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
97
Relevant, Deeply moving, Great writing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You care about these horrible mass shootings and those involved. It’s sensitivity and care brought me to tears WELL WORTH SHEDDING. 💕💕💕

Don't see it if If you don’t want to feel sadness or pain or love. Don’t see it if you want a care free evening (that you well deserve Im sure 🙏🏽).

Also Larry Mitchell is masterful and his truth touched me deeply. He was so... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, 17 minutes separate a hero and a coward, A study of cowardice on duty, when courage is a required quality for a law enforcement job, Perfectly illustrates what living with ptsd is like, Cathartic

See it if You enjoy plays with ‘ripped-from-the-headlines’ dramatic story-lines.

Don't see it if You get easily overwhelmed watching actors playing distressed characters on stage.

Also This play transported the audience into the mind of a school-based law... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Great acting

See it if You prefer realistic plays about current issues haunting our country.

Don't see it if You prefer entertainment and don’t want to be emotionally invested.

Also I found the acting to be across the board excellent, especially the pe... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you like stories about legal enforcement

Don't see it if you do not like tragedy and the recovery from such

During previews
95
Moving, honest, intelligent

See it if you want to experience how ordinary people react to a profoundly horrific event.

Don't see it if re-imagining the aftermath of a mass shooting will upset you.

Also This production has everything live theater should deliver. A deeply m... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Thought-provoking

See it if You like dramas. you like small intimate theatre about events currently effecting us.

Don't see it if You want something that will not provoke emotions.

Also Nice use of space. Writing is pretty solid. One cast member is not up ... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Absorbing

See it if You like plays that are a depiction of a character's assessment of themselves.

Don't see it if You like plays that are plot heavy and aren't character studies.

Also Great performances by the leading man and the 2 parents of the childre... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Edgy, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like plays which deal with tragic situations and how they can affect relationships and friendships.

Don't see it if You would rather see something with a lighter subject matter and if you don't like storylines which involve gun violence.

During previews
82
Thoughtful, moving, well-acted solid little drama with no false moves and no surprises

See it if You appreciate great acting and earnest, intelligent theater on social issues

Don't see it if You want flash and excitement, musical numbers, or revelatory insight.

Also This strong character study, extremely well-done, kept me engaged thro... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want an interesting story of a school tragedy. You want to see some stellar acting. You want to see a show that makes you think.

Don't see it if School shooting massacres are triggering for you. You don't like intimate plays with small casts. You are looking for a big show stopper.

During previews
85
Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You like to see thought provoking plays with timely topics.

Don't see it if You dislike depressing stories.

Also Well worth seeing. The minimalist set was not an issue.

During previews
90
Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in the complex portrayal and significant intensity of a school shooting's aftermath.

Don't see it if You're looking to be entertained.

During previews
86
Riveting, Relevant, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want a deep dive into a mass shooting from another perspective.

Don't see it if you are not interested in currents events and want an escape.

During previews
66
Predictable

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

During previews
90
Well-written, intelligent, powerful, good acting, relevant, resonant, moving

See it if you want to experience an intelligent, powerful, timely, very human, character-driven, superbly written & beautifully acted play.

Don't see it if you want an action play, lighthearted fare or are triggered by gun violence or seeing a gun on stage.

Also This is a show about a school shooting and its aftermath that non-judg... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Riveting, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see current events performances, and the impact that it has.

Don't see it if You don't want to relive life events that had a detrimental impact on society

During previews
98
Extraordinary performances in a compelling play.

See it if You like an intense drama with fine performances.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play that deals with a school shooting... (but even if you think you don't, as I did, it's so worth it!)

Also The Barrow Group is at the top of their game with this new play. Seth ... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like to think after a movie

Don't see it if If small theaters with few actors are not your thing

During previews
90
Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy plays that deal with sensitive subjects in a thoughtful and way that leaves room for questions. Great writing and acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to see the conflict of a person in a very difficult, public circumstance or want your play tied up in a neat ending..

During previews
80
Intense, Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want a play that is well written, and the acting is first rate.You want an engrossing night at the theater.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big production. You don’t like theater that can be thought provoking and sad at times.

During previews
100
Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy intense dialogue about a timely subject that was extremely well thought out.

Don't see it if You want a comedy or are not ready to have a intense discussion after.

Also The acting was so top-rate and the staging clever and prop changes ver... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like serious drama about loss, conflict and relevant contemporary issues.

Don't see it if If you want lighthearted fun

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in the aftermath story of a cop who couldn’t bring himself to enter a school where a shooting was happening.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a play about gun violence and dead children.

Also Part of what made this play brilliant was that it wasn’t about our cur... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Profound, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for a serious piece of theatre about pressing and relevant issues with some good writing and good performances.

Don't see it if you're looking for a night of comedy.

During previews
100
Absorbing drama, ripped from the headlines

See it if You want to see a brilliantly acted, beautifully written play about America today.

Don't see it if You don’t like realism/naturalism.


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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