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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

63
Overrated, Over long

See it if You don't mind that this is not really a drama but a blow-by-blow.

Don't see it if You just want the story - read a book on the subject instead. This might make a better movie but it didn't work for me as theater.

Also The playwright tried to cram as much detail into the story as possible... Read more Read less

69
Confusing, Great staging, Intelligent, Overrated, Indulgent

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.

60
Confusing, Intelligent, Overrated, Slow, Insipid

See it if a 3 hour long show about Middle Eastern peace talks interests you.

Don't see it if a 3 hour long show about Middle Eastern peace talks does not interest you.

Also This show was supposed to give me hope about the possibilities of find... Read more Read less

66
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Profound

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...

65
Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

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

65
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Slow, Ambitious

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.

55
Dated, Overrated, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you like history and have no great knowledge of or strong feelings about Israel and Palestine

Don't see it if you're frustrated by simplifications

69
Overrated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are curious to see how it beat out Indecent for the Best Play Tony- but are willing to leave knowing that Indecent was robbed.

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally moved by a theatrical experience.

Also This was a three hour history seminar with some corny jokes and some p... Read more Read less

50
Dated, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you love serious, political dramas and have a specific interest in the 1990s Middle Eastern politics.

Don't see it if You don't have a deep interest in the subject matter. You prefer to see shows about characters, not about an event.

Also Dull and disappointing. Talented cast and performed in the beautiful B... Read more Read less

68
Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like historical, education pieces. You enjoy shows based on true events. You like international politics.

Don't see it if You like shows with a lot of action. You don't like shows heavy in dialogue

69
Disappointing, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if Want to learn about overlooked history.

Don't see it if You are expecting an exciting night at the theatre.

67
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Slow

See it if You like political/historical dramas that explore individual motivations

Don't see it if 3 hours of such a play is too much for you

68
Absorbing, Intelligent, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you're fascinated with how a diplomatic back channel is created

Don't see it if you wanted to actually learn more about the Oslo agreement and the Israeli-Arab conflict

65
Excruciating, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You are interested in minute-by-minute backstory to Israeli peqce accords and can tolerate a lot of screaming.

Don't see it if you need sophisticated writing and staging. The characters were cariacatures and shouted and cursed non stop. UGH. How did this win Tony??

Also I thought this did a terrible dsserve to history AND theater. It wasn'... Read more Read less

55
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You are a history buff. You like to be challenged .

Don't see it if If you are a musical show person.

61
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if very disappointed. expected to see meaningful drama with a message to send. Only message was that personal contact is better than politics

Don't see it if you have any type of hearing problem, the acoustics were awful

66
Clever, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like serious issues

Don't see it if you don't like corny humor

66
Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if People intrigued by politics and diplomacy

Don't see it if You are irritated by plays about real events that blur fact and fiction

51
Ambitious, Overrated, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you're a history buff and want to learn about the behind-the-scenes negotiating that led to the Oslo Accords and enjoy a slow-moving plot

Don't see it if you don't enjoy long plays (almost 3 hrs) with little change in scenery and somewhat monotonous dialogue

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like Jefferson Mays and Jennifer Ehle.

Don't see it if don't want to watch men yelling for 3 hours.

Also There are some funny jokes. This would be much better as a movie. Ther... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if You are interested in Israeli Palestinian politics. Interesting to witness "secret" talks.

Don't see it if You want scenery. Very little here. Wordy and repetitious. Beaumont too cavernous - voices get lost. Needs smaller theater. Was probably

Also better in Mitzi when done there. Actors good but accents make it hard ... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Disappointing, Dull, Lacking in drama

See it if You are a political drama junkie and won't mind a lack of dramatic buildup or character development. It's no "All the Way."

Don't see it if You want a compelling story, want to care about the characters, seek intensity

During previews
50
Disappointing, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in the Mideast peace talks and are curious about whether an inherently non-theatrical subject can be turned into a play.

Don't see it if you don't want to spend three hours listening to almost non-stop shouting, occasionally broken up by lame attempts at humor.

During previews
58
Intelligent, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like plays that are about history and politics. And if you are curious about the art of negotiation.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding heavy accents, on top of that this theatre is way too big so the actors' voices are hard to hear sometime

During previews
65
Simultaneously dull and moderately interesting

See it if You have no objections to farce, have superlative hearing and a lot of patience.

Don't see it if You dislike farce, you don't want to be bored for half of this lengthy, moderately interesting and occasionally amusing production.

Also Better suited to a smaller space. Some dialogue inaudible. Overall, ex... 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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