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

Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if Very socially relevant about gun control and the dangers of mass school shootings.

Don't see it if you want laughs.

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.

Relevant, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you want to see a unique take on the culture of school shootings.

Don't see it if guns on stage make you uncomfortable.

Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Profound, Absorbing

See it if It’s a great play with great actors.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something funny.. this is not your show.

Must see, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Theater was small making the experience very intimate, no sets just props so the acting had to be flawless and it was for every character.

Don't see it if I cant provide a reason not to see it.

Resonant, Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if HIghly relevant look into aftermath on key characters' lives after a school shooting that changes things forever

Don't see it if Want to see light happy-ending type play

Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if It was really good! Suspenseful and attention getting

Don't see it if Like stage settings

During previews
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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