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.
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.
"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."
"'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."
"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."
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."
"Does little to illuminate either the issue itself or the unavoidable problem of assigning blame. The…characters never engage us deeply enough for us to care. There's also little that's distinctively original…and the ultimate point…doesn't move the needle."