No Joke

comedy · nojoke · Ages 12+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by anonymous

June 24, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

I loved the simplicity of the story paired with the complexity of the subject matter. Gina is brilliant at commenting on the paradoxical nature of the U.S.A’s current stance on immigrants in a way that does not close anyone off from the conversation. I loved the performances given by the immigrant characters, both of whom draw from their own experiences as minorities in this country.

The production value of this show is so perfect though it is very simple. I loved the stage decoration using pallets to symbolize a prison atmosphere, the pre-show sounds and speech that also correlated with the show and all the prerecorded sounds that were incorporated effortlessly.

This show gave the audience just enough information in the short 30 minutes to have food for thought for a long time afterward. Definitely a great show to see with a perfect ticket price.

What I didn't like

Maybe this was on purpose (and if so, I see the point of it) but I wished that Madison’s character was less stereotypical. I see where the writer and director may have wanted to create a caricature of the worst possible, ignorant, millenial American girl, and although she was frustratingly annoying and impossibly daft, the unsuspecting ignorant Americans are the ones who can be the most terrifying.

I’m torn however because I did like the stark contrast between Madison’s on-the-nose, hyperactive, patriotic display compared to the rich, grounded and authentic characters. I liked both approaches to the character development (and Madison’s character was entertaining and well-acted) but I felt like Madison and then Sofia and Lorenzo were characters from two different plays.

My overall impression

An intriguing short show that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about immigration. Incredible writing and a powerful social message. A must see!

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