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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

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in war and/or historical narratives from female perspectives.

Don't see it if you avoid narratives with descriptions war and/or sexual violence.

87
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Unbelievably good piece - small, intimate, but excellent writing. Compresses the politics of the middle east into human, accessible terms.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows (It is a two hander first act, solo second act)

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you love plays led by a small cast about tough subjects like religion, oppression, and murder or if you love anything from Edinburgh Fringe.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of single actor shows or bare staging. Each play is only an hour each but the lack of movement can make it feel longer.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You're a fan of strong writing, layered storytelling, and strong female lead characters.

Don't see it if You see the world in black-and-white, you need happy endings, or you're anti-feminist.

94
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Intense

See it if You like plays that deal with contemporary issues brilliantly acted and writing that is both explicit and poetic

Don't see it if You are disturbed by descriptions of graphic violence

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like political, challenging drama that will keep you riveted with superb acting and also is satirical.

Don't see it if You want light hearted whimsical theatre.

100
Riveting, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Powerful

See it if you like powerful stories based on current events performed by three outstanding actresses

Don't see it if you are a musical-comedy aficionado with no interest in world events

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want to see great acting in a storytelling manner about women experience in the Middle East conflict.

Don't see it if You are not interested in middle east conflict and not into just watching one or 2 actors without much props and just concentrating on them

Also Very intense but quite absorbing great performances by these 3 women. ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like terrific acting. You are interested in women's lives and experiences. You like short plays.

Don't see it if You don't like watching bad things happen to people.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if Strong acting, great writing! Kept us enthralled! The second play the acting took your breath away👍

Don't see it if You don't want to enjoy a thought provoking play. You're looking for a musical.

81
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if It is 2 very powerful stories about women problems in a mans world now and 175 years ago and how they parallel each other. Great acting.

Don't see it if If you have a problem w women's issues present & past

88
Riveting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if You like gritty serious drama with great acting.It can leave you stunned. Actress in one-woman show, Angel, gives a stunning performance.

Don't see it if Anything light or "feel good".

89
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Harrowing

See it if You are prepared for a harrowing ride through the unfortunate and violent reality playing out on the other side of the world

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a feelgood flick. These 2 plays will leave you feeling drained and humbled by your good fortune.

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

See it if you like a minimal aesthetic, intense and compelling storytelling that's beautifully acted, and female-centric narratives

Don't see it if certain violent themes are triggering to you, you prefer shows with an ensemble, or you prefer a light-hearted story

100
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if if you are ready to face the truth about women in the middle east. A MUST SEE.

Don't see it if go to the theater to be solely entertained. This play will make you weep.

85
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to see excellent acting on a thought provoking topic.

Don't see it if if you are absolutely against gun control no matter what

During previews
80
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you like stories about strong women who battle against male oppression. The stories are moving, the acting impressive. Bare bones production

Don't see it if you want light entertainment. This is an important reminder that we all must fight the oppression of women, particularly by religions.

During previews
78
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you enjoy seeing women who feel alone, helpless and sometimes abused do something to change their terrible situation.Moving,great acting.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by story of women who are placed in horrible wartime situations with very poor options. This is not a happy show.

During previews
88
Impactful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You're ready for a powerful indictment of war, military culture, extremism, violence against women, & inhuman treatment of innocent civilian

Don't see it if You want light entertainment

During previews
95
Perfect

See it if you love perfect marriage of actor to role. Brilliant lighting design, minimal props, a world created with the melding of our minds.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by war or middle east themes

During previews
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Riveting

See it if If you are interested in women's issues and their role historically and currently in the Middle East .Graphic and disturbing.

Don't see it if If you are interested in light musicals or simple dramas.

During previews
88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You like simple staging. You can follow two stories side by side. You want to hear intense storytelling about women and their choices.

Don't see it if You need elaborate staging. You are not interested in hearing intense stories told by women.

Also These women were great storytellers. Their stories were intense and vi... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Profound, Relevant, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing

See it if real contemporary and historical experiences of strong, independent, resourceful, women amidst regional conflict and violence fascinate you.

Don't see it if you eschew violence, gore and death in live tragic theatre, tally plays about and including in casts only women, minimal set, hour length.

During previews
86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like good acting about political situations.

Don't see it if You like only musical and comedies.

During previews
92
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Like great thought provoking drama. Outstanding

Don't see it if Want light easy entertainment.


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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