Street Children OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Robert Altman
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    December 2, 2016
    Closing:
    December 17, 2016

    Theater: New Ohio Theatre / 154 Christopher St, New York, New York, 10014

    Synopsis: 

    Set in NYC in the late 80's, Street Children explores the repression, romantic idealism and high cost of living experienced by the transgender and queer community of the lower Hudson piers. The story follows the intertwining journeys of three young characters who are reeling in the aftermath of their beloved street mother’s cruel murder. Ultimately, they must choose between the thrills and camaraderie of life as they know it, and the safety and stability of a quieter existence—albeit one potentially defined by isolation and ostracism.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Street Children

    Transgender ‘Street Children,’ Out on a Pier

    Charles Isherwood

    December 9, 2016: The characters in some plays — generally the not-so-good ones — leave your consciousness almost as soon as you leave the theater. Others stay a while, or never leave at all. I’m confident that the three central characters in “Street Children,” an affecting and saucily funny new play by Pia Scala-Zankel, about transgender youth living on the harsh streets of New York in the 1980s, will remain with me for good. But also, given the dark turns their lives take, for not-so-good. The play, a Vertigo Theater Company production at the New Ohio Theater, might be called a dysfunctional family drama, that staple of American stages. But the family here is not blood-tied, rather a collection of young people who style themselves the “House of Diamonte” and compete in the vogueing balls that were, thanks to Madonna and the documentary “Paris Is Burning,” briefly in vogue a few decades back. The ample cast occasionally strikes poses, and there is one exuberant dance break (spectacularly performed by Tamara Williams, who with MJ Rodriguez provided the choreography). But mostly the show concentrates on the scrappy lives of the characters, some of whom spend much of their time selling their bodies on a pier just off Christopher Street, once a seedy refuge for those on the fringe.

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