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  1. Avatar Geoffrey Clow
    July 7, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    Expectations for Tribes were set too high, by the culled reviews of London and New York productions and the convincing online interview with the author Nina Raine. In the event, the Playhouse production was very good (given the material), but the play itself came across as a draft work in progress. The themes were crudely conveyed and then undeveloped. The characters were caricatured stereotypes placed in violent collision with inadequate exploration of most sources of conflict. The numerous themes and troubled characters provide the kernel for several good literary works; instead, we have a single sophomoric hodgepodge.

    Nonetheless, if I were faced with a similar choice again, I would attend such a play again. Of the six Playhouse productions this season, Tribes had the most potential for great theatre. But such potential is infrequently met and necessitates risk. One must attend a lot of Tribes to find one Iliad (a production that I attended twice last season in the same theatre), for example.

    Your review was incisive, hitting many points for the author and the director to consider.

    I especially enjoyed your line “She … tentatively picks out Debussy’s ‘Claire de Lune,’ as if saying goodbye to each note.” Thank you.


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