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All Quiet on the Western Front

From 7 critic and 35 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the show

A Fringe Encore: In honor of the centennial of WWI's Battle of the Somme, the Incognito Theatre Company brings Erich Maria Remarque's classic novel about the mental and physical strain of trench warfare to the stage.  More…

Adapting 'All Quiet on the Western Front' in their trademark physical style, Incognito harnesses the energy of Remarque's novel to create a poetic, poignant, and expressionistic theatrical experience about the German soldiers who fought on the Western Front during the Great War. A hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "A visceral and breathtaking production...The cast of five give highly impressive physical performances with strong, striking images and it’s visually stunning. This moving story is told with passion and total commitment from these exceedingly talented actors who breathe a youthful life into the characters they are playing. Skilfully directed by Zuric, this production should be at the very top of your must-see list and richly deserved the standing ovation. It’s simply outstanding." Full Review


for a previous production "The production consists of an ensemble of five boys who all give superb performances that reduce you to tears. The choreography of the play is just outstanding and well rehearsed, resulting in a smooth performance that allows the audience to immerse themselves in the emotions of the story. An incredibly physical performance and easily one of the best shows at the Ed Fringe this year!!" Full Review

Three Weeks Edinburgh

for a previous production "Incognito’s timely adaptation draws out the universal humanity of the characters, instantly forging a bond with the audience. Less a rollercoaster than a whirlwind of emotions, the scenes flit from humour to horror, camaraderie to chaos, drawing the audience in to the desperate lives of the young men sentenced to fight and die on the Western Front…Enthralling, moving and fundamentally, beautifully human." Full Review

Fringe Review (UK)

for a previous production "A first-rate production and performance…The very mobile cast were up to the challenge of Zac Nemorin and the directorial concept of Roberta Zuric, which put the words first, and forced a talented team to rely on their interpretation and their own mimetic to tell the terrible story. The proof of the respectful approach to the devised text was in the experiencing, and in a way which gripped attention from the outset and stirred the emotions of the packed audience. " Full Review

Edinburgh Festivals

for a previous production "Not an unfamiliar story to us, but one that is ever relevant and conveyed by Incognito Theatre Company with fresh passion. Despite only having a small stage to work with, the creative choreography, lighting and sound manages to expand the space, and dramatize the extent and brutality of the situation...We are reminded of soldiers whose youth has been given over to battle and after effects that follow through the powerfully enacted emotive and poetic speeches." Full Review

Fringe Frame Reviews

for a previous production "The all-male acting ensemble combine their trademark physical inventiveness with strong individual performances to provide a fresh look at this literary classic…The play’s structure often feels episodic, with several vignettes doing little to serve the wider narrative, and occasional moments of humour fall a little flat...However the actors multi-role with ease and bring moving gravitas to the scenes where they face injured and dying comrades." Full Review

A Younger Theatre

for a previous production "The finished result is performed with passionate aplomb, but it also feels rather hurried, with Remarque’s work crammed into an hour at the expense of subtlety...Incognito Theatre has relied on an episodic structure, and this only adds to the feeling that the play is rudderless…You’ve seen it done before and done better, and the choice to use physical theatre largely fails to leaven what have become hackneyed tropes...The play’s overall picture may be evocative, but the detail is lacking." Full Review

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like an intense performance. You want to be amazed and absorbed. You want to be immersed in the performance.

Don't see it if If you don't like intensity. You don't want to see and hear a performance about the war and what soldiers experience during wartime.

Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if You have a love of the original novel and/or small productions. I loved the book and these gentlemen captured it so well!

Don't see it if You have any issue with the subject and discussion of war and violence.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you enjoy powerful movement work in storytelling.

Don't see it if you don't like abstract sets or intense representations of war.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great sound effects

See it if you want to experience the hurt and humor of human warfare exhibited by five talented young actors accompanied by compelling sound effects

Don't see it if you don't want to focus on the terrible physical and psychological costs of war.

Great acting, Resonant, Original, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you love original theatre. The artistry is mastered with a show full of emotion, movement, and even entertainment for such a bleak subject.

