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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!