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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

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
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if If the Middle East conflict and its history interest you. Very well acted and staged. Just as tedious as the real negotiations.

Don't see it if If the Middle East politics turn you off

70
Great acting, Accomplished, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious

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

95
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to see one of the most searingly relevant new plays of the season. The production's sweeping scale fits perfectly in the Beaumont.

Don't see it if you don't want to see/learn how people can learn to work towards peace. There is no reason to miss this excellent play.

95
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you love a well-crafted play with excellent dialogue and outstanding acting.

Don't see it if politics isn't your thing

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if The story behind a story interests you. And for Jefferson Mays who always lights up the stage.

Don't see it if You can't sustain attention over a long second act.

Also I went knowing it was "a good play" but was surprised at how much I en... Read more Read less

83
Surpringly-funny, Slow, Long, Entertaining

See it if For the history buffs and those interested in foreign affairs, this is an interesting look at one chapter of the middle-east peace process

Don't see it if Though I largely enjoyed, I can see others bored, and it's often difficult to keep up with every plot point and the multitude of characters

Also Unlike seeing a musical at the Beaumont with the deeper stage utilized... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great staging

See it if If you want to see what international diplomacy is really like and how difficult it is to get opposing parties together

Don't see it if Straight plays with intense, intricate and relevant dialogue are not your thing. But see it anyway.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if History comes alive! Show is fascinating at every turn.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of real life in our time.

72
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if You like historical themes and/or the Israel/Palestine conflict interests you.

Don't see it if You don't care much about Israel/Palestine.

Also The characters are a bit cartoonish so that the intense emotion this p... Read more Read less

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

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.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if If you love great acting and have an interest in history. If you like shows that are thought provoking and reveal history you Might not know

Don't see it if You like short, light hearted uncomplicated plays

71
Ambitious, Disappointing, Epic, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an interesting drama that presents too many unnecessary details.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want excellent theater

Don't see it if Are looking for fluffy theater

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

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

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

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.

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

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.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Like a history lecture, Kind of stale

See it if you want to see a Tony-nominated play and cast delivering wonderful performances, even if the show comes across as a history class lecture.

Don't see it if you don't care about the humanitarian lessons of the failed Oslo Accords & the Arab-Israeli Peace Process. Also, the writing is a bit stale.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to experience OUTSTANDING B'way theatre. The overall production earns every penny of the cost of the seat. Truly a lesson in ART!

Don't see it if cannot sit in your chair for a 2 hour & 55 minute show with only one intermission. But it's worth the pains from not stretching your legs!

85
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Smart

See it if You enjoy learning whilst watching theatre, or want to know more about the US's contribution to the Israeli/Palestinian peace accords.

Don't see it if You prefer fictional story lines. Highly recommend seeing this show as it's resonant with current Middle Eastern relations. Fantastic acting

82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to see an intelligently written and perfectly performed play

Don't see it if If 2:45 is too long for you to sit

76
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if You are up for a riveting showcase of the intersection between politics and the personal - and one couple's sheer force of will

Don't see it if You think you will struggle with a 2 hour 55 minute running time and only 1 intermission.

Also I promise you will not notice the nearly 3 hour running time! This pla... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Resonant

See it if You want to see a show about an event in history You want to see a show with brilliant acting and directing

Don't see it if You can't sit through a 3 hour show You want to see something light

Also Absolutely amazing show. The writing, acting and direction of the show... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You like historical tales told well and love great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about real political incidents.


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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