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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

99
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy shows about the history of the Middle East. See it is you want to be smarter than you are now. Oh, just see it.

Don't see it if you cannot sit through almost three hours of absorbing drama performed by a top-notch cast. Don't see it if the word "f..k" bothers you.

Also This drama makes you laugh numerous times as it explains the diplomati... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy learning the back story of a major event that almost brought peace between Israel and Palestine. Great ensemble acting and staging

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment. This is a serious play that requires your attention to dialog and the action of each actor.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a historical recreation of circumstances which provides a greater depth of understanding.

Don't see it if you are looking for something funny or need to see a musical

89
Moving, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you love Bartlett Sher's direction and the type of play that makes history that may seem boring human and facinating

Don't see it if you hate straight plays

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy the reenactment of historical events. excellent writing and acting. 3 hours but went by fairly fast.

Don't see it if I felt both elated by the idea that a few people could almost bring the world together in peace and sad that the struggle is still ongoing,

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like plays about political intrigue, are interested in Middle East politics, don't mind sitting through a 3-hour dramedy.

Don't see it if you cannot sit through a 3-hour play, dislike politics, are offended by a presumptuous theme of moral equivalency no matter how well acted,

90
Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy political based plays. A play that makes you think about hope and shows you that working together can make it possible.

Don't see it if you hate long plays. The play runs 3 hours and can be a bit draggy in parts. Also if you absolutely hate tons of dialogue.

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

89
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like to learn about history. Want to see great acting. Want a great story. See people coming together for a greater good.

Don't see it if You don't like a talky show.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like to understand recent history.

Don't see it if You prefer epic musicals. This is a slow, talkly drama.

95
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to see an excellently crafted piece of theatre that inspires thoughtfulness outside of the current political bubble.

Don't see it if You have no interest in political drama. You don't like to see controversial topics from both sides.

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

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!

94
Clever, Riveting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like intense drama and don't mind 3hrs of theatre - the acting is superb and i was enthralled the entire time - read the lobby book B4

Don't see it if if you like 1 act 90 min no intermission plays so you can get home early

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

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

85
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you are interested in history, politics, little-known stories about people making a difference against the odds, plays about ideas.

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood for a long, talky play that requires a lot of focus.

86
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy well written, well acted historical pieces.

Don't see it if If you can not sit for 3 hours.

94
Absorbing, Masterful, Funny, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want a sharp, funny, and ultimately hopeful play that delves into how we do/don't connect with people different from ourselves.

Don't see it if you aren't up for a 3 hr play on historical/political minutiae (it doesn't feel that long but still requires your intellectual engagement).

95
Amazing production, Great acting, Bartlett scher's direction is brilliant., Loved it!

See it if you enjoy watching a brilliant cast bring the events of the '90s to vivid life. Great production!

Don't see it if it's flu season. Woman next to me sneezed most of the show. Had to give her some tissues. Also, it's a long show, almost 3 hours, but it'

Also brilliant and I truly enjoyed it.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the middle east political situation. Excellent acting and absorbing dialogue.

Don't see it if you don't like serious subjects.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if You enjoy modern history plays, deep dives on intense topics, & masterful performances from a stacked cast. Tony for Michael Aronov please!

Don't see it if You're not into talky, intense, slow building dialogue. Characters a bit difficult to follow at times, accents can be off-putting.

Also This play deserves a long healthy run and a Best Play Tony. No questio... Read more Read less

82
Historical, Educational, Relevant, Intelligent, Long

See it if You have a strong interest in Middle Eastern polical affairs and peace prospects.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy a three hour dialog between factions that are beginning to hear and understand the position of each other.

70
Clever, Great acting, Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in politically- and historically-themed dramas.

Don't see it if You prefer shorter plays with more action and less dialogue.


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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