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Oslo (Broadway)

From 818 member reviews
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

30
Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You need 3 hours of free air-conditioning. Like to see actors try to breathe feeling into roles that have little in the writing.

Don't see it if you don't like emotionally void history lessons. Though well acting there's no one to care about. This author should write history books.

15
Confusing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You have knowledge of subject matter, and are interested. You enjoy history, talky shows.

Don't see it if You don't know or care about subject. I was lost from the 5th minute. Uninteresting set. Never had a clue what was going on.

42
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Loud, loud, loud

See it if You must have every possible look at the Oslo accords.

Don't see it if You like theatre where the characters have all of their facets explored; this is far too much a bunch of people yelling over one another.

Also Poor projections and the space is too large for this show. This is an ... Read more Read less

47
Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You value clever acting and wordplay over integrity of theme.

Don't see it if You understand that there is no moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians.

Also Negotiation between a civilized party and one that uses violence as th... Read more Read less

49
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Confusing

See it if you're interested in the Israel-Palestine conflict and have a background of information on it

Don't see it if you want to follow an emotional journey of a character, you don't have a background of the political climate in the 90s

49
Disappointing, Dated, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are compelled by the subject matter.

Don't see it if You want well developed female leads, a plot that compels, leads that are empathetic.

Also I could have done without Act 1. This is how strange I found it dramat... Read more Read less

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Ambitious

See it if want to learn about the history

Don't see it if just too long

45
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if you want a history lesson as a Broadway show

Don't see it if . It was more of a lecture in a classroom than a show. I don't know what I was looking for based on the subject but I could not concentrate

40
Confusing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Youre a history bydf

Don't see it if You dont see a let of shiwa

During previews
49
Confusing, Overrated, Relevant, Intelligent, Soporific

See it if You're interested in back room political maneuvering. I'm sure it is a well written historical play but it just didn't keep my interest

Don't see it if I found it very boring. It was hard to understand the various accents in the large theater. Acting was fine but I found play confusing.

Also I really found it very hard to stay awake. Hard to get invested in the... Read more Read less

During previews
42
Dizzying, Confusing, Long, Overstuffed, Slow

See it if you enjoy theatre being used as a history lesson or lecture rather than an engaging piece of live theatre.

Don't see it if you're expecting Oslo to combine it's well-researched text with the creative capabilities owned exclusively by live theatre.

During previews
45
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you can get close seats as the dialogue is difficult to hear/understand with the actors not speaking loud enough.

Don't see it if You are expecting anything like what these reviews say. I left after the first intermission.

During previews
37
Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in world affairs The struggle for peace between Palestine and Israel. Second act a little too long

Don't see it if You just want to be entertained


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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