All Our Children
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All Our Children

All Our Children NYC Reviews and Tickets

(45 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (45)

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247 Reviews | 61 Followers
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! Read more

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
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

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

360 Reviews | 76 Followers
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. Read more

506 Reviews | 1005 Followers
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

105 Reviews | 20 Followers
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. Read more

572 Reviews | 138 Followers
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 Read more

89 Reviews | 9 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if seeing a well-developed drama about an ugly part of history is of interest to you.

Don't see it if you tend to disavow man's inhumanity to man and therefore care not to see it in a play.

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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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’ 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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