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All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

From 99 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Profound

About the show

Through new arrangements of European carols and war-songs, "All Is Calm" recalls the remarkable World War I truce between Allied Forces and German soldiers in No Man's Land on Christmas, 1914. More…

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing "Stille Nacht." Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.


Member Reviews (99)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Profound
87
Avg Score

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Powerful reminder about war.Very effective acapella singing. All male cast of 10 each performing 2 or more roles.75 minutes. MORE

Don't see it if No female roles ...Partner not as enthused...Seats at Sheen not modernized for raking but double armrests are great.. 75 minutes

Also The range of voices was great.. Great talent. Makes one think. Perfect... Read more Read less

86
Great singing, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if Beautifully rendered choral oratorio surrounding horrors of WWI Personalized portraits of soldiers well wrought & moving Artfully vocalized

Don't see it if Pacing can slow as Christmas "truce" approaches True horrors of war only glancingly told but still forceful Any faults minimal at best

83
Absorbing, Great singing, Resonant, Sentimental

See it if Sentimental historical holiday wartime journey told only through affecting song.Beautifully blended all-male chorale of both Brits & Germans

Don't see it if No plot. No set. Just emotional all-male singing. Try not to shed tears during "Silent Night." A little over an hour.

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Masterful, Profound, Must see

See it if you enjoy a very moving play based on a real story about soldiers and a Christmas truce during WWI. Simple but wonderful staging.

Don't see it if you have no heart or like comedy only.

Also Watch a group of men with wonderful voices use Christmas and military ... Read more Read less

88
Poignant, Sublime voices, Simple but effective staging, Profound, Haunting

See it if Deeply moving true WW1 story told thru song, letters, evocative staging. Music a pastiche of the era, plus traditional Christmas-lovely all.

Don't see it if Don't like a cappella choral work, war stories, or need more plot/production. This is 75mins of letting yourself fall under its spell.

82
Excellent a capella men’s choir, Authentic costumes, Great ensemble acting

See it if True story of WWI Christmas truce told through popular period songs and Christmas carols in four-part harmony (some in German).

Don't see it if You don’t like Christmas music or celebrate this holiday. You aren’t interested in a historical story told mostly in music.

85
Great singing, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Masterful

See it if You like beautiful songs and singing with a historic story behind it.

Don't see it if You don't like a loose story based around excellent singing

85
Poignant. beautifully song and performed.

See it if You appreciate a lovely historical music piece.

Don't see it if You are not interested in history of war and holiday songs done accapella

83
Wwi popular songs sprinkled with quotes from soldiers

See it if You like inspirational true stories, esp the Christmas Truce. The multipart harmony songs are interwoven w soldiers' quotes.

Don't see it if You want a narrative play. Its 65 minutes.

Also This is truly worth seeing if you like WWI songs and Christmas Carols

86
Entertaining, Great singing, Polished, Intelligent, Uplifting

See it if ~1.25 hrs of complete, uninterrupted harmony. Equally matched, sonorous, golden voices. No weak links. No jokey voices or dumb characters.

Don't see it if you expect more external conflict; prefer your holiday fare more commercial/gaudy/kid-friendly, with more kicklines & corny dad jokes.

Also This is like a hybrid acapella concert and memorial concert, but direc... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if A must see for those who enjoy a historical story told through incredible choral singing. Beautiful and moving theater experience.

Don't see it if Do not see if you expect a full musical or prefer dramas without music.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Resonant, Touching

See it if A Capella singing by a great ensemble of 10 men who play different roles, how singing led to a brief truce between soldiers on diff. sides

Don't see it if Simple dark staging that reflects the darkness of war; due to accents may be hard to understand brief spoken bits between songs*

Also *the spoken words include poems, reflections, letters and are for the ... Read more Read less

75
Superb choral singing, Relevant, Emotionally uninvolving, Interesting topic, Slow

See it if you like excellent a cappella choral singing with an interesting theme about an historical wartime incident.

Don't see it if dislike a cappella choral singing, a play that is somewhat slow and is emotionally uninvolving when the content calls for such involvement.

