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We Are Not These Hands

ensemble theatre · rogue machine at the met · Ages 18+ · United States of America

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Review by EDWARD GOODMAN

June 25, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

The language and its deficiencies was a high point for me. I like that we were thrown in this post-meltdown world and had to pay attention to keep up. Nobody’s slowing down to make sure we understand the scavengers either in language or motivation. The world they spend all their time surviving is twisted and bent, a desolate conclusion to the slide we’re currently on. And then out of nowhere comes this “freelance scholar” who can speak English but has a hard time finishing sentences. Also, we don’t spend anytime explaining or moralizing about how or why the world has changed so radically. We just see that it is and these characters must survive it. The three actors were all great, delivering fast, broken lines with precision. The script is great.

I’d see this play again. Love is at the center of this thing and, while we’re not all together sure that it’s exactly pure or “right,” this play strips away all the distractions and luxuries of our addictions and leaves little more than the interaction of humans as its core subject.

What I didn't like

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My overall impression

A wonderful immersion into a strange world.

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