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Oslo

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant
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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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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.

 
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95
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

85
Theatermania

"Gripping and insightful theater that is bound to make even the most die-hard partisans in the seemingly never-ending conflict between Israel and Palestine reevaluate everything they think they know...Director Bartlett Sher brings an austere touch to this production that keeps the show flying along at a cinematic clip...While the negotiation scenes are nail-biting, Rogers, Sher, and the cast create a genuine sense of camaraderie." Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

"Extremely touching and realistically funny...Helping to make the play so entertaining and clever, without undercutting the seriousness of the subject, is that the premise of the fact-based piece begins as a somewhat naïve attempt at a social experiment...Despite numerous locales and characters, the three-hour-long, three-act play never sags. The play is abundantly talky, but it's the kind of crisp, clever talk that continually stimulates." Full Review

95
Variety

“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.” Full Review

80
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

95
The Huffington Post

"The most engrossing new drama on Broadway. Director Bartlett Sher and his excellent cast have ramped up the tension, resulting in an altogether riveting evening. Let us add, a riveting three-hour evening which breathlessly speeds by...It is near miraculous that playwright Rogers has turned what might have been dryly dusty history into spellbinding, edge-of-your-seat drama...'Oslo' is quite an achievement, and quite a play, and quite an evening of high-stakes theatricality." Full Review

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Broadway Blog

“'Oslo,' J.T. Rogers' stimulating envisioning of the secret talks that led to the Oslo Peace Accords…A vigorous, if not particularly subtle, performance…Jefferson Mays and Jennifer Ehle carry their roles with marvelous dignity and aplomb…We not only get some funny jokes that were probably never told but hear countless ‘F-word’ missiles being launched…Enough angry steam is blown off to crumble the walls of Jericho; there's so much SHOUTING it's a wonder anything gets done at all.” Full Review

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Talkin' Broadway

"If it's not easy to fall for 'Oslo' wholeheartedly, if it won't change your life or perspective on pretty much anything, Rogers is skillful enough to ensure that you have plenty to enjoy along the way...Mays and Ehle give bold, funny performances...Too bad Rogers hasn't solved the problem of, well, not solving the problem; a work that thinks as big as this one does and exhibits so much ambition needs to more emphatically own what it can do and what it can't." Full Review

80
New York Magazine / Vulture

"'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." Full Review

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AM New York

"The play is long and talky and jam-packed with names, dates and historical exposition, but also well-crafted and nuanced, with interesting characters and even humor every now and then. The subject matter is also increasingly vital at this time of heightened instability throughout the Middle East. Under the direction of Bartlett Sher, it is presented with as much clarity and personality as possible." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"Smart, touching and spiked with spy-novel tension and wry humor...Everything clicks in director Bartlett Sher’s elegant and evocative production...This show flows in near-cinematic fashion and pulls you in so tight that time recedes. That’s no small feat, since the play runs nearly three hours...It helps to have an impeccable cast...Peacemaking is complex. So is 'Oslo.' Broadway is all the richer for it." Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

"For close to three hours, we watch as Israel and the PLO struggle to form some kind of truce that will lead to less bloodshed. In the end as the main character offers hope, the audience is left feeling that peace will come when pigs fly...'Oslo' is well directed by Bartlett Sher, who engages the space. 15 actors tell the story of the historic turning point in Arab-Israeli relations…Ehle gives a wonderfully underrated performance while Mays allows us to see the flaws in men’s characters." Full Review

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Deadline

"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." Full Review

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Front Row Center

"Rogers gives us a frame for the play: Can gradualism succeed where traditional negotiations have demonstrably failed? As in Frayn’s 'Copenhagen,' the pursuit of the big idea, however worthy, can get tiresome, if not relieved by credible characters, witty exchanges, deft direction, and fine performances. 'Oslo' offers all of that...Mays manages to give Terje a credible enthusiasm for the task at hand as well as a humanizing vulnerability." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"A deserving and likely candidate for the Best Play Tony award...All the actors in the cast are once again in top form and the production is gripping as ever...A fact-based but highly original drama that's as entertaining and suspenseful as it is informative and thought-provoking. Sure it's talky and long, but as written by Mr. Rogers, staged with dynamic simplicity by Bartlett Sher and with 14 top-drawer actors to bring 21 historic characters to vivid life, the three hours simply fly by." Full Review

