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Angel & Echoes

From 64 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the show

These two timely one acts tell stories of women devastated by war who find ways to triumph on their own terms. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival. More…

In 'Angel,' Rehana is a young law student who joins the resistance when the town of Kobani is besieged, and quickly discovers that she had a talent for killing. This solo play is inspired by the real-life "Angel of Kobani," a female sniper who held ISIS in check for over a year in war-torn Syria. 

'Echoes,' which played at 2016's Brits Off Broadway festival with a different cast, tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart. One is a student Jihadist from England. The other is a Victorian member of the Fishing Fleet, women who traveled to East Asia to wed the men setting up the Empire. Both are idealists: intelligent adventurers, with strong religious beliefs. And both travel to foreign lands with a mission to impose a system of government upon an unwilling people.


Member Reviews (64)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking
87
Avg Score

95
Intense, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if Two plays about women seeking their identity amidst the war and chaos in Syria. Powerful performances, relevant to current events.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter material, or more subtlety. These people are forced into desperate measures.

92
Great acting, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see a powerful production about women in the Middle East. You want great acting & superb storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about stories in the headlines. You want a comedy.

90
Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you believe personal stories are political. These three women will touch your heart and expand your world.

Don't see it if if you are afraid of strong women who are willing to die for what they believe is right.

83
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You like intense solo performances by strong woman in political situations. Care about conflicts in the Middle East.

Don't see it if You do not like political themes, strong women or want to see only light fate.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Profound

See it if you have an interest in seeing an historical view of women being treated badly merely because men can do so; highly emotional and gripping

Don't see it if you don't like being subjected to the horrors of women in war, seeing men mistreat and degrade women. You want a light, happy night out.

Also This was one of the most emotionally charged pieces I have seen this y... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You enjoy strong female actors in amazing roles telling heartbreaking stories that need to be told.

Don't see it if You need a lot of pomp and circumstance. Minimalist set design and lighting to tell beautiful stories served best by the talent of the cast.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Powerful

See it if you're interested in 2 simple but intense plays about women dealing with war and oppression. The acting is top notch for a small production.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the plights of various women, you're looking for a show with a fancy set, you dislike monologues

Also Both plays are very well-written and deal with timely issues. All thre... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if intense solo shows about strong women in areas ravaged by war (both in Syria), actors telling their moving stories directly to the audience

Don't see it if don't like bare sets, graphic descriptions of violence; want something light and happy; don't like solo shows*

Also *one of the shows (Echoes) actually has two actors who alternate their... Read more Read less

60
Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like all the Brits at E59. Angel is the better of the two plays-excellent acting by Avital Lvova. Interesting story.

Don't see it if You find accents difficult. Echoes, the two person play, boring, slow, repetitious. No scenery in either play.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if you enjoy great acting and writing about the plight of women in the world.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear about man's inhumanity to man

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Masterful

See it if This will leave you in a darker place but it's worth it to see the world through these women's eyes and feel their hearts from their souls

Don't see it if If you want a light night. It will take you to the depths of places you may not want to go

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see two relevant and well written plays with terrific acting. Extremely moving and intense.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the plight of women in war torn countries. Heartbreaking to see the struggles.

94
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if “Angel” play mesmerizes me, with its powerful and tragic story.“Echoes” play was equally powerful and dramatic. It brought us face to face

Don't see it if are not interested in the equal rights of women here and abroad

Also with the fate of Middle Eastern women, in their fight for human rights... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you love intimate profound plays.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big production just for the shake of being entertaint.

97
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intense, Devastating

See it if Brilliant, tough-minded, raw. Great writing and acting. If you're not a feminist going in, you'll be one coming out. Amazing a man wrote it.

Don't see it if If your machismo needs maintenance or you don't get choked up about social injustice. And I wouldn't recommend this for a date night.

79
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you like gripping, thoughtful well-crafted intimate no-frills productions that tackle current topics with universal themes and kickass women

Don't see it if u want splendid sets (there r only black walls), you don't like war stories or feminist strength in funny/riveting 1 & 2 person productions

68
Great acting, Disappointing, Long, Grim

See it if Individually each play is interesting. Together it becomes repetitious. All are strong actresses..

Don't see it if Angel: Rehana is a sniper who successfully kills ISIS for over a year. This is barely examined. I wanted to know how she survived so long &

Also who helped her. Would have been so much more involving.... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if Liked Cry Havoc-this will make you rave-cry-think-feel anger-think and be grateful you were privileged to see this before its run is over

Don't see it if Heavy heavy drama's, thought provoking virtuoso drama's depress you

87
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you like stories of women coming into their own, or want to better understand what's happening in Syria (to locals & foreign women recruits)

Don't see it if you don't like serious plays. You abhor described violence (nothing is shown, fyi).

Also I really hope this show finds a wider audience. ANGEL alone is worth t... Read more Read less

67
Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious, Cliched, Overrated

See it if You want to see stories portrayed by women

Don't see it if You do not want to see extreme minorities portrayed.

Also AT this time of difficulty for so many immigrants, Echoes does not hel... Read more Read less

89
Riveting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are interested in women's issues of ALL cultures. Well acted. Disturbing subject matter.

Don't see it if If you are prejudice or mysogynistic. But I guess you wouldn't really know or accept if you are. ;)

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to be immersed in a world about which we know too little and ought to know more.

Don't see it if You need a belly laugh.

Also The honesty of the acting was captivating. On the barest of stage sets... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Powerful stories out of the playwright's Arabian Nightmares trilogy showcasing the heroism of 3 women living in disparate places and time

Don't see it if Not lighthearted subject matter; gruesome accounts of violent deaths in war zone; bare stage, heavily leaning on light design/direction

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see excellent acting and get drawn into some pretty compelling stories.

Don't see it if I can’t image why anyone wouldn’t want to see this show.

Also Wow. I mean it. Wow. From the moment it started, the actors grabbed ou... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Intense

See it if You can prevent yourself from exasperated shouting to the characters (Echoes) "how can you be so stupid? "

Don't see it if If the very high price of female innocence is of no interest to you.


April 24th, 2017
"'Echoes' is an unforgettable theatrical experience...Avital Lvova's solo performance as Angel is stunning. She plays the challenging role with remarkable energy and passion...'Angel' & 'Echoes' are two plays that are well paired to portray the devastating effects of war and tyranny. This meaning...
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April 17th, 2017
"The Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59 gets off to a gripping start with 'Angel & Echoes'...The stories in 'Angel & Echoes' are deeply necessary, providing us with powerful and revealing glimpses into the intractable religious and sexual prejudices behind the forces that have transformed these o...
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April 18th, 2017
“Presented together on the same bill, ‘Angel & Echoes’ is part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters (where ‘Echoes’ originally played last year). As written by Naylor, enacted with ferocity and vitality by Avital Lvova, and directed with dispatch by Michael Cabot, ‘Angel’ proves t...
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April 17th, 2017
"Both 'Angel' and 'Echoes' are rich, captivating stories about themes in urgent need of attention. Naylor makes it easy to fall in love with Rehana, which makes her expected end a punch in the gut. This is true with Tillie and Samira in 'Echoes' as well. The simplicity of the production is perfec...
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