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9 Circles

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: 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.  More…

Thrown into a labyrinth of military bureaucracy, the confused and troubled teenager tries to navigate through layers of commanding officers, public defenders, pastors, lawyers, and army psychiatrists. Based on the 9 Circles of Hell in Dante’s 'Inferno,' this drama barrels unflinchingly forward in its descent into one man’s hell. Not recommended for audiences under age 17.

Member Reviews (15)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

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.

Also It’s probably not a good sign when you’re counting what “circle” you’r... Read more Read less

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 ...
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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 re...
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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 Reeve...
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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 fa...
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