The Hundred We Are OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 16, 2016
    Closing:
    April 8, 2016

    Theater: Cell Theatre / 338 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

    Synopsis: 

    In "The Hundred We Are," the stories of three women -- a young radical, a middle-aged housewife, and a clear-eyed world-traveler -- unexpectedly merge. Will they share the same fate of missing their true potential, or will they somehow reach beyond their individual limitations? The Post Script Journal called the play "surreal, playful and quietly devastating. It is about the multiplicity of the individual, the unreliable nature of memories and the lies we tell ourselves."

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Hundred We Are

    ‘The Hundred We Are’ Explores Aging and Delusion

    Ben Brantley

    March 25, 2016: In the annals of “the show must go on” stories, the New York production of the Swedish drama “The Hundred We Are” stands out for its gallantry. Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s original script, a portrait of a woman at war with her various selves, calls for a cast of three. The Origin Theater production, which runs through April 8 at the Cell in Chelsea, features four actresses, one of whom never speaks until the play’s final scene. Her lines are voiced instead by an interpolated character, identified in the program as Shadow, a character whose symbolic significance remains fuzzy at best. Audience members in search of enlightenment are advised to read the lengthy explanatory essay included in the program. In it Erwin Maas, the show’s director, says that “only days before opening, we arrived at a point of no return.” The problem, evidently, was that the eldest of the three actresses was having trouble remembering her lines. Mr. Maas writes: “I felt we had two options: 1. To try and hide the struggles most of us have, or will have, as we grow older, ie. Run away from them, like most do, or 2. to run toward these embarrassments, taboos, and this uncomfortable reality, and, instead, openly expose and address it.”

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