Other Than We
By Andrew Andrews
Every time I watch a play by Shakespeare, I have difficulty following the first few scenes, as I acclimate to the rhythm and dialect of the speakers.
Similarly, I struggled with the rather cryptic, patterned dialog at the beginning of this performance. I felt as though I’d found the answer to the question, "What would the Bard’s work be like if he was writing today, and obsessed with a dystopian future instead of the lives of royals and nobles?"
The play gradually became less experimental as the plot thickened, and I was able to follow along. My interest grew as the performance morphed into a low-budget, sci-fi thriller with a minimalist set.
The last scene unexpectedly becomes the most experimental part of the entire show, with an emphasis on costume, lighting and mythology that was otherwise absent from the production.
In the hands of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, this story could easily become a great saga, along the lines of Lord of the Rings or Planet of the Apes.
As it stands, the script could use a bit of thinning out. More importantly, a decision should be made to abandon the half-hearted attempt at being avant garde.
By focusing on its strong and accessible science-fiction core, Other Than We could be made into a high-budget blockbuster movie that people would obsess over for generations to come.
Andrew Andrews attended Other Than We at La MaMa Downstairs in New York on Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 7:00pm to write this review.