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All Our Children

From 45 member  reviews
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. More…

A terrible crime is taking place in a German clinic for disabled children. The perpetrators argue that it will help struggling parents and lift the financial burden on the mighty Third Reich. One brave voice is raised in objection. But will anyone listen?

The persecution, sterilization, and murder of hundreds of thousands of disabled people is one of the most overlooked chapters in the whole ghastly history of Nazi Germany. Between 1939 and 1945, it is estimated that well over 200,000 people with a wide range of disabilities were dismissed as Lebensunwertes Leben (‘lives unworthy of life’) and systematically killed in six converted psychiatric hospitals across Austria and Germany. Public opposition to the program was limited. The most striking intervention came from the Bishop of Münster, Clemens von Galen, who will be played by John Glover. 

Member Reviews (45)


Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense
Avg Score

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.

Also Why do this play? The arguments, for anyone sane, are so one-sided and... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also No poor viewing at all. Director Ethan McSWEENY deserves credit for th... Read more Read less

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.

Also You see a mother love no matter what for her son, bought tear to my ey... Read more Read less

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


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

Also I know nothing about history. The only thing I knew about the Holocaus... Read more Read less

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.

Also There's a gaping hole in this story - the moral quandary shared by all... Read more Read less

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.

Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in a play that deals with man’s inhumanity to man this time the handicapped in a Nazi framework. Very intense!

Don't see it if You’re looking for light entertainment.

Discomfitting, Metaphorical, Great acting, Frighteningly intimate, Top notch

See it if superb acting & production values, ideas explored & listening are your areas of theatre interest, intimate staging that you can't avoid, GO!

Don't see it if you're a fan of fascism, don't like listening or theatre itself, define entertainment as not questioning or making U feel uncomfortable

Also Like Miller's "The Crucible", 'All Our Children" spotlights a current ... Read more Read less

Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Reminder that people can still be decent despite rich incentives to be otherwise. I admit, this never gets old. Spiritually nourishing.

Don't see it if want a crafty/edgy/slick show; uninterested in others affected by the quest for Aryan supremacy; bothered that script barely mentions Jews.

Also I usually associate McSweeny with classical theater so this was sort o... Read more Read less

Earnest, Good character delineation, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you have any interest in eugenics. Some fine acting, some arch acting. small intimate play. Excellent tension among the actors.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for a very dark subject.

Also My doctor bone never likes to see docs "acting badly" and you cant act... Read more Read less

Profound, Intense, Best 90 minutes of the year, Emotionally engaging, Jaw dropping in parts

See it if you care about history and especially the horrors of the Nazis. Also, if you want to see the best piece of 90-minute drama this season.

Don't see it if you don't care about plays with a moral message, have had enough about Nazis, or don't like small black box theatres.

Also In a season that is paltry at best, this play stands out as power pack... Read more Read less

Intense, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in seeing a play that does deep into the human spirit. Investing the dark underbelly of our world

Don't see it if You want to see light and happy. Not for you

Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You are interested in learning a little (and only a little) about Nazis’ treatment of children with mental or physical differences.

Don't see it if You want more history. You want religion held accountable too for mistreatment of those who are different.

Intense, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see people caught the moral dilemma of acting against their consciences. Riveting, excellent acting.

Don't see it if You find reminders of some of horrors perpetrated by the Nazis are too tough to watch.

Rather lacking in emotional content, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You're interested in learning about Nazi atrocities in a rather sanitized fashion. Interesting but surprisingly unmoving.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in learning about Nazi Germany or dislike small theatres or plays performed in the round.

Intelligent, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see earnest, overall effective performances in a serious play. It is small scale, in a tiny theatre, but generally works.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show about the Holocaust. Sometimes the script doesn't completely make sense. But the cast does their best.

Relevant, Profound, Absorbing, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like character-driven historical dramas

Don't see it if you are triggered by genocide, Nazis or Catholicism

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

See it if You enjoy plays that are thought provoking, that examine moral dilemmas people find themselves in and enjoy good acting.

Don't see it if You only enjoy happy or fluffy plays or prefer musicals.

Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Banal, Cliched

See it if you are interested in Holocaust stories...

Don't see it if you are looking for an engaging show.... this was stiff, forced and too much of a lecture.

Outstanding acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an outstanding play about one of the terrible atrocities of the Nazis: the murder of disabled children. Stellar acting!

Don't see it if you do not have the stomach to hear about these terrible atrocities against humanity. But: it is a reminder for today that all life counts!

Also This is an incredible play with outstanding acting which reminds us to... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to be challenges with the idea what makes a life important, you want to see some great performances up close.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with Nazi or religious themes, or very intimate in the round settings.

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you like historically based drama. Very well acted and directed. Worth seeing

Don't see it if you don't like thought provoking drama.

Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like fine acting and thought-provoking content

Don't see it if there is no reason NOT to see this.

Also Where was I in my high school history classes that I didn't learn that... Read more Read less

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 th...
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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 han...
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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 chap...
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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 th...
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