Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Eclipsed

From 571 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

The Public Theater presents the Broadway transfer of 'Eclipsed.' Set in 2003 during the Liberian civil war, it is the story of four captive wives of a rebel officer. Starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. More…

Amid the chaos of the Liberian civil war, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community–until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Faced with a hostile world, the women must find and test their inner strength.

2h 15m | Already closed | The John Golden Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (571)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing
88
Avg Score

70
Ambitious, Intense, Slow, Unusual, Relevant

See it if you like to expand your horizons.The setting is harrowing, but the women are familiar. Plotting is spotty, but the overall effect is strong.

Don't see it if you get upset by dark, painful stories. The heavy accents can be hard to decipher. Many of the jokes are too easy.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like great acting and stories that are serious and help you understand what's happening in the world.

Don't see it if You're looking for a simple fun night. This is a serious piece of work.

83
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a master class in acting.

Don't see it if War and rape as topics make you uneasy.

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you want to see some fine acting in a very well-written play that proves that the theatre still has the power to challenge and stir.

Don't see it if you have a weak stomach for violence. (Although I think this is a play everyone should see, despite the difficulty of the subject matter.)

92
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound, Intense

See it if you're interested in a show with an important message, great writing, or masterful performances. This is a heavy show with humor mixed in.

Don't see it if you'd rather see a light-hearted, feel-good spectacle.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Resonant

See it if You want to see a fine new playwright's work about an important subject that's incredibly well acted.

Don't see it if You're not interested in darker fare dealing with tough subject matter.

91
Great staging, Great acting, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an excellent ensemble piece. Fantastic acting.

Don't see it if You want to see something light. It is about a serious topic although there are some humorous moments. Not for kids.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a fine ensemble portraying a memorable group of Liberian women living under terrible conditions.

Don't see it if you like your theater light and fluffy.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you're interested in the plight of women in Liberia and other African nations & can appreciate a sometimes funny take on a brutal situation.

Don't see it if you want easy answers, have trouble with African dialects, or have a problem with an all black, all female, all amazingly talented cast.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if The talent, story and direction are extraordinary, only to be usurped by the strength these women show in a brutal, oppressive atmosphere.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light, entertaining show.

80
Intelligent, Gripping, Intense

See it if you want to learn about the Liberian Civil War through a profound profiling of four female characters, appreciate diversity and great acting

Don't see it if you're like the two ladies who sat behind me and complained during intermission about not understanding the Liberian accents

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You enjoy intense stories with strong female characters that make you think and open your eyes.

Don't see it if You are looking for light-hearted comedy. This is a story of the realities of war.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want to see great acting and a story that we all need to hear. It is gut wrenching and touching and funny all at the same time.

Don't see it if Jersey Boys is your idea of high entertainment.

90
Absorbing, Original, Profound

See it if You like deep serious themes which are not necessarily happy.

Don't see it if You prefer happy-go-lucky plays.

86
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Original

See it if you are interested in global politics

Don't see it if you want a light and sweet piece of entertainment

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy poignant storytelling based on reality with great acting.

Don't see it if you wish to see Lupita "NOSHOW" Nyong'o as she is frequently out. Her understudy should get the Tony nod.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

See it if You are ready for a provocative and demanding experience with remarkable actors who take you to the danger they face.

Don't see it if Not for children.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if a taut, involving drama about the ravages of war that seamlessly integrates moments of humor appeals to you. Superb performances, A+ writing

Don't see it if you hate outstanding, unforgettable theatre experiences.

88
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Emotional, Intelligent

See it if An acting tour de force for all involved, this is an intense, graphic, emotional story of four captive women during the Liberian civil war.

Don't see it if The heavy accents add authenticity but are sometimes hard to follow. This is an intense play; not for those who prefer a light experience.

85
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

See it if you will love a great story plot about war ground in Africa.

Don't see it if you want a musical and don't like gun shot

92
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Terrifying

See it if What does it mean to live under the rule of a military dictator? When you are a woman and a captive? Beyond understanding. Great acting.

Don't see it if Avoid this play if you cannot bear the pain of reality.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see some amazing talent, with a cast that allows you to intimately know the characters. Just wonderful!

Don't see it if You want a large-scale, lavish production, or if you do not like shows depicting the plight of women during wartime in Liberia.

72
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want gripping theater tackling major social and political issues.

Don't see it if You don't want to see something serious and challenging.

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Poignant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if a year in the lives of the four "wives" of a Liberian warlord, shown with both poignancy and humor, interests you.

Don't see it if poverty, women's issues, Africans, or heavy non-American accents are a turn-off.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if You want to experience a different type of play.It is a powerful production with a terrific cast.

Don't see it if You may not be interested in the subject matter. I would suggest researching the plot prior to purchasing tickets.


March 6th, 2016
"For all its harrowing power, 'Eclipsed,' shines with a compassion that makes us see beyond the suffering to the indomitable humanity of its characters. And although the events it depicts happened more than a decade ago, the play resonates powerfully today...Ms. Gurira’s play, directed with clari...
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March 7th, 2016
"In its Broadway incarnation, these women remain powerfully specific, and their relationships have warmth and texture...'Eclipsed' is consistently insightful about the ways in which the oppressed become inured to or reliant upon their oppression, even to the point of reproducing it; motherhood, b...
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March 6th, 2016
"A moving and must-see production...What’s most noticeably different is happening right at the center of the show: Nyong’o has managed to burrow further into her portrayal of the Girl...Her star power is not to be ignored. It doesn’t just make a production like this possible; it makes it legible,...
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March 6th, 2016
"It’s almost impossible to fault its intentions (if not always its execution) as a powerful piece of stagecraft...If the first half can sometimes feel too baggy and broadly-played, and the second almost seems to rush through its most affecting moments, the overall impact is still startling...'Ecl...
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