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
92
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy an emotional play centered on a deputy sheriff's reaction to a school shooting and you're not triggered by a gun on the stage.

Don't see it if you don't like facing the other half of the audience. However, you'll see a riveted audience and after a while you'll forget they're there.

Also The actors were excellent!

During previews
70
Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are interested in the topic of school shootings and the aftermath.

Don't see it if you don't want to deal with the inaction of a responder who froze. . This is a s-l-o-w moving 90 minute character study.

During previews
88
Intense, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if The shows idea is so relevant.the aftermath of our decisions in a split second

Don't see it if If you have ever been in that situation

During previews
85
Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy relevant topics even when difficult material. Great acting. Small theater - Close to the action.

Don't see it if Are looking for light-hearted material.

During previews
88
Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a realistic show that helps to tell a beautiful and relevant slice of life story. Unique staging and beautiful acting

Don't see it if you have issues with discussing gun violence, or are looking for an traditional action-filled show--most of the play is dialogue

During previews
95
Profound, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in great ensemble acting, and in seeing characters making decisions and dealing with questions that have no easy answers.

Don't see it if The subject matter hits too close to home, as I can see it may be upsetting to some. But very powerful.

During previews
100
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This show was thought provoking and topical. The acting was believable and performed well .

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are a victim of gun violence

During previews
70
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You are looking for a more serious show with real life situations.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical, feel good story, or uplifting experience

During previews
100
Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if This show is so powerful. A rare experience to be so engaged!

Don't see it if The intense subject matter intimidates you

During previews
95
Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if your interested in following peoples life that were affected by the aftermath of school shooting

Don't see it if If you get upset with the frank discussion of detailed event of a school shooting and if your skirmish about seeing a gun on stage.

Also The acting was superb, and the play was well thought out and conceived... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Relevant, Intense, Must see, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if I believe this movie is for everyone; that it can touch such diverse audiences and give light to such real issues in our country.

Don't see it if Triggers: gun violence


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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