17 Minutes
Closed 1h 10m
17 Minutes
84

17 Minutes NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(137 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
5%
Negative
0%
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?

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Member Reviews (137)

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539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
86
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.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
85
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.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
83
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.

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
80
Prophetic before uvaldi shooting, 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 static staging; no payoff or catharsis, only numbness, by end

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
89
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?

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
88
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

384 Reviews | 54 Followers
80
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.

302 Reviews | 96 Followers
84
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.

Critic Reviews (5)

Lighting & Sound America
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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Talkin' Broadway
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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TheaterScene.net
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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Front Row Center
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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Theatre's Leiter Side
January 22nd, 2020

"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."
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