70
Great singing, Banal

See it if You find intriguing a junior high school pageant with very high production values. This fully achieves its intentions.

Don't see it if You want a play, not a pageant. There is no drama, no character development, that's not their goal, and they please the audience.

84
Lovely, Great singing, Profound, Riveting

See it if You would like beautiful singing and a touching story from actual soldiers' letters. Minimal but effective staging. Perfect holiday show.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big production or a fully developed storyline following a few characters.

90
Magnificent, Amazing singing, Absorbing, Must see, It gave me chills

See it if You want to see if this show really lives up to all the raves you've heard. It does!

Don't see it if Stories about war don't appeal to you.

Also This simply staged exploration of the Christmas truce of 1914 is sung ... Read more Read less

80
Moving, Absorbing, Great lighting, sound & costumes, Great singing & vocal arrangements, Great staging

See it if You're up for a touching, heartfelt & true WW I tale told through period songs by a terrific a cappella cast. Terrific voices & performances

Don't see it if No reason not to unless you dislike a cappella male choruses or need an actual narrative script.

Also Heartfelt, honest, touching performances all around, gorgeous vocal ar... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Charming, simple, tale of soldiers on the front lines calling a truce for Christmas, and learning to see each other as humans like them.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy a simple production of beautiful acapella singing that will lift your spirits

89
Great singing, Riveting, Delightful, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if if you want to be deeply touched as you experience the remarkable story of WWI soldiers on both sides singing together on Christmas.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals (as I once thought about my own preferences - but no more); or if you are not interested in the history of WWI

Also The story line is so uplifting - that a group of men from both sides o... Read more Read less

71
Great singing, Refreshing, Resonant, Over-amplified

See it if you like male a capella singing and historical Christmas stories and can put up with unfortunately over blown amplification..

Don't see it if you think the Christmas truce has been overplayed or you prefer to hear a capella singing in an intimate space without amplification.

84
Great singing, Resonant, Absorbing, Enchanting, Did i mention great singing?

See it if you love a masterful blend of male voices singing beautiful and uncommon songs to tell an important story

Don't see it if you're more interested in dialog or don't like smoke effects

92
Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to hear great acapella singing, with beautiful voices telling a heartbreaking story about war.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy acapella singing and would prefer more interaction between the actors.

Also When the actors first came on stage and one actor started to sing, I t... Read more Read less

82
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Lovely music and moods tell an important story. Rich harmonies and familiar songs, sometimes in different languages, show connectivity

Don't see it if You don't want to engage emotionally with a story that is heart warming but also painful.

91
Great singing, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if If you want an historical, uplifting take on humanity and war. Without gimmicks it tells a poignant story. You will think about then and now

Don't see it if You are looking for glitz, glamour and plot.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you love a capella singing. you love hearing stories of military men, you love inspirational stories, you are anti-war

Don't see it if you want a story line, you want action,you don't like singing


November 25th, 2018
"The arc of 'All is Calm'...is coolly predictable, urging the men from enlistment to deployment to battle to détente to battle again, and the choice of song and excerpt aren’t so surprising either...More extraordinary is the beauty of the songs...The plangent tenors, lush baritones and rumbling b...
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November 18th, 2018
“Hands down, the most emotionally moving Christmas show I've ever seen...Lichte and Takach's gorgeous a cappella arrangements of popular songs...underscore testimonies in multipart harmony, making the play feel like a live Ken Burns documentary...Rothstein stages it all with cinematic fluidity......
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November 27th, 2018
“An extraordinary moment in twentieth-century history is the subject of this carefully wrought, deeply moving piece...That it is likely to be a familiar tale matters not at all: From the moment that the company of eleven emerges from the darkness - this story feels freshly imagined and deeply fel...
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November 18th, 2018
“A touching musical tribute to that brief time when peace on Earth reigned over desolate battlefields...A sincerely affecting music-theater work that resonates with beautiful singing, 'All Is Calm' suggests how essential humanity can triumph—even if only briefly, as here—over the most horrible of...
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