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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
86
Avg Score

70
Ambitious, Confusing, Frustrating, Shouty, Long

See it if You want a three-hour drama of people shouting at each other about the Middle East. It's exactly what it claims to be, decide if it appeals

Don't see it if You're liable to get offended by viewpoints about the Middle East, don't enjoy people shouting, or want a play with a satisfying ending.

76
Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like historical plays, you enjoy when plays break the 4th wall and you have no trouble with accents.

Don't see it if you have any sort of hearing issue.

Also I think this play is interesting and worth knowing. That being said, I... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Great ensemble acting, Endlessly relevant

See it if You’re up for a tight ensemble skillfully laying out & exposing a brief moment of hope in the endlessly complex & ongoing political drama.

Don't see it if You’re ignorant of history and want to keep it that way, or dislike plays about history. Or thinking.

Also A terrific script, cast and production take on and make clear, underst... Read more Read less

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

See it if reenactment of behind the scenes history and a fresh perspective on negotiations of Israel/Palestinian complex coexistence fascinates you.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span, cannot hear or understand rapid, overlapping dialog in non-American dialect, or hold traditional PC views

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Intelligence and humor. Great acting. Historical relevance.

Don't see it if Long and talky

75
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy political theme plays, want to see a great cast do an amazing job and don't mind sitting for almost 3 hours.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 3 hours, if you are not politically minded. While the cast was amazing, the subject matter was boring & confusing.

92
Masterful, Intelligent, Surprisingly funny, Riveting, Must see

See it if you are interested in socio-political drama. To be educated as well as entertained at the theater. Writing, acting, directing all excellent.

Don't see it if you want to see a light, fluffy show. However, this is so well done that I recommend it even if not your usual cup of tea. If you are tired.

83
Masterful, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting

See it if you are interested in how political progress is made in long, hard, behind-the-scenes negotiation of a centuries old problem

Don't see it if you are disinterested in the topic of Palestinian/Israeli history; don't want to put on the effort to focus on the talky-talky-talk

Also The Vivian Beaumont is way too 'arena-like" for such an intimate, talk... Read more Read less

87
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you enjoy a really good drama sprinkled with humor

Don't see it if you don't like long shows - running time 2:50 including intermission

88
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Riveting

See it if you enjoy amazing ensemble acting, international diplomacy, politics, and stories based on true events.

Don't see it if there is absolutely no reason not to see this outstanding production.

79
Ambitious, Intense

See it if you like great performances and Middle East history. Long, detailed play gives historical perspective to the Oslo accords.

Don't see it if you don't like historical dramas. The meat of the play is in the character interactions. Best like this type of play.

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Profound, Resonant

See it if nary a peep or cough in a full house for the duration is a credit to the playwright, ensemble cast and creatives; Mays and Ehle are great

Don't see it if don't see if if you don't care for foreign policy or historical drama

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

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if have an interest in politics or the mid-east. Great cast; the show feels very fact based, but it's a history we never heard about

Don't see it if you have no interest in the mid-east, the political process or diplomacy

85
Great acting, Great writing, Bold idea, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if You like great story-telling of improbably-play plots, follow current events, superb ensemble acting, diverse voices and POVs on stage.

Don't see it if You dislike history, serious topics, hold hardline views on either side of Palestine-Israel. Actually - hardliners really MUST see it!

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You want to be challenged, are not put off by dialogue-heavy shows, and don't mind the length--it's long (3 hours).

Don't see it if You want fluff, don't like politics or history, or want Disney.

74
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you are interested in a well-acted modern historical drama/if you have interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Don't see it if you do not like very wordy pieces/modern history does not interest you

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

See it if f you want to see a thought-provoking play dealing with the complex issues that divide the Israelis and Palestinians.

Don't see it if if you have no interest in middle-east politics or have a point of view that you don’t want challenged

Also This play embraced humanity as it defined the process for those who pa... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You enjoy historical dramas; you like plays involving middle east tensions

Don't see it if You can't sit through a 3 hour production with 1 intermission; you only like fun plays

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, Masterful, Riveting, Resonant

See it if If you like historical plays. First act a little slow, but was very moving. Also very funny moments.

Don't see it if If you want to see a like hearted play.

76
Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if Your interested in international political history and realize that this three hour play is very wordy which you may like hearing.

Don't see it if Your attention span is unable to listen to the endless conflict between Palestinian and Israeli politicians. Not into talkie plays 3 hrs.

95
Crackling, Bold, Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You like great theatre, great stories, current events, a fast pace, a true-ish story, history, hope

Don't see it if You don't like history as theatre, don't like politics or current events, gave a closed mind to the Middle East conflict

Also Jefferson Mays deserves The Tony. Great ensemble performance too. Well... Read more Read less

70
Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Too long

See it if If you like political drama. There are some light moments. The show moved fast.

Don't see it if You don't like political dramas. Yoou are not interested in the PLO-Israeli issue.

Also I found the show interesting. It moved fast, but was way too long. Tha... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like historical drama done in an straight forward way

Don't see it if you get bored easily with wordy plays. It is very overlong.


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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