Ambitious Relevant Unique Great music Totally refreshing
See it if You're up for a fresh & different theatrical evening. Timely questions abound about the nature of time, life, ethics & the American Dream.
Don't see it if You don't want to engage, expect a storyline or traditional scripted play; or dislike having to think.
The New York Times simply doesn't get it.
With scripted set-pieces, improv, constant engagement with the audience & tweaking the show each night in response to audience votes & reactions, The Great American Drama is a unique piece of theatre that essentially attempts to induce Mindfulness, reflection and social consciousness on a grand scale.
Be Here Now. In the moment, in the present; this moment, this present; this theatre, with these performers, these people around you. Individuals all. It's an audacious premise & attempt, usually the stuff of Zen Enlightenment and Satori.
Appropriate, since theatre, like life, is always current, in the present, in the now. It’s a difficult bit of mindfulness to maintain, but deconstructing the theatrical experience thus succeeds in reminding us what it is to be human.
The talented, collaborative cast — led by and written by creator Conner Sampson, Daniel McCoy, Katy-May Hudson and Nicole Hill, and with terrific songs and music throughout by singer/composer LiJie — wastes no time in setting up the evening as an attempt, with the audience, to create the perfect show, the perfect American Drama, through persistence & work, a paradigm for the Great American Dream.
For some time — and even more especially now — that Dream has become ever more an American myth, unattainable or at least unlikely for most. This show, however, through work, persistence, focus and the joy of inquiry, of just asking the right questions, succeeds every night for those open enough to simply accept and be present.
It's a neat trick, a pretty great achievement and much fun. Go.