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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
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

79
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to know about the history of the Oslo Peace Accord and see great acting.

Don't see it if you like plays that are fast paced. Although the play was slow and could have been an hour shorter, it has a lot to say.

Also Although I found it hard to sit so long for the play, it was very wort... Read more Read less

70
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if you like good acting and middle eastern politics

Don't see it if you have read the newspaper , don't like talky shows with little action ,or set design

70
Long, Thought-provoking

See it if you're curious.

Don't see it if 3 hours is too many for you.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, The saddest thing about this curious (true) story is that while is demonstrated the possibility of peace, twenty-two years later we are still in the same ruts.

See it if You want engaging theater. You are curious about the mechanics of peace. Terrific performances turn you on.

Don't see it if You don't have an open mind about settling the Arab-Israeli conflict. You think politics makes poor theater. You like happy endings.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Masterful

See it if you're a fan of great theatre and/or you're interested in the process leading to the Oslo peace accords.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the subject.

94
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Funny

See it if U doubt that showing behind the scenes peace negotiations could make for a thrilling theatrical experience; diplomats are real "characters".

Don't see it if You have no interest in historical process, don't understand that diplomacy is created by people and that peace is a possibility even now.

90
Clever, Great staging, Epic, Masterful

See it if you enjoy a modern take of confrontational Brechtian epic theater with heavy political theme

Don't see it if you're not a fan of politics on stage and prefer a naturalistic stagecraft

96
Book your flight

See it if Dazzling language, expert cast now working together forever. Mays and Ehle excellent hosts, leading cast and audience through a labyrinth.

Don't see it if you disdain history plays and another rehash of the Mideast conflict. Very spare scenery and business attire costumes impede a perfect score

Also Tony watch is on in multiple categories. Great projections, which do n... Read more Read less

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

See it if you like political drama. if you're into humor-leavened play about front burner world issues. if you love Ehle/ Mays...so great.

Don't see it if you can't focus for 3 hours. Could have been trimmed. If you like a costume change---none here over one year time span!

80
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You are hopeful about the world and can't get enough about politics and would like to believe that change can happen despite the immovable.

Don't see it if This was challenging and depressing yet hopeful. Great acting but long.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You have an appetite for ideas, politics and the human aspect of world changing events. Be prepared to listen closely

Don't see it if You don't like political theatre, or don't think theatre should address contemporary politics

80
Ambitious, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in the potential and limits of diplomacy and want to see an even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Don't see it if You'll be overwhelmed by a very long, very dense work that appeals to the brain much more than the heart. It's more educational than moving.

Also Even at three hours, the play seems to be straining at its seams. It f... Read more Read less

81
Ambitious, Intelligent, Funny, Intense

See it if Like Intelligent historical dramas. Surprised at the humor.

Don't see it if Do not like Very long, talky plays wilh lots of shouting. Sure lot of yelling/shouting at talks but here realism should have been tempered

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you enjoy a beautifully staged production. Masterful acting from the entire cast. Pacing is solid and a nice history lesson.

Don't see it if if you can't sit through a three hour play.

75
Ambitious, Epic, Relevant

See it if You are a history buff

Don't see it if You want something light

100
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you want a remarkable true story portrayed by an even more remarkable cast! It's resonant, relevant, & engaging the whole way through.

Don't see it if politics & relationships don't interest you. The play does a great job in providing context & history, a great feat with such a large cast.

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Fantastic acting, Long

See it if you enjoy intense, well acted drama based on actual events in recent history - that I really was very ignorant about. Whole cast was amazing

Don't see it if you don't like shows where you cant enjoy the build up of tension cause you already know the ending. It is 3 hours with one intermission

87
Great writing, Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you'd like a well written play. One of the best in recent years.

Don't see it if you dislike theatre.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if Provides a rare glimpse into the intricacies of diplomatic relations and sadly the vagaries of achieving piece in the Middle East

Don't see it if If you are fanatically against the two independent state solution, among Israeli and Palestinians

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if historical plays

Don't see it if lots of details and facts

79
Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent, Slow, Overrated

See it if you're well versed in politics and you have a solid attention span.

Don't see it if your ideal night at the theater is 90 minutes and no intermission

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to see a very talented cast performing an interesting real life event.

Don't see it if you want a short show or a fantastical story.

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

85
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if you want to see a cast masterfully act out an important time in recent history.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light-hearted night out.


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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