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

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.

Unfulfilling, Okay, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you're interested in a unique perspective on a school shooting, you are interested in a short but intense show surrounding high emotions

Don't see it if you're expecting to feel new things after the show, you're hoping for intensity or drama, you want more time on deep subjects like this

Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like plays that deal with school Shootings

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that deal with important issues, but don’t go deep enough

Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Quiet, Heartfelt

See it if You like quiet intensity.

Don't see it if You like more "theatrical" acting. The acting, especially by the lead, is extremely subtle.

During previews
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
Unfocused, Topical, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see good acting in a heavy drama that has a somber tone.

Don't see it if You want something insightful. The play does not reach a conclusion.

During previews

See it if Technically sound production. "Safe" writing.

Don't see it if Looking for suspense or twists or turns.

Also The first and last scenes are excellent. Set, costume, and lighting te... Read more Read less

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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