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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100
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

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

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

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

95
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

90
Plays to See

“Who knew a nearly three-hour history lesson about Middle East politics from the 1990s could be so riveting?...Terrific performances are well-crafted and keep the story together and flowing with heart, genuineness and humor…The story is complicated but under the brilliant direction of Bartlett Sher it flows quickly and informatively like a great political thriller...In the masterful hands of Mr. Sher and team it is tightly presented and never stops grabbing your attention." Full Review

90
Edge New York

“‘Oslo’ lays bare in exquisite detail and often unexpected humor the gut-wrenching details of the endless negotiating, dining, copious drinking, and eventual camaraderie that predated and thus created the historic signing…Sher's most deft direction takes what could be a confusing morass of facts, figures, and characters and lays them bare at our feet where they entertain and enlighten…‘Oslo’ is a work peppered with humor and constant gobsmacking acting.” Full Review

90
TheaterScene.net

“The clarity of this new play by J.T. Rogers does not only rely on the smart yet surefire way it's written, but also on the masterful staging by Bartlett Sher, who, after recent productions of both ‘South Pacific’ and ‘The King and I,’ is no stranger to directing gargantuan shows at Lincoln Center. Given its subject--the Oslo Accord or peace treaty between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (P.L.O.) in 1993--’Oslo’ is ultimately an enormous play, but it is told in intimate terms.” Full Review

90
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

90
Pop Dust

“The pacing is ferocious. J.T. Rogers's script has a lot of ground to cover and fast. Bartlett Sher's direction ensures that this happens…You couldn't ask for a better cast here. They are a formidable force. Each of them carries the weight of the situation their characters are living through, and yet also are able to find the humor in the piece. There is rich a vein of dark comedy running through 'Oslo' that the cast plumbs with great regularity…‘Oslo’ is a triumph, and everyone should see it.” Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

“J. T. Rogers’ riveting historical drama feels right where it belongs–on a world stage. Risk taking is what this thrilling story is all about…The mesmerizing plot involves 21 characters, multiple locales, and a complex political context–packed into three intense hours of stage time…Now, in the majestic Beaumont, the play has expanded in breadth, scope, and impact–gaining the stature that the story justly deserves.” Full Review

90
Magical MissTari Tour

"The whole cast was fantastic. Most of the actors, except for a handful of the leads, played multiple roles and were wonderfully adept at doing so. The physical production is also terrific...You would think that a play dealing with such fraught politics would be heavy and serious all the time, but 'Oslo' is also surprisingly funny throughout...I'm so impressed by a play that takes a real subject, on which you know the outcome, and still creates suspense and tension. That takes real craft." Full Review

90
ZEALnyc

"Who would ever have thought that history presented on stage could be so compelling?...Brilliant...A taut three hours that hold us breathless and leave us both thinking and weeping...The entire cast is uniformly captivating, particularly Aronov as a rock-star flashy Israeli diplomat, and Oreskes and Jenkins as a duo of can’t-believe-we’re-here academics from Haifa...'Oslo' is not educational, it’s enlightening. And it’s crackling damn good theater too. Full Review

90
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

90
Daily Beast

"Even if you have little or fleeting interest in the Middle East peace process or diplomatic intrigue, you will find J.T. Rogers’s carefully researched play supremely riveting. Every aspect of it—the writing, the direction by Bartlett Sher, the fine performances—is pretty near immaculate...Sher’s direction is as smooth and clever as Rogers’s writing...'Oslo' is, most surprisingly, a bracing examination of human fortitude and effort against improbable odds." Full Review

90
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

90
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

85
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
This Week in New York Blog

“Mays is outstanding as Larsen, balancing fear and excitement…Ehle excels as his equal partner…Despite its nearly three-hour length, the play flies by, with Sher keeping things moving at a smooth police-procedural-like pace. Rogers’s script melds the comic and the surreal, the serious and the wacky in translating this most unlikely of scenarios into an utterly gripping yet tenderly intimate tale.” Full Review

85
Drama Queen NYC

“It is long, it is talky, yet it is never boring…Mays is quietly brilliant as the quietly brilliant Rød-Larsen. Ehle plays it cooler still, so those moments when Juul puts her foot down have all the more impact…The negotiators are intelligently portrayed, especially by Azizi, Kashani, and the hilarious Michael Aronov…Sher’s direction is every bit as smooth and invisible as the Norwegian facilitators. Unexpectedly engaging, surprisingly entertaining, and highly recommended." Full Review

