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Midwives

From 40 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

This world premiere thriller for George Street Playhouse was adapted by the author from his bestselling novel of the same name – an early selection of Oprah’s Book Club. More…

From the show:

This gripping tale of suspense and riveting courtroom drama will keep audiences on the edge of their seats from start to finish. When a major snowstorm breaks out during a routine at-home birth, cutting off all communication with the outside world, midwife Sibyl Danforth is forced to make an impossible decision. 


Member Reviews (40)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
86
Avg Score

90
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a show dealing w/ life and death, right and wrong. which does not have a conclusion w/ moral certitude

Don't see it if you are triggered by the death, perhaps preventable, of an innocent.

Also a brilliant 2nd Act overcomes a largely unnecessary 1st Act. The play ... Read more Read less

76
Relevant, Intelligent, Resonant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to support NJ theater and are open to disturbing subject matter. Well done. Good job bringing the novel to the stage.

Don't see it if you are pregnant or someone you love is.. would be deeply disturbing.

79
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like a good courtroom drama with a fulfilling ending that still makes you question right from wrong.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to witness the trauma of a failed midwife delivery.

Also Giving this a 79 because it's right on the cusp of "good" and "great."... Read more Read less

93
Profound, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if an intense legal drama exploring/questioning the ambiguity of medicine, the ripple effects of tragedy, and the very nature of justice

Don't see it if Triggered by depictions of difficult childbirth/blood. Seeking comedy. Not child-friendly

Also Yes, act 1 was almost entirely a dramatization of a troubled childbirt... Read more Read less

95
Intelligent, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Chris Bohjalian's books. This play from his book Midwives was beautifully interpreted and performed.

Don't see it if You don't want to be included in a challenging birthing experience portrayed on stage.

Also Not for children or young teens.

97
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You like intensity at the theatre - you like courtroom drama - you like intelligence

Don't see it if You're pregnant - looking for a light-hearted or musical evening

80
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like an absorbing yet disturbing story performed by very good actors

Don't see it if you are looking for a feel good show

88
Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a powerful staging of Bohjalian's riveting novel.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light-hearted night of theater.

80
Excellent staging, gave much to think about., Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like serious, thought provoking story line

Don't see it if If you only want to see musicals

87
Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You you enjoy and good drama, and an ending with a twist. I found myself sitting on the edge of my sit.

Don't see it if If you are squeemish I would not recommend. The childbirth scenes are realistic and intense

79
Wanted more, Relevant, Predictable, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like small, dramatic shows with elements of controversy and ambiguity. You don't mind a somewhat predictable ending.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big show, a musical, you're uncomfortable with ethical dilemmas or depictions of birth.

75
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like suspenseful courtroom dramas with great actors and a compelling, relatable story.

Don't see it if You are triggered by blood, premature death, or surgery.

79
Intelligent, Entertaining, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if Good acting, brisk direction and a lovely theater at the new NBPAC

Don't see it if If you don't want to watch intense scenes regarding childbirth

93
Clever, Thought-provoking, Must see, Intense, Great acting

See it if You like a thought provoking play that you will use your imagination.

Don't see it if You don’t like a mystery.

70
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if First half was slow moving and boring, The second half was better and quite a bit more interesting.

Don't see it if you don't care for some controversial topics.

86
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy absorbing plays and courtroom dramas

Don't see it if If you prefer comedies or musicals

79
Profound, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense

See it if You enjoy an intense play with some aspect of medical ethics and emotional decision-making. Heavy topic to process mostly in the second act

Don't see it if You are queasy about childbirth. There is a real-life labor and delivery scene during Act 1. so be prepared if you plan to see the show.

Also I know the show is based on a book.... Read more Read less

86
Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You like serious dramas, a show with a twist, and leaves you thinking.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained.

96
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a thought provoking story- This is not a musical or a comedy - for adults - it is serious but very well done. The acting was incredible

Don't see it if This was a serious story - could be disturbing to some

90
Intelligent, Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a thought provoking show.

Don't see it if don't like shows that make you think or are intense dramas.

100
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy drama that is worthy of Broadway.

Don't see it if If you want something light & uplifting.

90
Must see, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy real life intense court room drama and keep you on edge of your seat play. You decide what your verdict would be!!

Don't see it if If you prefer a light hearted , less intense and thought provoking play.

78
Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you like very detailed and explicit shows

Don't see it if you don't explicit and literal plays

90
Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if You’re in town and want to see a good show.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable watching labor or birth scenes.

85
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking dramas.

Don't see it if A childbirth scene gone wrong will be stressful to you.


January 29th, 2020
"World Premiere of 'MIDWIVES' at George Street Playhouse-An Engrossing Drama"
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January 31st, 2020
Score: 75%. "Chris Bohjalian's 1997 suspense novel has sold more than two million copies, and at least two previous attempts have been made to take it from page to stage."
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January 29th, 2020
"‘Midwives’ is evocative and unnerving in New Brunswick"
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January 27th, 2020
"A difficult stage delivery"
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