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War Horse

From 239 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Clever, Ambitious

About the show

'War Horse', which won the Tony Award for Best Play, chronicles the journey of a boy and his horse during World War I, through theatrical puppetry and innovative storytelling. More…

'War Horse' travels from the verdant English countryside to the fields of France and Germany at the outbreak of World War I. A boy's beloved horse has been sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, the horse serves on both sides of the war, and survives an odyssey that leaves him alone in no-man's land. The boy, now a young man, cannot forget his horse, and embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Member Reviews (239)


Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Clever, Ambitious
Avg Score

Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Problematic plot, Well acted

See it if you are fascinated by brilliant staging and don't mind a weak underlying plot. The horse is more impt than all the men dying? Really?

Don't see it if you only respond to insightful scripts. The staging was dazzling, creative, memorable. I took my son and loved how much he loved it!

Original, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if amazing and super creative production. Great story. A million times better than the movie version.

Don't see it if you can't abstract the puppet horse.

Absorbing, Epic, Ambitious, Great staging, Riveting

See it if You want to see a unique staging of an epic, war-time play.

Don't see it if You can't stand plays about war.

Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if stab yourself in the eyes. This play is everything that is wrong with theater. I hear so many people say they like this but they just say

Don't see it if that because its the sexy thing to say. Yes, it was different but different is not always good.

Intense, Refreshing, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you're looking for a serious play with innovative staging. The work with puppets is well executed.

Don't see it if you want something lighter and more comedic.

Ambitious, Epic, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Excellent historical play, great puppets that don't distract but help create the experience

Don't see it if You want a light play; remember, this is a world war

Absorbing, Clever, Original

See it if you are interested in an innovative telling of a historical drama

Don't see it if you require absolute verisimilitude in your theatrical endeavors

Absorbing, Great staging, Original, Intense, Must see

See it if you love a great story

Don't see it if want to see a story about a horse.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you like puppetry and design, you have an interest in WWI, you want to be moved.

Don't see it if you can't take loud noises or flashes of light.

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if like well staged plays with a heartfelt story and excellent use of puppetry.

Don't see it if are looking for a light hearted play or comedy.

Ambitious, Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Must see

See it if you enjoy stellar performances and masterful storytelling! The puppetry is magnificent and you believe the animals are real!

Don't see it if stories about war and destruction aren't for you.

Absorbing, Great staging, Profound

See it if if it ever comes back. It was touching, clever, amazing to watch and experience.

Don't see it if not an option since it closed

Also I saw this at Lincoln Center in Nov 2012. I saved the playbill and wro... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want to see a masterful example of exquisite story-telling, with great imagination and thrilling staging.

Don't see it if intricate large-scale puppetry is not your thing no matter how cleverly used and how moving the story

Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Masterful, Life-size puppetry

See it if you'd like one of the best dramatic puppetry shows ever, besides for the rousing tale of one man's love for his horse. Also fabulous acting.

Don't see it if This includes some violence and loud explosions apropos of the setting during WWI. It could scare little kids.

Great staging, Masterful, Intelligent, Riveting, Enchanting

See it if you want to be astounded & love the magic of live theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy, or you're not a history buff.

Original, Epic, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

See it if You love historical epics and excellent puppetry. Very emotionally draining, but worth it. Ensemble shines. You'll forget they are puppets.

Don't see it if You're not prepared for a dramatic, gripping, emotional WWI tale. There are no obvious stars either, this is a true ensemble show.

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You want to be moved and amazed at the art of puppetry, at the end of the show you don't notice the puppeteers. Stunning.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that are a little slow.

Overrated, Riveting, Original, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if great story, acting, staging and puppeteers

Don't see it if a little bit slow and depressing

Cliched, Dated, Intelligent, Original, Slow

See it if You are more into plays than musicals.

Don't see it if You are looking for something uplifting.

Exquisite, Great staging

See it if you want to see excellent puppetry. The horses come alive.

Don't see it if you like complex storytelling. It pounds over your head WAR IS BAD, which you probably knew going in. Characters are 2d.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Resonant, Profound

See it if you love animals, have a soft spot in your heart in general

Don't see it if you don't like cheesy movies or you don't like stagecraft as a form of entertainment

Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You need to see what all the acclamation is about. But leave at intermission--it doesn't get better.

Don't see it if You need a real story in your dramas. This show just gives you the usual boy-loves-horse stuff. The puppetry is a gimmick.

Entertaining, Great staging, Original, Absorbing

See it if like original puppetry.

Don't see it if don't like to see puppet handlers on stage.

Clever, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great staging, Profound

See it if you want to be floored by incredible puppetry and a supremely moving story, but be warned: it's dark. No bad seat in the house.

Don't see it if you don't want to think at a show. You want something upbeat and comedic. You don't like seeing scenes depicting war.

Absorbing, Great staging, Epic, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to be transported and see incredible puppet work

Don't see it if you want something funny and upbeat

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