRIAN WALLIS uncertified reviewer June 09, 2017
My favorite of the Fringe so far. An amazing look at the constant state of the human condition. Poetic without being pretentious. Intelligent without being excessively challenging. Thought provoking, yet still relatable. Then with an amazingly impressive layer of physicality added on top. I truly can't recommend this show enough. ... full review
MARIAN GONZALEZ certified reviewer June 09, 2017
A celebration of the wonder and terror of being human. When all you've got left is each other, what to do but examine who you were. There are a million little moments from this show that I'll keep revisiting and savoring, like a nourishing stew. From physical moments like the two characters forming thrones for each other. To lines that went straight to the core of my heart, as though there was a pre-made slot for them.... full review