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The Wrap

"Sound dry? Hardly. Rogers packs enough suspense, duplicity, and paranoia to recall the very best work of Alan J. Pakula...Rogers and director Bartlett Sher are good at telling a complicated story, creating suspense, and keeping over 20 characters from merging into one another. But to achieve these not inconsiderable ends, 'Oslo' sometimes stoops to the level of boulevard theater despite its mighty political themes. Too many of the characters are emerge only as broad types." Full Review

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Front Mezz Junkies

"A magnificent new play...The information flies at us rapidly but, as written by the astonishing J. T. Rogers, we follow every detail and every introduction. Meticulously constructed...What an amazing act of tightrope walking we are witness to as directed with the utmost skill and intelligence by Bartlett Sher...I didn’t know peace accords could be so thrilling, so much so that I found myself tearing up at moments when the future of the accord looked dark and foreboding." Full Review

85
CitiTour

"Under the sterling direction of Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, this production sets the bar for 2017...Undeniably thrilling...As much as we know the outcome of these talks before the play begins, Rogers makes us feel like the game onstage could be over any second...The move to the larger Beaumont proves to be both a blessing and a curse...The set is given more room to breathe...However, some of the play’s intimacy disappears in its new home." Full Review

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NY1

"Rogers's densely packed, fact-based drama gives us a fascinating fly-on-the-wall view of those painstakingly delicate talks...Under Bartlett Sher's taut direction, the wise and witty three-hour drama unfolds like a political thriller. Complex yes, but Sher's superlative production immerses us in the suspenseful twists and turns that yielded the unimaginable: mortal enemies becoming friends...Besides turning a historic event into high-brow entertainment, 'Oslo' is impressively even-handed." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"A bold, crackling, and humorous new play about the back-channel peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis in the early 1990's told with humor, charm, heart, and brutal honesty...At times tense, at others humorous, the play effortlessly glides between the two states often and sometimes unexpectedly...A hit that will inform, entertain, and remind us all just how far we've come and how much work is yet ahead." Full Review

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The Washington Post

"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." Full Review

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DC Metro Theater Arts

"I learned a lot by seeing it, but as a theatre work I found it cumbersome and interesting only as a history lesson...Speeches that would effectively end with passionate outbursts, now begin with them and remain at fever pitch throughout often making them unintelligible...Mr. Mays and Ms. Ehle lead with authority and even charm. They bring to the Norwegian couple maturity and an attractive sense of balance which seems to be currently lacking in almost everyone else on stage." Full Review

85
Out Magazine

“A sprawling 3 hours, the play is talky but full of history, observation, and entertainment…Tony winners Ehle and Mays are terrific as the Norwegian couple, and in the showiest role—Israeli diplomat Uri Savir—Michael Aronov is sexy, angry and full of sass. Bartlett Sher’s direction is lively…An imposing door looms symbolically, and projections and films are flashed onto the wall, but for once, this sort of thing seems inventive and apt, not purposely scaled down.” Full Review

85
Entertainment Weekly

"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." Full Review

70
Reviewing The Drama

"The reviews regarding the efficacy of the Oslo Accords are mixed; the play's coda, though hopeful, admits as much. There is still work to be done. Which is what makes this both so intriguing and cringe-inducing...As far as the production is concerned, I appreciated that Rogers took care to let us get to know these characters, and he's aided by Bartlett Sher's direction...Sher incorporates a lot of movement, serving as momentum to keep the talks (and the play) going." Full Review

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85
Avg Score

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).

