Eclipsed NYC Reviews and Tickets

(570 Ratings)
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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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87 Reviews | 31 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see a truly unique play about an underrepresented group of women.

Don't see it if You don't want to feel emotionally wrecked afterwards.

121 Reviews | 26 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you're looking for POWERFUL theatre. This one left me speechless.

Don't see it if you're afraid to face tough issues.

75 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great acting, Profound, Riveting, Absorbing, Must see

See it if you like important subject matter done exquisitely.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fair.

219 Reviews | 88 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You can handle difficult subject matter in exchange for a transformative experience; if you want to see the best acting you've ever seen

Don't see it if You're triggered by offstage (and unheard) sexual violence; you have a hard time with foreign accents and dialects and don't want to think

52 Reviews | 31 Followers
Funny, Great writing, Intense, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want to see a wonderfully acted, beautifully written, Funny and horrific piece of theater.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and airy.

50 Reviews | 9 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Epic, Profound

See it if Must see theatre with incredible performances

Don't see it if You only want musicals

68 Reviews | 63 Followers
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Must see

See it if you want to see a very moving play by and staring black women, and a thoughtful and well researched exploration of how women experience war.

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood to cry in public, you aren't used to listening to women, and also, all of the trigger warnings.

292 Reviews | 68 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you like Danai Gurira, and fine acting about the African experience

Don't see it if you don't like plays

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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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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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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New York Daily News
March 6th, 2016

"Liesl Tommy’s taut staging provides an excellent showcase for the play. The cast is uniformly very good and while performances have deepened and feel more lived-in uptown, there are still few moments—light and serious—when individuals tilt toward being overly showy, as though they’re performing. Despite that, the play is unsettling and eye-opening."
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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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New York Post
March 10th, 2016

"As intense as the show is, it’s also leavened by raucous humor — a running joke about Bill Clinton keeps getting better and better. In the end, hope wins out over despair. If this is what happens when Broadway tells the stories of women, we can only wish for more."
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