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Conscience

From 24 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging

About the show

This latest work by George Street Playhouse favorite Joe DiPietro ("The Second Mrs. Wilson," "Toxic Avenger," "Clever Little Lies") is a historical drama set during the Red Scare. More…

From the show:

Acting boldly against party lines, real-world Senator Margaret Chase Smith becomes one of the first to stand up against Joseph McCarthy in an extraordinary tale inspired by real events.


Member Reviews (24)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging
92
Avg Score

96
Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a really well done docudrama emphasizing the parallels of McCarthyism to today

Don't see it if you need your "historical" plays to be truly historical instead of using a true framework to create a work of fiction

Also Di Pietro seems to largely "create" the character of Jean McCarthy who... Read more Read less

91
Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a glimpse into two powerful historical figures whose stories are almost parallel to what is happening in politics today

Don't see it if you are scared of watching history repeat itself or are offended by stereotypes of the times

100
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A new take on a sad chapter on history, and a spotlight on an overlooked heroine.

Don't see it if You do not like to travel to New Jersey.

92
Relevant, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate well-written and acted dramas or if you have any interest in politics. It's a must-see if you're curious about McCarthy.

Don't see it if you're an unwavering and 100% committed Trump supporter. His name is never mentioned, but the comparisons to him are brilliant.

Also Two big hits from George Street Playhouse in a row. Of course it alway... Read more Read less

85
Profound, Indulgent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like smart plays about history and politics that are incredibly timely, with great actors and performances that tell an honest story

Don't see it if you do not like wordy plays that are about politics and the times that we are in, commentary on the government and politicians' lives

95
Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you Are interested in politics and the effects of morals, sexism and bravado on the workings of government. The interpersonal relationship

Don't see it if You don’t like plays based on history

Also were so perfectly acted making this play a gem worthy of seeing The cr... Read more Read less

95
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to learn about the McCarthy era, an important time in our political history that echoes eerily close to our current situation.

Don't see it if you have no interest in politics, history, thought-provoking plays or great acting. (That means everyone should see it).

70
Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see excellent actors in a well-staged play.

Don't see it if you are irritated by too many obvious applause lines.

100
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You have any interest in political history

Don't see it if You don't have any interest in politics, or its hustory

87
Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Covered many important topics. Acting is phenomenal. I really enjoyed t.

Don't see it if You are under 18

89
Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the McCarthy era, but don't know much about the background. Or if you want to know about the first female senator.

Don't see it if You want mindless entertainment.

Also Excellent acting. Some comic relief even though very serious. I had be... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Topical, Riveting

See it if you at all care about today’s train wreck of political environment, and how McCarthyism history may repeat itself if we are not careful.

Don't see it if you don’t like deep, thought-provoking plays. There are no break-outs of songs here!

90
Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Harriet Harris is brilliant. Historical drama, great acting, clever rejoinders and a political polemic that is interesting.

Don't see it if History is not your friend or you don't like great acting, rejoinders with bile, and excellence in crafty dialogue.

88
Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see how history repeats itself.

Don't see it if YoI've in denial if history repeats itself.

88
Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if The acting was superb! A great lesson about a dark period of American history. Harriet Harris was the perfect Margaret Chase Smith!

Don't see it if You don’t care for historical drama.

100
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in politics and history

Don't see it if If you are a diehard Trump supporter

91
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy engaging dramas and want to get a glimpse of history skillfully and powerfully portrayed.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy dramas and political history and like big staging

Also Senator Margaret Smith was a woman before her time and spoke her mind.... Read more Read less

97
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if See it if...You like a well acted and directed show based on moments in history that parallel current events.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want to see a musical.

96
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if ...you enjoy an intimate play with really great acting and would enjoy an important historical event brought to life.

Don't see it if ...you don't enjoy political stories or if you don't like to see history played out.

Also The actors here are the key to this play's success and they are truly ... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like brilliant and riviting storytelling, a fabulous cast, great staging, and a fascinating piece of history. It's a must-see!!

Don't see it if You don't appreciate seeing a stellar piece of theater.

95
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You like excellently acted, fast paced, well written, intelligent drama-tinged with humor and based on historical fact.

Don't see it if you don't believe that history repeats itself, and if you don't believe that anything can be learned by studying your country's history.

Also The playwright lays out very clearly the parallels between the state o... Read more Read less

80
Resonant, Wake steals the show, Great staging

See it if History, conflict

Don't see it if Drama, conflict

92
Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like stories related to history.

Don't see it if You want to see a a play that is light hearted and whimsical.

100
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I like historical plays that introduce me to people of courage that are not as well known as most. Best of the season so far in my opinion.

Don't see it if you were looking for a comedy or musical.


March 11th, 2020
"The Woman Who Stared Down the Red Scare: The hero of Joe DiPietro’s new comic drama is Margaret Chase Smith, a U.S. senator who had the rare courage to stand up to McCarthyism."
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March 10th, 2020
Score: 95% "The real-life confrontation between Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith and the red-baiting Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy is brilliantly explored in Joe DiPietro's new play Conscience, on stage at George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey."
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March 9th, 2020
"George Street Playhouse presents Joe DiPietro’s ‘Conscience’: A sense of decency in politics"
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March 10th, 2020
"DiPietro’s script often has the actors lamely setting scenes, reducing them to narrators shunting emotional impact. Largely the production ably and aptly gives voice to the naked ambition of D.C. – letting characters speak as themselves shines the drama brighter."
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