Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait

From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Profound, Absorbing

About the show

Rattlestick Theatre presents a play about two soldiers who wait for battle, but there are no enemies left to fight and no one, especially those in charge, seems to know who has won. More…

American soldiers Smith and Leadem kill time at a worn out desert outpost swallowed by sand on the other side of the world. Dutifully fulfilling their mission, they wait for a sign from the enemy, for further orders, for anything. As their rations shrink and the desert, sky, and sand seem to grow and expand around them, they fight for clarity and sanity, to stay on task, and to serve as they’ve sworn to do. As the days fall away it becomes less and less possible to know what is future, past, living, dead, or dream.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Gym at Judson (West Village)

Member Reviews (5)


Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Profound, Absorbing
Avg Score

Great acting, Slow, Intense, Challenging, Relevant

See it if you want an exploration of the effects of war on soldiers in a world where nothing really makes any sense anymore.

Don't see it if you like crystal-clear storytelling.

Boring, Unclear, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you want to have a truly boring evening in the theatre. The playwright and director are the same person—trouble ahead!!

Don't see it if you're smart.

Thought-provoking, Original, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want your mind opened.

Don't see it if You're hypersensitive and easily upset.

Great singing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You liked the movie.

Don't see it if You did not like the movie.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Profound

See it if You would like to see the progression of a character who is broken, yet finds herself in the end.

Don't see it if You don't like movie to stage adaptations.

June 10th, 2015
"What Mr. Talbott expects us to derive from his play remains opaque. He is hardly the first to depict the difficult life of the soldier and its punishing psychic toll. Despite the fine acting, 'Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait' succeeds mostly in making us share the mind-addling frustration...
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June 9th, 2015
"You can feel the heat and the panic in Daniel Talbott's hallucinatory production, which has the rhythm and texture of a nightmare. Talbott breaks his story into vignettes to evoke time passing and water supply dwindling, punctuated by John Zalewski's electric-misfire sound design. Like the grain...
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June 9th, 2015
"While the atmosphere is there, the play itself doesn’t rise to that level — Daniel Talbott was better at directing his own show than at writing it...The play is too heavy-handed in its use of fantasy scenes and some details don’t track...But the overall vibe is convincingly post-apocalyptic. And...
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June 9th, 2015
"At best, the acting is uniformly strong and the script packs punches with its unsettling imagery...In the end, the play is both obvious and unclear. It hits you over the head and leaves you scratching it."
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