9 Circles
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9 Circles NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(15 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
7%
Negative
0%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

About the Show

Sheen Center presents the New York premiere of this history-inspired thriller about a very young US serviceman who is arrested and prosecuted for acts that he may (or may not) have committed during the Iraq War. 

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Member Reviews (15)

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313 Reviews | 155 Followers
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you can handle intense material and want to see an incredible performance by Josh Collins. Exposes the reality of what war can do to someone

Don't see it if you prefer light material and can't handle intense subject matter. At times, this was a very disturbing piece, but tells an important story. Read more

207 Reviews | 36 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if YOu enjoy character studies, anti-war evidence, intelligent and thought-provoking works.

Don't see it if Intensity upsets you. Read more

180 Reviews | 45 Followers
77
Edgy, Relevant, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want some insight into what real PTSD looks like. We still don't know completely, but this is a great start.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and turned off by tough subject matter.

168 Reviews | 33 Followers
75
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Intimate

See it if you're game for a boldly imagined reinvention of a classical text (in this case, Dante's "Inferno") set during the Iraq War.

Don't see it if you're fanatically pro-military or you become claustrophobic in theaters located in the basement.

124 Reviews | 34 Followers
75
Absorbing, topical, well-acted

See it if you are interested in an anti-war re-imagining of an atrocity committed by an American in the Iraq War.

Don't see it if you are looking for a more nuanced (than this already is) treatment of a war crime and a wider circle of people affected by that crime. Read more

113 Reviews | 42 Followers
60
Boring, Poorly acted, Aimless, Unsympathetic, Long

See it if you enjoy network TV procedurals that present big issues through the simplified lens of individual experiences. You like sparse staging.

Don't see it if You like above average acting and you don't have the patience for a show without much to say that still goes on for almost 2 hours. Read more

106 Reviews | 74 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Profound

See it if like riveting performances of a troubled soul. Even terrible actions may have reasons behind them. Josh Collins gives an amazing performance

Don't see it if Don't want to know about the terrible events that happen in war time. If you want light-hearted theater that does not make you think.

85 Reviews | 24 Followers
90
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to see a masterful performance from lead Josh Collins. You like work that explores moral gray areas and tests boundaries.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with themes of violence (including rape), or you like your plot with an easily-distinguished hero or villain.

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
February 27th, 2017

"What raises this production above the level of civic-obligation theatergoing is Josh Collins’s gorgeously slippery star turn...Yet the Kafkaesque surreality that the play seems to demand is largely missing from this staging. The pacing is a little slack, and the four-person company doesn’t seem as tight as it might be. Even Mr. Collins’s emotionally agile performance can’t make the production viscerally affecting."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 9th, 2017

“Collins delivers one of the most complex, arresting characterizations to be seen this season…This is a commanding performance, made all the more effective by the actor's fearlessness...Indeed, without Collins' magnetism, ‘9 Circles’ would suffer greatly…‘9 Circles’ is powerful, but it is also relentless and repetitious. If Kent Nicholson's direction can't quite solve this problem, he does provide a sleekly designed production with a solid supporting cast of three.”
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Theater Pizzazz
February 26th, 2017

"'9 Circles' is Jesuit priest Bill Cain's passionate, deeply thoughtful, frequently profane, sometimes funny, but—at an intermissionless 95 minutes—a bit overextended meditation on the horrors of war...All the performances score strongly, but Collins' as the merciless, damaged, multifaceted Reeves is the greatest gift. Playing someone who is generally hostile or argumentative, and burdened with monstrous tendencies, he nevertheless manages to make the man human, if not sympathetic."
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Times Square Chronicles
March 18th, 2017

"Collins’ performance is layered and believable...In the very end when he confesses, it seemed forced. The facts of the case did not seem like he committed the crime...In this, Cain’s play fails, or Collins' performance fails to allow us to see the total lack of humanity, or director Nicholson failed in getting Cain’s intent across. Somewhere there is a disconnect because we feel for Reeves and, at one point, we are asked if he is guilty and I do not think my audience would have said yes."
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