Particularly in the Heartland Press Reactions

“Explosive youthful energy…sheer intelligence…sense of history…radical theatricalvision…the TEAM are not afraid to invoke the values and ideas that make the liberal dream of America worth fighting for: and it’s that willingness to express idealism and hope, as well as cynicism and despair, that gives their work its special richness, and its political edge…the current American crisis has driven the TEAM to new heights of controlled madness.”

The Scotsman

“For anyone who has had it up to their Fox-scarred eyeballs with faith-based politics…Director Rachel Chavkin has a prescription…Particularly in the Heartland wants you to love thy frickin’ neighbor… the spirited TEAM soon explodes into the unexpected: They create people real enough to sustain an in-character audience Q&A and compassionate enough to infect a blasé public with their openheart- edness. Simultaneously intelligent, rueful, celebratory, delightful and devastatingly sad,the show actually lives up to its ambitions. If after Heartland we can’t put the “us” back in “U.S.,” we’ll no longer have Kansas to blame.”

– Time Out New York

Particularly in the Heartland, this weekend’s offering Ice Factory, Soho Think Tank’s annual summer festival, makes a particularly strong case for the virtues and rewards of new theater. Created and performed by the shockingly talented ensemble, the TEAM, winners of the 2005 Fringe First Awards in Edinburgh, the piece is unconventionaldrama at its very best.”

– The New York Sun

“The passion and acrobatic energy of the young performers – their shifts from swinging each other about, singing, throwing eggs, joking, emoting, inviting audience participation – infuses the show with a sense of ambition.”

The New York Times

“Rachel Chavkin’s production uses a constant rapid accumulation of infantile glee to break down ideological inhibitions, and interrogates its audience with a charm that no ogre could resist. Perfectly performed, aesthetically and politically complex this is – for this reviewer – the most profound and complete night at the theatre of the festival so far.”
– The List

“The TEAM, the company behind this marvelous piece of work, excels at creating a fully realized theatrical world that has its own powerful internal logic…the piece’s surreal storyline fizzes with vivid imagery, intellect, and mischief…This is life affirming stuff,and theatre to cherish.”

– Metro

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