Kill Move Paradise OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 3, 2017
    Closing:
    June 25, 2017

    Theater: National Black Theatre / 2031Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10035

    Synopsis: 

    Set in an unearthly place, Kill Move Paradise follows Isa, Daz, Grif and Tiny as they try to make sense of their new paradise while confronting the reality of their past in the world they have been ripped from. Kill Move Paradise takes the Elysium of Greek antiquity and flips the script. Inspired by recent events, Kill Move Paradise is an expressionistic buzz saw through the contemporary myth that "all lives matter.” It is a portrait of the slain, not as degenerates who deserved death but as heroes who demand that we see them for the splendid beings they are.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Kill Move Paradise

    Kill Move Paradise

    Ben Brantley

    June 11, 2017:

    Many emotions vie for dominance among the young men living in limbo in Kill Move Paradise, the bleak and beautiful new drama by James Ijames at the National Black Theater in Harlem. Fear, rage, disgust, helplessness, a sardonic amusement and a sorrow beyond tears — these responses ebb and flow in a seemingly unending cycle during the show’s time-bending 80 minutes.

    But the feeling that overwhelms all others is an unfathomable incredulity. How, but how, could these men possibly have ended up where they are? The specific moments that propelled them here are at first hazy, if not blank, in their memories. But even when recollection returns, the astonished bewilderment remains.

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