85
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

85
Live Theatre UK

"Under the wizard-like direction of Bartlett Sher, 'Oslo' is a gripping, thrilling, and quite emotional theatrical experience...Whether you know little or a lot about tensions in the Middle East, 'Oslo' provides you with enough historical information for everything to make sense...'Oslo' is a terrific new play about the human spirit. Make time to see it. It will teach you a great deal about history but, also, about great acting and terrific theatre." Full Review

85
StageZine

"J. T. Rogers has masterminded an epic journey of the events that took place and keeps us riveted throughout. Director Bartlett Sher and projectionists 59 Productions take us through this fraught journey of foreign lands and intrigue as if it were an espionage movie. The story line unfolds both mysteriously and vividly...The cast works magnificently as an ensemble...'Oslo' valiantly shows the lengths people are willing to go through for Middle East peace." 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
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

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85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if brilliant staging, great acting; amazing insights to historical events that you somehow wish would have a different and happier ending

Don't see it if you don't like shows that make you think

87
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Educational

See it if you are interested in learning more about the Israel/Middle East. The show is very accessible to people who do not already know about it.

Don't see it if you do not like long plays. It is 3 hours.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want to peek behind the curtain of one of the longest running conflicts in the world

Don't see it if you can't sit for long shows

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a political drama told in very human and emotional terms. What could have been boring is riveting, even suspenseful.

Don't see it if you don't want to use your intellect, don't like political theatre, don't like large casts and epic themes.

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Slow, 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.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see an ambitious play about what led up to an important historical moment.

Don't see it if seeing a three-hour historical play doesn't interest you.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Profound

See it if you're interested in international affairs and learning more about what goes on behind the scenes in intense conflicts of this nature.

Don't see it if you lack interest in international affairs and dramas of this nature where one must pay attention as the situation evolves into hopelessness

75
Absorbing, Intense, Overrated, Great staging

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.

85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You love politics or just wanna see a great play about it. Entertaining even for non-political people like me. Surprisingly funny and smart.

Don't see it if You wanna miss this year's Tony-award winning play and featured actor in a play, Michael Aronov.

75
Ambitious, Epic, Relevant

See it if You are a history buff

Don't see it if You want something light

79
Ambitious, Intelligent, Confusing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you're well versed in politics and you have a solid attention span.

Don't see it if your ideal night at the theater is 90 minutes and no intermission

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Masterful

See it if you are ready for a powerful , absorbing drama, based on history.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment.

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

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.

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if Brilliant staging of very static material

Don't see it if You are aware that nothing has come of the OSLO accords

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, 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.]

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want amazing acting in a powerful story where people move past fear and hate to embrace hope, humanity and change.

Don't see it if you find subject matter too sensitive.

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see the play that beat the incredible Indecent, Sweat and A Doll's House, Part 2 for the Tony Award!

Don't see it if you are impatient and uninterested in modern history

Also I found it gripping, my friend couldn't get into it. Go figure! Not fo... Read more Read less

85
Exceptionally well done history

See it if you want to see a superbly done history which makes the time fly.

Don't see it if ...three hours of mid-east peace talks.

65
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are really interested in the history of the Oslo accords.

Don't see it if You are looking for something more exciting and uplifting

Also I was expecting a lot more out of this show after it won the Tony. The... Read more Read less

96
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You want theater that speaks to your heart and soul. A brilliant script paired with superb actors - every moment a masterstroke! A must see!

Don't see it if You're looking for frivolity and happy ever-afters.

75
Great acting, Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you have a decent understanding of the Oslo Accord and patience to sit through a very long play.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays and don't follow historical event

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you like innovative, funny play with a serious subject

Don't see it if plays base on true facts

96
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want a really interesting play about something that is really topical right now

Don't see it if you hate plays that are political

Also This is probably one of the best plays I've seen. It was beautifully a... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you'd like a well written play. One of the best in recent years.

Don't see it if you dislike theatre.

90
Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you have any interest in the political process, history, negotiations, international relations, or a darn good story told superbly.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a three-hour play. It doesn't feel that long, but if it would be an endurance contest for you, better pass.


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