Opens Jan 22 | 1h 10m | Midtown W

17 Minutes

From 80 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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 | Opens Jan 22 | TBG Mainstage Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (80)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant
85
Avg Score

79
Hard to take, but worth it, Absorbing

See it if You can examine the psyche of the grieving mother, the officer who was afraid to respond, his Captain, and others in a poignant portrayal.

Don't see it if You feel that some subjects are too sensitive to dramatize, in this case, a school shooting.

During previews
79
Strong acting, Meh staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you'd like interesting angle on school gun violence. 17 starts slow, but keeps improving w strong final scene. Small stage w bad sightlines

Don't see it if you want a fast pace; 17 drags a bit. Some chars in just 1 scene. Freq set chgs. Plot holes, but captures the devastation of a town.

During previews
85
Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Really great performances and insightful writing. New take on a timely theme.

Don't see it if issues around mass shootings are not for you.

Also The show is missing one scene for the main character to come to terms ... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Interesting perspective of the aftermath of a school shooting told through cops eyes. Really great performances! Last scene was WOW!

Don't see it if If the subject matter is too upsetting for you. This is the aftermath, so no violence is depicted on stage.

During previews
96
Intense, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You feel like there can never possibly be closure for the senseless gun violence that has taken hold of our society-especially in schools.

Don't see it if You’ve lost someone in a mass shooting or to gun violence of any sort this might hit too close to be tolerated.

Also I went into this without knowing what it was really about and it reall... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Clever, Disappointing, Overrated, Resonant, Great writing

See it if A well written play that deals with a school shooting and its aftermath.

Don't see it if Could have been better directed. Acting was not that good and made this play ordinary.

During previews
97
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if powerful acting, profile style stage perfect for this production, lighting perfect, great topic, how tragedy affects so many

Don't see it if needs more publicity

During previews
88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like character development where trauma leads human beings to act strangely. Here the cast enacts the individual tensions of a shooting.

Don't see it if you want a lot of action. This is a set of seven scenes mostly between two characters talking in a room. Triggers: shooting & realistic gun.

During previews
84
Relevant, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Professional & domestic discord arise for deputy who doesn't step up,but his femme colleague does.Guilt;butno reenactment/gunshots/flashback

Don't see it if Fallen Everyman case study measure of a man: "I don't want to be known for something I didn't do/I know I'm supposed to engage the shooter."

Also Title:"I came here to see what 17 minutes is like."

During previews
93
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Gripping drama

See it if you appreciate a giant of a play on a tiny stage. This is a powerful and relevant drama for our times, very moving and thought provoking.

Don't see it if you don't like talk about school shootings or violence. There is no actual violence, just talk of what happened.

Also You become involved with the characters of this wonderful play. They r... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Great acting

See it if You want to see the aftermath of a school shooting from different points of view of those affected. Raw emotions.

Don't see it if The detective doing the questioning in 1st scene is miscast. This is his off Broadway debut and he felt one dimensional. Rest of cast great.

During previews
61
Lacks emotion, Disappointing

See it if Want to see a play that deals with the aftermath of a school shooting.

Don't see it if You are expecting a big lavish production. This is very much blackbox theater.

Also “The thing with feathers”, Scott Oregon’s last play was one of my favo... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Interesting premise, Mostly absorbing, Slow-paced, Some fine acting

See it if Want to consider psychological aftermath of trauma from unexpected POV. Character studies shown as series of vignettes. It mostly works.

Don't see it if Difficult subject plays out somberly w solid performances from ensemble cast. But, it has few moments of drama & parts stretch credulity.

Also The pace is slow and might be improved during the preview period as ac... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are interested in examining the same event from several POV's; a scared deputy's lack of action described..

Don't see it if dark, uncomfortable subject matter turns you off; you prefer light comedy or musicals; you dislike guns on stage.

Also I found it interesting to view this deputy's lack of action as perceiv... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Very well done

See it if You like topical and relevant plays

Don't see it if You want a deeper more satisfying work.

During previews
83
Grim drama of a cop devastated by a school shooting

See it if Grim aftermath of a school shooting. No violence in the play. Resonant, relevant story. Fine performances by the lead cop and his wife

Don't see it if Intense one hour and 15 minutes drama. Begins with cop's interrogation. Dramatic encounters with shooter's father and a victim's mother.

During previews
87
Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Character study about aftermath of school shooting dealing with guilt, responsibility, judgement. Great acting, simple, effective staging.

Don't see it if Can't handle difficult subject matter. A few scenes in the middle section could be tightened a bit.

During previews
89
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An intimate character study of those affected by a school shooting. Realistically acted and directed.

Don't see it if The topic is difficult for you or you are looking for a big political drama.

Also Even though the theater is small, the actors were hard to hear at time... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Profound, Riveting, Intelligent, Relevant, Insightful

See it if you like an extremely well crafted play with superb acting/directing that tackles the psychological crisis of an individual & his community,

Don't see it if you dislike serious delving into a story of a mass school shooting and the horrible effects it had on a main character & the community.

During previews
100
Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant, Must see

See it if you want to experience almost first hand the emotional trauma and effects on relationships to everyone involved in a school mass shooting.

Don't see it if you can’t handle deep sadness/fear from living terror act with indirect victims of it/sit 90 min, you’re closed to multiple perspectives.

Also Every actor in this play is real and very talented.

During previews
83
Resonant, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a well conceived character study, watching a man's "manliness" fuel his descent.

Don't see it if you need profound drama or action in your shows. You need unpredictability

Also This is a really well-written character study with great acting and st... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Relevant

See it if More focus on the police's perspective in a school shooting than the family / victim. The moment of an angry mother was the most powerful.

Don't see it if Guns / school shootings are triggering. Puts some blame on the police, when it really should be on gun control, not more police in schools.

Also Diversity: almost all White cast except one cop was Black. Set in a wo... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Must see, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Powerful & moving theatrical experience which gives a prospective of the aftermath of a school shooting, in a small town. I was on my seat!

Don't see it if This is not a feel good play. If you want to walk out feeling great then skip this one. This is a very realistic drama.

Also Go see it before it moves to a larger house! This is a small gem! Brav... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Excellent acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy well-constructed slice of life, "ripped from the headlines" dramas, performed by a good ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you're looking for an in depth study of the why of school shootings or a fully staged play.

Also This was good, but I didn't like it as much as The Thing with Feathers... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Great writing, Great acting, Slow burn, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if as a timely piece on a relentlessly tragic phenomenon that engages instantly & keeps you in a slow burn. Cast & writing don't disappoint.

Don't see it if Definitely worth seeing. Emotional and painful, yes, but effective & on point. "In-the-round" stage; cast & staff deftly manage few props.

Also Once again the Barrow Group has produced compelling play worth experie... Read more Read less


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