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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing
84
Avg Score

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
75
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
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
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

During previews
97
Profound, Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're not afraid of having the conversation about school shootings and guns in America. You like an intimate theatre (audience faces each

Don't see it if other), with awesome actors. Don't see it if the topic triggers you, if seeing a gun frightens you, or if you're opposed to harsh language.

Also I actually could've stood to HEAR gunshots, in the preamble (beginning... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a powerful drama about a real life event

Don't see it if you find the topic of mass shootings too difficult.

During previews
83
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Well-acted, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a powerful play about guilt and accountability that takes place after a school shooting.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted or elaborate production. This is a heavy drama that consists of a series of two-person scenes and a bare-bones set.

During previews
70
More stilted than real, Highly predictable, Characters affected by school mass-shooting

See it if You’d like character studies of deputy who froze while crazy 15-year-old killed 12 classmates; his partner; wife; killer’s dad; sad mom, etc

Don't see it if You’d dislike a somewhat slow-motion & stilted emotional spinning machine of a play. Not much meat on these highly predictable bones.

Also This production is technically excellent & every actor here did a grea... Read more Read less

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

See it if you are interested in psychology and the various ways events affect people

Don't see it if you like comedy, you are a fan of guns, you don't care about gun control

Also This play was riveting and very well done. The only problem is that it... Read more Read less

During previews
69
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
83
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a well acted, well directed play about a school shooting and the effects on the families community and the police...well done...

Don't see it if you don't want a heavy drama that stings...

During previews
73
Intense, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in seeing a slow burn character study.

Don't see it if You want a comedy.

Also Some of the early scenes are very slow paced and I felt I was 2 steps ... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Slow at times, Super realistic, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing staging

See it if Aftermath of a school gunshot; perspectives of various agents; all actors are great; playwright aims to provoke but not to resolve

Don't see it if Audience seated at both sides of a middle ground/stage, can see others’ faces in scenes; 80 min no intermission; super depressing ending

During previews
72
Resonant, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You like topical plays that present their story as almost vignettes . Enjoy good dialogue and a few powerful moments.

Don't see it if You want strong characters and clear character arcs. Enjoy narratives.

Also This play is basically a situation. In the end if you tried to describ... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if A community tries to heal after a tragedy

Don't see it if Play some about school violence

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

See it if a tight drama about the aftermath of a school shooting with themes of judgement & forgiveness seems like your thing. Excellent production.

Don't see it if you want something light and less intense or prefer pure entertainment that doesn't challenge you

During previews
81
Flimsy, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if A well written, superbly acted, authentic-feeling play about the aftermath of a school shooting interests you.

Don't see it if It’s as bleak as it sounds. While it feels realistic, the story does not go in any unexpected places. At the end, feels a bit pointless.

Also Clearly inspired by the Parkland shooting deputy sheriff who was paral... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Interesting play about a school shooting and the after effects of an officer's activity during the tragedy. Good storyline kept me engaged

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter. Play ran about 75 minutes. Good acting, lighting, and simple set design made for an interesting evening

During previews
78
Distracting staging, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in a story about the aftermath of a U.S. school shooting. A thought provoking exploration of bravery vs. cowardice.

Don't see it if The topic is off putting. If sad, intense works don’t appeal to you. If you want more insight into the characters, or why shootings happen.

Also 17 Minutes is smartly written and well acted by the entire cast. The m... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Must see, Profound, Absorbing

See it if If you want to know what happens to security people when a shooting occurs in a school.People have very strong emotions about these particul

Don't see it if If you want to see an elaborate set or for that matter some name actors.If you want to deal with a subject which occurs in the US.

Also ar shootings because they involve our children.This play is about the ... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Intense drama examining how pepl's behavior is affected forever after HS shooting.Solid production&moving story exhibiting themes of guilt,*

Don't see it if You want to be politically correct and avoid the serious issue.

Also judgment, accountability and forgiveness.... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see current news (with a decidedly progressive perspective) brought to life in an intelligent professional production.

Don't see it if you want a two sided argument -- although it pretends to be fair -- a gun rights person would not sympathize with this protagonist here.

During previews
85
Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want a very well done play that explores a school shooting from perspectives we don't usually take. Rebuts "good guy w/ a gun" argument

Don't see it if you can't handle the topic.


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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