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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)


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

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.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You like plays with big choruses and traditional songs. Docudramas. Christmas plays in general. This may become a theater Christmas staple.

Don't see it if You do not like Christmas carols and prefer plays that are more based on a characters and a traditional plot than a docudrama can be

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you interested in seeing dramatically and musically onstage the real-life truce between German and Allied soldiers one Christmas day in WWI.

Don't see it if you are not interested in WWI patriotic tunes, trench songs, medieval ballads, and Christmas carols along with letter excerpts and poetry.

Based on true events on the battlefield, Great singing, Ill-conceived casting of older men to portray ww1's teenage soldiers, Resonant, Great message: men prefer fun over killing each other

See it if you'd like to learn about a true WW1 event in the words of soldiers & British poets of the era; you enjoy a cappella singing & Xmas carols

Don't see it if you need more excitement on stage with colorful costumes, dancing, sex appeal; if battlefield scenes bore you; you prefer a romantic comedy

Also Ill-conceived casting! The cast of 10 was chosen for the ability to si... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy history recreated cleverly and entertaingly

Don't see it if you want a play with characters and plot

Resonant, Great singing, Stirring, Clever, Exquisite

See it if You appreciate great singing. You are interested in a short, but powerful work about a wartime truce during Christmas.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a plot. You dislike a cappella singing, wartime settings, or Christmas carols.

Also I’m not a fan of Christmas music, Christmas themes, or pieces about so... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Masterful, Absorbing, Moving, Sensational a cappella singing

See it if you like shows about historical events (Christmas Truce 1914) or a cappella singing: this one is very moving and the singing is sensational.

Don't see it if you don't like a cappella singing of an all-men's choir with some angelic voices or don't care for musicals about historic events.

Absorbing, Great singing, Profound, Riveting

See it if You like historical pieces told in a unique and beautiful way.

Don't see it if You want a show with elaborate sets and costumes.

Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You are a fan of great singing and are intrigued by a Christmas, World War I themed show.

Don't see it if You need a big, elaborate production. If you are averse to war/soldier themed shows.

Also Centered around an incredible, true story, this is a very affecting pr... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Profound

See it if You love a cappella, are interested in the Christmas Truce, want to see a Ken Burns-type show drawn from period music and letters.

Don't see it if You dislike Christmas music.

Also Loved this show! Am not related to anyone involved with the production... Read more Read less

Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you want to hear great a cappella male singing, stitched together with bits of narrative (seemingly from soldiers' letters) about WWI.

Don't see it if you object to 70-minute intermission-less plays, or you want to see a full-fledged play with a plot and characters.

Also My Show-Score seat was in Row K, which is the first row of the mezzani... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if You want to listen to ( mostly) xmas songs interwoven with words from letters written by soldiers who made the xmas truce of 1914 possible

Don't see it if You are not into A cappella singing, Christmas music, war stories and plays with no real plots.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Profound

See it if You enjoy wonderful harmonies in a musical production with something to say about the waste of war.

Don't see it if You like plays that have happy endings with feel-good themes.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you love amazing singing and a moving story; and Silent Night :)

Don't see it if See it!

Enchanting, Great singing, Must see, Wonderful!

See it if you want a wonderful experience.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see it. Unless, maybe you don't like a cappella.

Also This is a most wonderful, uplifting show based on a true happening dur... Read more Read less

Clever, 10 man choral concert with light plot, Book is quotes from soliders that tell story, Great singing, Simple staging

See it if you enjoy WWI stories, very well sung a cappella by 10 men or need a little Christmas spirit through history.Strong vocal arrangement

Don't see it if you need a complex story or traditional book musical. ... you don't like a cappella music well sung/arranged.

Also Excellent vocal ensemble. Accents are pretty strong - only a few regio... Read more Read less

Great singing

See it if enjoy a capella singing. Traditional songs with most centered around Christmas

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with a plot. Like edgy theatre.

Also A nice little show that is more a Christmas concert than a play. The s... Read more Read less

Great singing, Resonant, Riveting, Must see

See it if Great voices, staging, emotional, a wonderful gift at the holidays. Had a tear and goose bumps.

Don't see it if You don't like men singing in beautiful harmony, simple yet powerful staging. Need a big Broadway Disney musical.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Must see, Profound

See it if You love great singing, or if you are interested in some history.

Don't see it if You have kiddos that might get squirrely.

Also This was really moving without being preachy at all. They used texts t... Read more Read less

Great singing, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Must see

See it if Exceptional singing, amazingly crafted, personal stories from WW1 beautifully told. Overwhelming emotion. Perfect for the holidays.

Don't see it if You want a WW1 story told through today’s music and filters. Others could learn from the honesty of the actual voices from the past.

Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if beautifully sung, staged with simplicity and clarity. a lovely, resonant piece of theatre for the holiday season and beyond.

Don't see it if if you don't like sung-through work and/or new arrangements of European carols and war songs

Epic, Great singing, Great staging, Great vocal arrangements, Hypnotic

See it if you want to be transported by a moving (true) story and exceptional singing.

Don't see it if you'd rather miss out on a limited engagement of a powerful, heartwarming theater piece.

Also It takes a congregation of century-old ghosts of Christmas past materi... Read more Read less

Great singing, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to be deeply moved by real events dec 1914 and hear excellent a cappella singing and to see actors who look like real people

Don't see it if You get annoyed with heavy accents which makes it difficult to understand the spoken words

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy great singing

Don't see it if you prefer dramas or typical musicals with a story

Great singing, Humanistic, Fablous harmony singing, Historical

See it if You like Historical holiday story. Amazing singing you where you can close your eyes and just listen. Choir like singing. Sad/slow/dark

Don't see it if You don’t want Historical holiday sad story about war. Need more than minimal staging. Want an uplifting holiday show

November 25th, 2018
"The arc of 'All is Calm' 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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