Oslo (Broadway)
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Oslo (Broadway)
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Oslo (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(818 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
4%
Negative
1%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

J.T. Rogers' drama chronicles the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Winner of two 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Play.

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Member Reviews (818)

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy well done dramas documenting a true, controversial moment in history. Detailed and enlightening, maybe longer than necessary.

Don't see it if You're not interested in history plays. This one is very well done but it does go on for three hours. Lots of detail to get through.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
85
Epic, Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if Tense historical reenactment of secret negotiations, and their human elements. Exciting, creative staging.

Don't see it if You are looking for something more personally meaningful. The show was enlightening but ultimately somewhat dry.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
87
Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you love great theater where both the words and the ideas they express matter. The thriller-like build of the plot is truly exciting.

Don't see it if political maneuvering bothers you. Also the constant moving of furniture between the many short scenes can be irritating.

MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
94
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Fascinating

See it if you want to see the perfect symmetry of a brilliant collaborative creative team portraying an historic collaborative effort to forge peace.

Don't see it if you have no interest whatsoever in international politics. [Tho even if you don't, you'll still be riveted by the well-written, taut drama.]

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
89
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if J.T. Rogers again mines history to write absorbing docu-drama on an attempt to find peace in the Middle East Runs out of steam in last hour

Don't see it if Powerful work Sher's astute/austere direction real star here although ensemble shines as well Daniel Oreskes personal fav as Shimon Peres

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
84
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if Grand production of polictical and historical drama. Serious document of PLO and Israel hammering out peace during talky and emotional meets

Don't see it if Very long and overwrought period drama that, although recent perhaps may be forgotten.

474 Reviews | 714 Followers
90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Intense

See it if you like true stories, world politics, or heavy dramas.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light or are turned off by political themes.

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
95
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent and engrossing., Surprisingly funny., Well-conceived.

See it if Want to consider history thru a human lens, see beautiful ensemble work with fine actors, like plays that challenge and require attention.

Don't see it if Can't hear/understand fast-paced, overlapping dialogue w varying accents, no interest in Oslo Accords, don't want to concentrate for 2:50. Read more

Critic Reviews (74)

The New York Times
April 13th, 2017

"This rich drama of quixotic politics fills to the bursting point its capacious new home...'Oslo' has now become the colossus it was always meant to be, while giving an even sharper focus to the urgent behind-the-scenes intimacy at its fast-beating heart...A marvel of both expository efficiency and exciting showmanship...'Oslo' features a vast cast of characters...Yet somehow, by the end, this production’s vital ensemble makes you feel you have come to know every single one of them."
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Time Out New York
April 13th, 2017

"A testament to the potential value of diplomacy, cooperation, mutual recognition of opponents’ humanity and—contra the now-trending WikiLeaks ethos—backroom secrecy...Distinguished ensemble cast...Nearly three hours long, the play demands attentiveness and works hard to achieve it. In its bittersweet final swell of hopefulness and humanity, it rewards one of our most endangered virtues, in theater as well as in politics: patience."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 13th, 2017

"'Oslo' turns the negotiations that led to the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord of 1993 into gripping human drama. To the extent that it does so by making diplomacy not just interesting but moving, it’s a wonder of savvy stagecraft and wily performance. It’s also, quite possibly, a lie...A large cast in which nearly everyone is a knockout...The history books will have to decide whether 'Oslo' is great drama or just—just!—a great evening of theater."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 13th, 2017

"Bracing and absorbing...The production seems in constant, almost frantic, motion...Bits of dialogue teeter into speechifying here and there, but you’ll barely notice; the balance of passion, discipline, and suspense is organically, thrillingly theatrical...High stakes and hard choices tend to produce uncomfortable moments, but as this muscular, moving production reminds us, progress isn’t easy—even when it’s incomplete."
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Variety
April 13th, 2017

“Unequivocally fascinating...Rogers’clever dialogue really is that witty. You get the facts, but you get them delivered with intelligence and humor by this dream of a cast. It’s the petty stuff—the pseudonyms, the clandestine phone calls, the drinking competitions, and all the other trappings of macho bravado—that makes these intimidating characters so human. And so funny...This is what we call drama, and it’s what we live for.”
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The Wall Street Journal
April 14th, 2017

"The play is generally so smartly written...and the direction of Sher so taut that you are drawn in...If 'Oslo' means for us to recognize how important negotiations and close human contact are, I found myself agreeing but noting that they can also seduce and distort and that the arrogance of believing that you can venture out on your own and gamble with the lives of others is something not particularly deserving of praise. Aside from that though, the play fascinates."
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Deadline
April 13th, 2017

"The extraordinary 'Oslo,' Rogers’ riveting dramatization of a complex political tarantella...It’s even better the second time around...This all sounds talk-talky, and it is—which is what makes Sher’s accomplishment with the text so compelling...Rogers and Sher take the players in this comedy of terrors at face value, refusing to douse it in cynicism or the certainty of hindsight...For an all too brief moment, we can look back to that handshake and recall how thrilling hope can be."
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The Washington Post
April 13th, 2017

"Hands down the best new play of the season. Creating riveting drama out of the intransigence of implacable enemies is no modest trick, but darned if playwright J.T. Rogers doesn’t pull it off, and grandly. This story of a three-dimensional geopolitical chess match, told as if each player were a complete human being capable of passion, error, humor and honor, reveals the keen eye and ear of a writer working in veritable mind-melding harmony with a superb director, Bartlett Sher."
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