Maya Avisar of the Alliance of Alien Artists assesses BORDERS
As we approach a new decade, there is definitely a sense of change in the theatre scene. More diversity, more representation and more accuracy towards our present and current events, lead to original material that is more relatable than ever to the millennial audience.
Borders, by Nimrod Danishman, presented by Dirty Laundry Theatre, tells the story of two young men who encounter over the popular app Grindr.
At the beginning of the play we meet Boaz (played by Eli M Schoenfeld), an Israeli man visiting his parents in the Kibbutz. The other man, George (played by Adrian Rifat), is in Lebanon – just across the border. The first scene is as charming as the situation can get – when the horny Boaz expects George to meet him that night, just to find out he cannot even enter the country of Israel, being a Lebanese man.
As the play goes on, the perfectly-told story leads us to fall in love with both men, finding similarities which are easy to relate to in both storylines, such as patriotism, the desire to be accepted as who you are, cultural differences and complicated love. The story is truly making us, as the audience, wish for a happy ending.
As for the creative and unique concept, the play itself is written as it is all happening on Grindr. We hear the actors read their texts out loud, which gives an interesting sight into what we think we sound like when we write our texts, including our use of emojis, and sometimes even sexsting (sex-texting). I think the best example for this perfect use of texts as a script is the scene where Boaz and George try sexting, and we as the audience burst out laughing along with the characters as we see this is not working for them.
It is well seen that Michael R. Piazza did a spectacular direction job on this play. Taking such an original concept and making it into something we can understand, follow and be mesmerized by, is truly a work of art. You can truly feel the creative eye of a man on this piece – which I believe was a good choice on behalf of producer Maera Daniel Hagage (who is also the Founding Artistic Director of Dirty Laundry Theatre). Balancing the male point of view as an assistant director is Avigaïl Bryger.
In short, it is to summarize that Borders is an exciting new piece of theatre brought to the United States – and should be seen by as many audiences as possible, both men and women, inside the LGBTQ+ community and out, for which it can capture the hearts of many with the subject matter being so easily relatable.
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