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RoosevElvis in Boston: the reviews are in!

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The Boston Globe:

“Funny, thoughtful, affecting…the excellent performances of actors Libby King and Kristen Sieh, and [Rachel] Chavkin’s clever direction, carry the day.”

WBUR The Artery:

“Strange, charming and highly likable…a straight-ahead, full-tilt voyage through man- (and woman-) hood.”

TheaterMania:

“Not your ordinary take on history or gender…[an] imaginative, theatrical collage.”

Boston Events Insider:

“Weirdly brilliant…surprisingly emotional…wildly entertaining.”

A limited number of seats and standing room have been released for our final 13 performances at A.R.T. Book now!

RoosevElvis London reviews are in!

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★★★★
“An exhilaratingly bumpy ride into the myth-making landscape of America…The pleasure is in the piece’s highly developed sense of the ridiculous…It’s a joyride into the construction of identity, and one with unexpected emotional resonance.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

★★★★
“Combines witty cultural literacy with a tender intimacy… anchored by two performances of enormous conviction – a technically dazzling one from Sieh and a subtle, profoundly emotional one from King that lays bare the soul of America as a land full of heroes that is also a very lonely place to be.”

The Telegraph

★★★★
“The juxtaposition of President and popstar encapsulates something vital about masculinity…Image is key too: the way we present to the world, the identities we construct online, and our failure to measure up to our sense of self or our sense of others. It is, amongst other things, one of the best portraits of depression I’ve ever seen.”

Matt Trueman, What’s On Stage

“Two brilliant comic performances, born from rigorous research and intense acts of gender-bending empathy, make this a surprisingly easy sell from the get-go…when a company as talented as The TEAM serve an all-you-can-eat-feast, it’s worth adjusting your waistband.”

Time Out London

Photo: Helen Murray

RoosevElvis Reviews Are In!

RoosevElvis is far too empathetic a play to lend itself to cold deconstruction…[It’s] the company’s most intimate work that I’ve seen, and also its warmest…a lot fresher than most new plays you’ll see this season.

“…researched to the teeth, [RoosevElvis] offers a spirited and insightful commentary on two archetypes of American masculinity, while finding teasing ambiguities within both that suggest that machismo is a shaky existential choice.”

– Ben Brantley, New York Times

“..More buoyant than theatrical material has any right to be…RoosevElvis‘s velocity sweeps us into gorgeous, buoyant nonsense without our noticing…The audience laughs—not with recognition or self-satisfaction, but with the purest kind of astonished delight.”

“This glorious show is strong precisely because it focuses, at long last, on individuals. It fully, totally revels in King’s gravelly, bourbon-soaked tones; it exploits to the last degree Sieh’s titanic comic gifts…Some astonishing scenes, several the best I’ve seen this year, are the result.”

– Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

“a stirring, absurd, and grandly human historical-cosplay road-trip fantasia…a big-hearted and affecting examination of that most American of faculties: imagining yourself as bigger, grander, and more, no matter how little you might be.”

Village Voice

The most awesome buddy comedy in American history…in typical TEAM fashion, it explores so much more, from the limits of hero worship to the impossible standards of masculinity in America, and all with thrilling athleticism and unfailing intelligence.”

– Theatermania

Command performance[s] by King and Sieh who carry the whole production by weaving in and out of their characters and counter-characters seamlessly…[they] deftly spar across the stage through historically biographical reflections and witty one liners.”

– Grace Moon, velvetparkmedia

Photo by Sue Kessler.

Mission Drift London Press

In June 2013, the TEAM took Mission Drift across the pond to The Shed, the National Theatre’s temporary theatrical space on the South Bank in London, where it was met with great enthusiasm and positive reviews. Check out what the London press had to say about Mission Drift and the TEAM:

“A theatrical tornado, and a sideways glimpse into America’s tarnished, weary soul.”

The Guardian

The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner also gave us this fantastic tweet immediately after the performance

Mission Drift @NationalTheatre is a thing of fierce skittering beauty, skewering capitalist expansion through story of desert mirage. #stage

“It’s thrilling, it’s explosive, it burns with the heat of flashing neon and sun-soaked desert sand.This is unapologetically exciting theatre.”

