Eclipsed
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Eclipsed NYC Reviews and Tickets

88%
(570 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
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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.

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Member Reviews (570)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
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.

897 Reviews | 374 Followers
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.

507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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.)

585 Reviews | 220 Followers
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.

461 Reviews | 710 Followers
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.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
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.

488 Reviews | 125 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (65)

The New York Times
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 clarity and force by Liesl Tommy, reminds us of something profoundly important, and perhaps too easily forgotten amid our own country’s continuing racial troubles: African lives matter."
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Time Out New York
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, biological or situational, is another of the play's major themes, and its exploration goes in surprising directions...It may be hard to watch at times, but you leave with your eyes wider open."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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, to the back of the theater and, more importantly, to the back of our souls. It asks, on behalf of women like this, a world away, 'Shouldn’t you know me?'”
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Entertainment Weekly
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...'Eclipsed' does open a window on a world we rarely get to see this intimately, and they deliver it so gracefully that the play’s flaws feel less consequential than the resonating force of its story."
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Variety
March 6th, 2016

"One wondered whether that connection would be broken when the show moved to a much larger Broadway theater. Not to worry...The show hits the sweet spot for the serious New York theater crowd — the ideal audience for this intense drama — that often feels overlooked and underserved on Broadway...Playwright Danai Gurira delivers politics with passion in this searing drama...Superbly directed by Liesl Tommy and powerfully acted by a strong ensemble."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 10th, 2016

"Liesl Tommy’s production has lost nothing by being moved to a larger house. The play remains a staggeringly potent, perfectly performed snapshot of five African women who are fighting for their lives amid the roiling chaos of an unimaginably bloody war of all against all. 'Eclipsed' feels less like a play than a fictionalized documentary—but one of genius, a deceptively bald piece of storytelling...This is great theater. I doubt you’ll see anything more exciting on Broadway this season."
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Deadline
March 6th, 2016

"'Eclipsed' is a major achievement—a scorching work about women and war whose humor burnishes rather than undermines its seriousness of purpose. It features ferociously committed ensemble performances staged with power and finesse by Liesl Tommy...'Eclipsed' offers resolution but no hope...We can do little more than bear witness—something this miraculous play helps boldly to accomplish."
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Los Angeles Times
March 7th, 2016

"Gurira's drama occasionally meanders, losing momentum and character sharpness. Tommy's production, however, is exceptionally vivid...Original music and sound design and lighting help maintain the intensity of the drama even when the writing goes slack...This is an ensemble piece, not a star vehicle, but Nyong'o can't help standing out...Her plight is terrifying, and Nyong'o makes the tragedy achingly personal."
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