In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
November 12, 2010
Closing:
December 11, 2010

Theater: The Irondale Center / 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11217

Synopsis: 

The infamous Atlantic Avenue railway yards are located two blocks away from the theater where The Civilians will tell the story of Brooklyn's controversial land development project. The Civilians' lively presentation of theater, dance, and music takes its inspiration from interviews with the real life players in the story of Brooklyn: residents both old and new, community activists, developers, local business owners, politicos, and many others.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards

    A Brooklyn Civics Lesson, Offered in Word and Song

    Charles Isherwood

    November 23, 2010: As subjects for musical comedy go, it would be hard to fathom anything less promising than the legal intricacies of the concept of eminent domain. Or, for that matter, the socioeconomic diversity of the crazy quilt of Brooklyn neighborhoods. The great Stephen Sondheim himself might find it tricky work to make lyrical magic of the relationships among the various civic entities charged with approving land-use deals in New York City.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards

    In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards

    Chris Kompanek

    November 23, 2010: The Civilians are known for crafting docu-musical theater works that explore complex issues, mining grey areas to create nuanced portraits of born-again Christians and porn stars alike. Their often-compelling new show, In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards, at the Irondale Center, charts the struggle of residents and businesses to fight real estate developer Bruce Ratner from seizing their property under the eminent domain law. While the show features actors portraying Ratner, mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the focus is clearly on the other side.

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