Already closed | 1h 10m | Midtown W

17 Minutes

From 136 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

This new play looks at the aftermath of a school shooting, where a sheriff's deputy's search for redemption prompts a community to ask—what will we be known for? More…

From the show:

In the aftermath of a school shooting, Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Rubens must come to terms with the choices he made during the tragedy. In Scott Organ’s spellbinding new play, one man’s search for redemption prompts a community to ask—what will we be known for?

1h 10m | Already closed | TBG Mainstage Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (136)


Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing
Avg Score

Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Hard to watch a show about Parkland, but an inventive angle with raw performances. Well told, well staged. Made me think a lot after!

Don't see it if Shows about mass shootings/trauma are tough for you.

Relevant, Devastating, Moving, Edgy, Riveting

See it if Gripping drama about a sheriff's deputy who freezes during a shooting. Short scenes during the weeks that follow. I cried at the end.

Don't see it if You don't want an intense emotional experience in an intimate theater.

Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You’re up for a deep dive into the human condition. What we know isn’t the same as what we believe. When the two divide, who are we?

Don't see it if you come to the theater to be amused. This is the serious business of a human soul disintegrating before your very eyes.

Aftermath of public school shooting massacre; tells story of sheriff's deputy guarding school who froze for 17 minutes; shows kids not the only victims of these mass shootings

See it if community ripped apart by violence; perceptive study of how deputy scapegoated for society's ills; script surprises/gripping final scene

Don't see it if hollow response of deputy w/o PTSD strains credulity; static staging; no payoff or catharsis, only numbness, by end

Great set, Uneven acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like well written plays dealing with current topics.Larry Mitchell is itch perfect in the lead.Some other performances are a bit weak.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and frothy.This will touch you and make you think.What would you do in that situation?

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

See it if very emotional story that shows other aspects of school shootings - the guards, the what-ifs; don't want didactic/preachy

Don't see it if want light topic; don't want the trauma of school shooting, want elaborate stage; don't want extremely emotional story

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if you are interested in a show that is heart-wrenching and timely, exploring different aspects of a school shooting from a unique perspective.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that talk about violence or small venues.

Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see how one tragic event affects those associated with those involved.

Don't see it if you are triggered by high school gun violence.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you care about school shootings & the unexpected as well as anticipated consequences. Very well written & Larry Mitchell was excellent.

Don't see it if you prefer happy musicals.

Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Really not an issue play.The playwright chose the situation as a way to explore such things as grief, guilt,masculinity, accountability,etc

Don't see it if You are expecting a history lesson or a gun control debate. The play is loosely based on Parkland shooting but explores so much more.

Also Organ is a master at dialogue and naturalism. And at building tension ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You like pared down productions about serious subjects. No easy answers just an exploration of the complicated nature of school shootings

Don't see it if You want a fancy set and an easy night out This explores a school shooting from various perspectives of people involved

Hit on 17

See it if You enjoy ripped from the headlines drama that goes way beyond the procedural.

Don't see it if You hate violence or taking elevators to theaters.

Also 17M is gripping and keeps building force and momentum with each polish... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play carefully crafted and acted that deals with a Parkland-type school shooting and the effects on the survivors.

Don't see it if You do not want to see good play on a sober subject. Dealing with a school-shooting subject would affect you too deeply

Also This play was just right - not too long, not too short, not too preach... Read more Read less

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

See it if are open to an affecting drama dealing with an important and complicated social issue -- school shootings. Shows all sides of this issue.

Don't see it if you want a fun and frothy time. This play digs deep into the strong emotions generated when a school shooting affects so many so seriously.

Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if U appreciate great acting and thought provoking material. It was very relevant and poignant asking what do you want to known for??.

Don't see it if U prefer musicals or don't want to have to think too much or be moved by the performance.

Masterful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like to hear & think about many different aspects of a school shooting. Excellent acting by Larry Mitchell in the main role. Absorbing.

Don't see it if you can not handle hearing about violence during mass school shootings with assault rifles.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a play about the aftermath of a school shooting told from different perspectives.

Don't see it if You want to see something light. Subject of school shootings triggers something in you. Want a show with elaborate sets

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if A play that deal with school shootings and the aftermath on others

Don't see it if Quiet intelligent look at these events are too upsetting to you. It is a sad play

Also Performances are low key and effective but one dimensional. The play i... Read more Read less

Slow, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent

See it if Difficult subject matter. Good acting. Deals more of a cop's response at time of shooting than shooting itself

Don't see it if Does have quite some down time and feel need to develop a bit further


See it if You like plays that examine one characters exploration of the 7 stages of grief.

Don't see it if You don't want to be exposed to anything that deals with gun or school violence.

Also Well acted, well staged.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you are comfortable with seeing art about a tough subject, a school shooting, and all those affected by such tragedy. Strong acting and set.

Don't see it if a heavy introspective piece about where fault lies and how it's impossible to kwow how we would act is not something you want to think about

Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Simple, sad tale told in the wake of a school shooting, meandering writing, solid cast, good Brian Rojas, super Lee Brock.

Don't see it if Kinda slow, heavy-handed, only comes alive very late in the play in a scene with a mother of a dead student.

Cliched, Taut and gripping

See it if even if you feel you know enough about school shootings. This is a nuanced 85 minute high wire act.

Don't see it if the subject matter upsets you or you “just want to be entertained.”

Also I hope people see this play with an open mind. It’s not an anti-gun po... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you want a heavy night at the theatre with a very topical play.

Don't see it if you'll be exhausted after 90 minutes without levity.

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

See it if you want to see an unusual and thoughtful take on school shootings. The cast is excellent.

Don't see it if school shootings or gun violence are a trigger or are not topics of interest.

January 22nd, 2020
"Organ and company have taken on tough -- maybe impossible -- assignment in 17 Minutes, and, to their credit, everyone involved never exploits its central situation for easy tears. But such reticence, however admirable, also curbs the play's drama."
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January 22nd, 2020
"'17 Minutes' tackles one of the most pressing contemporary social problems facing the United States...Organ's play accomplishes what the theatre does best: It presents this issue not as an emotionally fraught intellectual argument, but as a complicated and compassionate human drama."
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January 23rd, 2020
"Despite all, the play is somehow not depressing. There's something about the stark honesty of Organ's story and of the production itself that lends the play a kind of grace. This is an extraordinary piece of theater that should be widely seen."
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February 25th, 2020
Score: 95% "'17 Minutes' does not preach to us what we already know...It presents each character's despair and confusion about their various roles with a tender hand and deep respect for the complications inherent in being on the front lines of this problem."
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