Tribes OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • NY POST

  • TIME OUT

  • AP

  • NY 1

Opening Night:
March 4, 2012
Closing:
January 6, 2013

Theater: Barrow Street Theatre / 27 Barrow Street, New York, NY, 10014

Synopsis: 

In Tribes, Billy was born deaf, into a hearing family, and raised inside the fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect cocoon of his parent's house. He has adapted brilliantly to his family's unconventional ways, but they've never bothered to return the favor. It's not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood. Yes, Billy's family can hear, but will they ever listen?

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Tribes

    World of Silence and Not Listening

    Ben Brantley

    March 4, 2012: Have you heard? Are you listening to me? What did you just say? Most of us ask variations on those questions at least a dozen times a day. But it’s unlikely that they vibrate with the resonance they acquire in Nina Raine’s “Tribes,” a smart, lively and beautifully acted new play that asks us to hear how we hear, in silence as well as in speech.

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  • NY POST REVIEW OF Tribes

    All signs point to ‘Tribes’

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    March 4, 2012: There’s so much going on in the new off-Broadway show “Tribes” that it’s almost overwhelming: intellect and sentiment, love and cruelty, witty zingers and biting put-downs. But in Nina Raine’s dazzling play, too much is a good thing.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF Tribes

    Review: Tribes

    Adam Feldman

    March 4, 2012: Short reviews seldom permit mention of sound design, but no discussion of Tribes would be complete without a nod to Daniel Kluger’s exquisite aural landscape. The physical elements of David Cromer’s in-the-round production at the Barrow Street Theatre are all top-shelf (starting with Scott Pask’s impeccably specific set), but sound plays an especially important role, because Nina Raine’s domestic drama is centrally concerned with cacophony.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Tribes

    'Tribes,' Off-Broadway Play, Tells Story Of A Deaf Son Struggling To Be Heard

    Peter Santilli

    March 5, 2012: A family dinner in the beginning of Nina Raine's "Tribes" tells the audience all it needs to know about the crisis of understanding that plagues the characters in this bright and boldly provocative drama.

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  • NY1 REVIEW OF Tribes

    NY1 Theater Review: "Tribes"

    Roma Torre

    March 14, 2012: Within families, often the unspoken is louder than any uttered words. Nina Raine's exquisite play "Tribes" examines the dynamic among members of a highly verbal family who are seemingly deaf to one another.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Tribes

    NY Review: 'Tribes'

    Erik Haagensen

    March 4, 2012: What a pleasure it is to encounter Nina Raine's distinctive comedy-drama "Tribes." This story of what happens to a fiercely intellectual, relentlessly competitive, "conventionally unconventional" (as one character puts it) English family when its youngest member, the sweet-natured Billy, who is deaf, steps into his maturity is ruthlessly unsentimental and well observed. Under the doesn't-miss-a-trick direction of the excellent David Cromer, a superb six-person cast mines every ounce of humor and feeling in this enthralling new work.

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  • NY THEATRE REVIEW OF Tribes

    Tribes

    Martin Denton

    March 1, 2012: Tribes made me excited about New York theatre again; I haven't been this knocked out by a play in a long time—maybe not since Our Town opened at Barrow Street Theatre under the direction of David Cromer. Tribes is at the Barrow Street, directed by Cromer. Coincidence? I think not.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Tribes

    Tribes

    Brian Scott Lipton

    March 5, 2012: The challenges of communication come through loud and clear in British dramatist Nina Raine's affecting if slghtly overstuffed play Tribes, now receieving a beautifully acted production under the sure-handed direction of David Cromer at the Barrow Street Theatre.

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