All Our Children
Closed 1h 30m
All Our Children
83

All Our Children NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(45 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
7%
Negative
0%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

About the Show

Stephen Unwin’s new play is set against a forgotten chapter of the Holocaust: the murder of disabled children and young people.

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Member Reviews (45)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
69
Repetitive, Well staged, Anachronistic dialogue, Misguided premise, Excellent acting

See it if you are fascinated by Nazis. AOC is well acted/staged. Polished productn. Tension builds. Some lags; mostly gd pace. Disturbing content.

Don't see it if you get that Nazis were monsters. Bishop, who argues for kids, IRL didn't protect Jews. Shn't be moral voice here. Repetitive dialogue. Read more

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
70
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if If you want a holocaust story about children who are disabled. Some good acting in this show.

Don't see it if If you want a story that doesnt have huge holes in it.very slow at times and disturbing at others. If you want something uplifting.

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
95
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Best use of "Theater in the Round" (my favorite) 5 great Actors with a slight edge to John Glover Lighting and set so good. ALSO

Don't see it if Not for the squeamish. Read more

565 Reviews | 117 Followers
89
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if What the Nazis did to the children of Germany that did not fit in their plan.

Don't see it if subject is not a happy one. Read more

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
98
Riveting, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Broadway cast in highly compelling drama about a doctor at a clinic where children are being murdered during Nazi Germany. Raw emotions.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for a 90 minute drama with superb acting. Highly watchable

483 Reviews | 54 Followers
76
Well done. good actors good story.

See it if You like a serious subject done well.

Don't see it if You don’t want to watch a play about an upsetting story.

464 Reviews | 101 Followers
84
Powerful.

See it if Want to see an incredible drama with great acting in a perfect and intimate space

Don't see it if You are not in the mood for a very sad and depressing show Read more

431 Reviews | 132 Followers
70
Absorbing, despite its flaws, Myopic., Based (in part) on real people, Fine acting/direction

See it if Want another horrific aspect of Nazi regime dramatized. This is well-done, but, disappointingly, not nuanced script. Actors save it, mostly.

Don't see it if Expect to be emotionally moved. That sounds odd, given the story, but actors can only do so much when the book doesn't flesh out characters. Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
April 17th, 2019

“A powerfully performed production...Toward the end, ‘All Our Children’ loses its vital restraint and teeters into luridness, but until then it makes compelling, conventional drama. This is a play about the care that people, and nations, owe to the weakest among them. It is, at its core, about the sanctity of life. And while that may sound rooted in religion, the idea is far more basic.”
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Lighting & Sound America
April 15th, 2019

"It is careful, well thought out, and surprisingly false...Von Galen is a fascinating figure -- both heroic and morally blind -- and somebody ought to write a play about him. Here, he is a figure cut from good German cardboard. Ethan McSweeny's direction is efficient in terms of pace, but his handling of the actors is notably uneven...Ostensibly a disturbing, provocative drama, 'All Our Children' is a wooden, obvious piece of work."
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TheaterScene.net
April 15th, 2019

"In a concise 90-minutes Mr. Unwin’s masterful writing expertly blends exposition, documentary detail and drama...Director Ethan McSweeny's excellent work with the cast is matched by his accomplished physical staging on the four-sided playing area...'All Our Children' vividly dramatizes this chapter in history and subtly parallels the contemporary world scene with its depiction of a totalitarian mindset."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 14th, 2019

"Manages to both impress, captivate, as well as entertain...Experienced playwright Stephen Unwin has smartly provided all of the characters with clear backgrounds and personal opinions which become clearly identified as the play progresses...Ethan McSweeny achieves remarkable results directing this production in the round. It creates a marvelous juxtaposition, a sense of both intimacy and appropriate uneasiness of the subject matter...This is an unflawed production in every way."
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Front Row Center
April 17th, 2019

“Acted with care and vicious depth, I was glad I went to see ‘All Our Children’...to witness the unfolding of this horrific story, and the love that rises up from it...The play reflects the fanaticism, the persecution of those not like us, that is happening right now in our own backyard. Horrifying to think we have the capacity for such hate and single-mindedness...This is not an easy play to watch as it will tear at your soul, but it is well, well worth the watch.”
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Broadway Blog
April 14th, 2019

"A drama that, unfortunately, is more valuable as a history lesson (…with contemporary relevance) than as consistently engrossing theater…As various horrendous facts are elicited, von Galen can do little but question the atheistic doctor's feelings, express his Christian empathy, note his disgust, and argue for the value of human life, all things that brook no dispute, regardless of one's religion. The result is a one-sided debate that, for all its implicit interest, barely catches emotive fire."
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Times Square Chronicles
April 14th, 2019

“Unwin’s modern-day morality play...It is Tasha Lawrence performance that is the heart and the soul of this piece...McSweeny's direction keeps the play moving, but it is really Savage’s set of piles of file cabinets that give us the clue of the numbers killed. I wished they had been used more. Unwin’s script brings our focus to this discrimination and persecution, but in my opinion not enough. I would have liked this play to tell me more.”
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DC Metro Theater Arts
April 14th, 2019

"Directed by Ethan McSweeny with a clear and steady hand, the tension grows and the sides are drawn, as truths are uncovered about the center and its mission, and the characters come to terms with their respective complicity and individual morals and conscience...A heartfelt tribute to the people who suffered and died, and to those who stood up, raised their voices, and bravely objected...'All Our Children' is a gripping reminder of the realities of the Holocaust."
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