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
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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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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

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.

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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Reflections in the Light
April 16th, 2019

"A glimpse at a little-known part of the Holocaust. Unwin includes all the various perspectives...The result is a thorough look at the situation...The script could use a rewrite. The first half hour drags and doesn't make clear what is happening...The topic of doctors making choices about who gets to live and die is relevant in the face of recent headlines."
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Off Off Online
April 16th, 2019

"The play is well-staged and intermittently powerful, but overly schematic, as the characters too often feel like mouthpieces rather than fully realized individuals...A fundamental problem is that...it is so one-sided that its emotional impact is stunted...’All Our Children’ captures the evil that can be done...and offers some riveting and chilling moments that are tempered, however, by issues laid bare instead of explored fully through character.”
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The Clyde Fitch Report
April 14th, 2019

"Of the play’s various scenes — including the climactic one in which the Bishop of Münster, Clemens von Galen (powerful, pitch-perfect John Glover), confronts Dr. Franz — Lawrence's are the most nakedly and unreservedly emotional...It’s easy to understand why 'All Our Children,' which opened at Jermyn Street Theatre in London in 2017, has crossed to our shores. It’s timely and, at 90 minutes, written tautly."
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