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if Fastest moving 3-hour play every, the level of tension and how quickly it can turn and ratchet up is stunning - masterclass by actors

Don't see it if Would be depressed by how little has changed in this conflict. The sound mix from the side orch (LincTix seats) is terrible.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you like history and prefer drama that is gripping and insightful. 13 actors carefully staged bring this true event to life. Tony Best Play

Don't see it if its almost 3 hours of drama. Lots of dialogue can be hard to follow.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want to see a very talented cast performing an interesting real life event.

Don't see it if you want a short show or a fantastical story.

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you like political drama like Madam Secretary, or you like character/dialogue driven theater with great writing and great acting.

Don't see it if you're looking for a love story, family friendly show or musical.

90
Exquisite, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see a for-real, balls to the wall PLAY. This thing is everything theater should be.

Don't see it if you have plans. It's close to three hours long. (Worth every minute, though)

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy political theme plays, want to see a great cast do an amazing job and don't mind sitting for almost 3 hours.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 3 hours, if you are not politically minded. While the cast was amazing, the subject matter was boring & confusing.

65
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Slow

See it if you like political drama's. There is plenty of humor but it is pretty dry for three hours.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. This show requires that you think and it is long.

69
Intelligent, Indulgent, Confusing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if the event intrigues you and if you enjoy seeing the work of Bartlett Sher on stage.Aronov deserves the Tony win.

Don't see it if you want to actually care for any character on the stage. Everyone is just yelling and yelling. Definitely not the Best Play of the season.

83
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Masterful

See it if you are interested in how political progress is made in long, hard, behind-the-scenes negotiation of a centuries old problem

Don't see it if you are disinterested in the topic of Palestinian/Israeli history; don't want to put on the effort to focus on the talky-talky-talk

Also The Vivian Beaumont is way too 'arena-like" for such an intimate, talk... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Epic, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if love to be absorbed, entertained, educated and inspired. a fantastic production in every way.

Don't see it if if you can't sit for the three hours -- although well worth it!

70
Ambitious, Confusing, Long, Shouty, Frustrating

See it if You want a three-hour drama of people shouting at each other about the Middle East. It's exactly what it claims to be, decide if it appeals

Don't see it if You're liable to get offended by viewpoints about the Middle East, don't enjoy people shouting, or want a play with a satisfying ending.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy tales of modern history, great acting and stage chemistry, and relevant plots, as well as poignant endings.

Don't see it if You have a strong opinion one way or other on Israel-Palestine conflict or no interest in the conflict, or you don't like long shows.

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You want to be challenged, are not put off by dialogue-heavy shows, and don't mind the length--it's long (3 hours).

Don't see it if You want fluff, don't like politics or history, or want Disney.

94
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

66
Great acting, Profound, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in the story and don't need anything more than that...

Don't see it if you're hoping for more than a documentary...

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Accomplished

See it if you want to see dudes yelling about peace for three hours; if you're a Jennifer Ehle or Michael Aronov superfan

Don't see it if you'd rather read an excellently written/reported NewYorker piece than see something in that style meticulously staged

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you appreciate a complex and smart script. The show is thought-provoking and tells a story about global affairs brilliantly.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in middle east affairs and/or you don't like being challenged to think and process during the show.

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

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

74
Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Interesting, Long

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.

94
Intelligent, Entertaining, Beautifully acted, Informative, Elegantly staged

See it if You are interested in a behind the scenes look at historical peace talks that is totally mesmerizing. Truly brought to life and humanized.

Don't see it if You cannot sit for 3 hours listening to intelligent inspiring theatre.

Also The jokes add a delightful touch!

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You want a masterfully acted drama based on true events. It's long but so riveting that the time flew by. Intense and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if Historical dramas or the Israeli/Palestinian conflict bore you. If you have difficulty understanding accents, you'll have a hard time here.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting

See it if historical plays

Don't see it if lots of details and facts

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

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.

75
Intelligent, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want a low key telling of a story that is long and simply presented

Don't see it if You expect a lively evening, creative staging and an early night