Don't see it if you do not like shows regarding war or anything with dark or gruesome subject matter.

All consuming, brilliant

See it if I regret I saw the last performance the , so it is too late to tell everyone to run to see it. It is a DO NOT MISS for serious theater fans

Don't see it if You are a gung ho violence fan. You think good leaders are saber rattelers.

Riveting, Relevant, Great staging, Beautiful, Heart-breaking

See it if You love theatrical staging, beautiful lighting and a heart-wrenching story.

Don't see it if You don't like crying and you're a stickler for accurate WWI uniforms.

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if a surprising philosophical play about war. It has everything you want in a drama:great acting,great writing,raw emotions, and humor..see it!

Don't see it if do not miss this is truly outstanding.

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Intense, Must see

See it if If you want a sharp, emotional, & riveting story of war told w/physical action. You want to see what can be done w/a few actors & props.

Don't see it if You don't like war stories. You prefer more traditional staging.

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you like the original novel by Erich Maria Remarque, you're interested in plays exploring the experience of war or historical plays

Don't see it if you're looking for something light and fluffy, you didn't like the novel, you don't want to watch a play that deals with the effects of war

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a different approach to a great book ( a classic in my view) Some may describe it as a dance (very effective)

Don't see it if you do not want to be reminded of the effects of war. Warning: seats at Soho Playhouse not great re: sight lines

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You want to see fluid direction with a laugh a minute with superb actors like Nathan Lane and John at its vaudeville roots!

Don't see it if If you are a stick in the mud who likes pretentious theatre with lofty goals of educating the audience.

Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like minimal staging with military-level intensity.

Don't see it if You're uninterested in investigating the ethics of war.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Minimal staging where the actors are the focus. Intelligent and concise writing. Drama tinged with moments of humor.

Don't see it if The small theater will make you feel uncomfortably part of the war. Loud outbursts of sound.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Masterful, Intense

See it if Very little set and scenery; the 5 actors are the focus of the stage; very intense, touching on the fundamental inhumanity of war.

Don't see it if You dislike realistic, disturbing theater that asks universal questions about human nature that have no easy answer. Definitely not light.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Original, Great staging

See it if You enjoy great choreography and acting with a small cast of gentlemen.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about war or small casts.

Dizzying, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of the book, or if you want to experience the essence of theatre: a few actors creating an entire world on a stage.

Don't see it if you can't take the dramatic choreography and pantomime seriously, or if you would be triggered by scenes of war, gunshot sound effects, etc.

Great acting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like short, related vignettes about the harsh realities of war

Don't see it if you don't like a non-linear story with loud noises or war stories

Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Original, Great staging

See it if You're interested in a shortform play with ambition physical theater components on the topic of young men at war

Don't see it if You want a super polished professional experience. This was a little rough around the edges but overall an interesting experience.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy phenomenal young actors portraying multiple roles, with a minimal set (five crates), a lot of acrobatics, and a good story.

Don't see it if Their occasional descent into physical metaphor sometimes seems forced or out of place to the beautiful story they have created.

Clever, Resonant, Great ensemble acting, Abstract, Disturbing

See it if You like seeing the human cost of war. No set, very abstract, just brilliant ensemble acting. True to the book which is harsh.

Don't see it if Sounds of gunfire and explosions will upset you. It's not a "FUN" show. More like an important history lesson.

Clever, Great acting, Great choreography

See it if You appreciate movement oriented theater. The choreography is brilliant. The acting very impressive.

Don't see it if You need a compelling story.Lovely play to watch.Battle scenes very evocative but ultimately the dance elements overide dramatic sensibility


See it if i dont know, it's just ok.

Don't see it if i dont know, it's just ok.

Confusing, Relevant, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you like good acting in a hard to follow script.

Don't see it if you like big-budget sets with clearly delineated characters. Even at its one hour length, it was slow.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Original

See it if You enjoy great broadway

Don't see it if Adventure

Cast & Creatives (10)