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Oslo (Broadway)

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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. More…

It’s 1993 and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat are standing together in the White House Rose Garden, signing the first-ever peace agreement between Israel and the PLO. How were the negotiations kept secret? And who are these mysterious negotiators? Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, 'Oslo' is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of women and men struggling together—and fighting each other—as they seek to change the world. Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, and starring Tony winners Jefferson Mays and Jennifer Ehle.


Member Reviews (818)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant
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Avg Score

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.

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.

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

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.]

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.

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.

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.

Also I thought this was thrilling theater. It was fascinating, quite funny,... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Loooooong but fascinating, Vivid characters

See it if you're interested in the Oslo peace accord and like straight plays with lots of exposition and a historical bent.

Don't see it if you have a problem with a three hour show, or with the sad reality that most of the Oslo gains have now gone by the wayside.

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're looking for a smart play dealing with political conflict resolution. Outstanding acting. Even some great humor added to serious topic

Don't see it if you had a long day and are not prepared for a mentally challenging 3 hour play, you have no interest in politics or diplomacy

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.

97
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You have any interest in our world and it's history.

Don't see it if You're looking for tap dancing!

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant

See it if you want a really smart play with stellar actors that will hold your attention (yes, it's 3 hours but goes SO quickly) and make you think.

Don't see it if you don't care for political plays (though no prior knowledge of the Oslo Accords is even needed).

91
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Absolutely hands-down the best play of the year! Incredible acting and a wonderful historical overview of history.A must see!

Don't see it if Do you not see if you like musicals and light dramas.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Masterful

See it if Riveting true account of secret Palestine/Israeli peace negotiations in 1993. The acting is masterful & really makes this story come alive.

Don't see it if The play is 3 hours long; I thought I might struggle w/the wordiness & political subject matter, but instead was absolutely riveted. Bravo!

Also I can't stress enough how fantastic the acting was. Every actor, even ... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Slow, Great acting, Relevant, Overlong

See it if you'd enjoy a political drama on the story behind the famous Rabin-Arafat handshake, w/a stellar cast (Azizi, Ehle, Mays, Schnetzer, etc.)

Don't see it if you can't abide slow-moving plays or will be salty this took the Tony over the superior A Doll's House, Part 2.

90
Absorbing, Confusing, Edgy, Excellent acting, Intense

See it if you know/remember ANYthing about this historic event. If you come unprepared & can't pay CLOSE attention for 2+ hours, you will be lost.

Don't see it if your mind wanders even remotely & you're NOT interested in history. Many in audience left after intermission. ALL first-rate performances.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if fascinating historical play based on true story of attempt to find peace in Middle East; both sides humanized thru interactions & humor

Don't see it if you don't want a play, no matter how well-written & acted, that is almost 3 hours. About negotiations so necessarily talky.

Also The many facts and details presented (especially when the lawyer comes... Read more Read less

75
Overrated, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You enjoyed The Audience or other fictionalized accounts of recent history.

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced, with energy. You struggle with dialects or keeping names straight.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Must see

See it if you want to see great writing/acting, thought I was in the intense negotiation room between PLO and state of Israel.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical or not interested in real events play.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like compelling, political stories that take you into the conflicting points of view in the world. Very timely.

Don't see it if This is a deep, multi layered play. if you don't have the patience for a 3 hour play...see something else.

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Intense, Masterful

See it if You want to see master actors at their craft in a riveting play about real life events. Do not miss this incredible play!

Don't see it if You are not interested in the Israel/Palestine conflict as of the early 1990s or if you prefer light, happy stories.

70
Great acting, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to live through the experience of the Oslo accord to see how the parties involved got along, according to the play's author.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that is engrossing. I found it very difficult to sit for the 3 hours of the play. The play could have been shorter.

Also The audience laughed a lot and seemed to enjoy the play tremendously. ... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy politically-based dramas centering on the Middle East conflicts, manipulations, and negotiations. Superbly acted and executed.

Don't see it if Politics or polical plays bore you, or if you have no interest in the Middle East peace talks of the early 1990s. I truly enjoyed this gem

72
Long, Great acting, Slow, Relevant, Interesting

See it if You are interested in learning more about this aspect of history. Interesting and well acted and insightful.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that require your careful attention. While the content was interesting, at almost 3 hours long, it felt long at times.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You are interested in behind-the-scenes look at political issues with Shakespearean resonance.

Don't see it if You avoid Middle-East Politics.

Also Basically a perfect play, not an extra word, superior acting, clever s... Read more Read less


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 a...
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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 bitter...
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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 ...
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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 pr...
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