Exeunt Magazine

“American capitalism really is a mindfuck of a subject, and if you’re going to attempt to address its entire history in a couple of hours then you really need a mindfuck of a play…Mission Drift is a whirlwind of song and sound and surreal vignettes that conveys the dizzying mania of America’s rise with an energy that’s part sickening, part exhilarating.”

Time Out London

“Intelligent or indulgent, bold or bewildering? It’s probably all of them at times. The dizzying theatrical bravura of the piece, however, keeps you fascinated and on edge throughout.”

Mark Shenton, The Stage

A “ mesmerizing drift through the legend of the American ‘frontier’.”

Evening Standard

“A raunchy roster of songs that twist and subvert the diamante-studded Vegas vibe.”

The Independent 

“A riotous and wickedly enjoyable fable of the creation and destruction of the American Dream in Las Vegas.”

What’s On Stage

“Mission Drift gets under the skin of American capitalism, while dazzling with its expansive ambition. With this pulsing piece the TEAM has given the capital its most politically potent musical since London Road.”

National Theatre Review

“This is fiercely intelligent stuff.”

New Statesman

 

 

 

The TEAM on NPR!

During the final week of the Mission Drift run in New York City, Heather Christian and I went over to the NPR Studios. We were both extremely excited, but Heather can testify to the fact that my face almost shattered I was so giddy. With eyes wide we followed Margot Adler as she gave us a tour of the studio. Almost everyone was out to lunch, but it didn’t matter. I saw the desk of Robert Krulwich.  And we even waved at Zoe Chace and Chana Joffe-Walt from Planet Money.

We sat down with Margot and discussed the work, which she’d seen previously.

CLICK HERE to listen to the awesome story that she put together.

-Rachel

If you can make it there… a press roundup from New York

Here we are, a little past the halfway point of our 4-week NYC run.  If you haven’t seen the show yet, or are wondering what your opinion of the show should be, here’s a roundup of some of the things that have been written about Mission Drift so far in the New York City press:

Of all of the art inspired by the global economic crisis, perhaps none is as lusty and energetic as Mission Drift, the new musical by New York theater company the TEAM.

Drifting Into American Myth, The Wall Street Journal

Mission Drift…succeeds in staging a staggeringly ambitious saga.  The liveliest lesson on desire, destruction, and economics that you’ll see in many a year.

The Village Voice

There’s a lot about the company’s new project to take heedless, heady pleasure in… Pleasures aplenty.

The New York Times

Mission Drift examines heady concepts without ever losing its heart. Thanks to strong writing and powerful performances, the TEAM never forgets to have empathy for their subjects… Mission Drift captures the zeitgeist while daring to suggest hope for the future.

NYtheatre.com

An example of a theatre company at their most muscular, tackling what theatre should be tackling… to the hauntingly remarkable musical atmosphere of Heather Christian.

Exactly what I want the theatre to do to me: take me someplace I don’t know how to get to on my own.

New York Theatre Review

And a great little piece about the trials and tribulations during the genesis of Mission Drift in the New York Observer: After Three Years at Sea, the TEAM Drifts Home

 

 

 

 

Mission Drift is one of Time Out: New York’s “20 Shows to See” this Winter!

Mission Drift made the roundup of TONY’s suggestions for not-to-be-missed theatre shows this winter–right up there with Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Willie Loman and Kevin Spacey as Richard III.  We’ll take it.

One of New York’s premier troupes… The TEAM presents it’s latest theatrical brainstorm.

Time Out New York, “20 theatre shows to see this winter”

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Mission Drift Reviews cont.

“This is the perfect moment to welcome back to Edinburgh the young TEAM company of New York, with their mighty new show Mission Drift… brilliantly sustained by this whole eight-strong company of performers and creators, and cheered to the echo by an audience who know that America’s physical frontier has gone, but who can recognise the thrilling frontier of 21st-century theatre when they see it.”

The Scotsman, Edinburgh

“The best show I’ve seen at the Fringe so far by a country mile is this beautifully inventive show from New York’s The TEAM”

The Daily Telegraph, London

“The ambition here is breathtaking and the energy intoxicating. A must-see.”

The Independant, London

The Guardian: Mission Drift review

“There is more than a touch of The Wizard of Oz in a show that has a magpie eye for bright and shiny cultural references, an ebullient sense of fun and a broken heart… The company fulfil all their much-hyped promise in this gorgeous, gaudy musical.”

-The Guardian
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