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Angel & Echoes

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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)


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

During previews
Absorbing, Painful, Makes you think, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You can handle devastating truths about the lives of women in war torn Syria (& 1 in Victorian British Afghanistan). Courageous & painful~

Don't see it if Bare bones production of monologues which, if you're not interested in subject), could tax you. 2 of the 3 actresses are impassioned/strong~

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intense

See it if If you like one-woman shows or two handlers. You like political topics and are interested in women's lives.

Don't see it if You like light entertainments. This one is really intense to me & makes me feel depressed several times during the show. The set is simple.

During previews
Powerful, Absorbing, Excellent, Epic, Must see

See it if stories about women navigating their societies which oppress them acted eloquently interests you

Don't see it if the violence described may upset you; these plays are tough

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Stilted, Spare

See it if you've got a secret craving for self-righteous theater that feels politically correct if unenlightened.

Don't see it if your ear is attuned to the subtle differences that make a story a story and a monologue a monologue. (They're not necessarily the same!)

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if 3 amazing stories by 3 masterful actress. How war effects women in current times & in the past. Important in this current political climat.

Don't see it if If you voted for the current "predictor in chief " thank you EE for this quote see her show about city of joy @ MTC

Also Such a powerful evening. Brovo to the artistic director of this Theath... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You would enjoy a compelling dramatic play told in the first person narrative. Powerful storytellling by terrific actors.

Don't see it if you dont like monologues or minimalist sets.

Also If you want to understand the horror of war and the price paid by thos... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Riveting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Poignant

See it if you like powerful performances in intimate, simple setting; women's war stories; unflinching look at injustice via complex characters.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter themes; you are triggered by graphic descriptions (and some enactment) of violence - more specific warnings below.

Also this production delivers some truly remarkable acting; the solo show A... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy didactic theatre well done.

Don't see it if You prefer more subtle drama.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want to see good actors in strong female roles. The characters were credible and had depth.

Don't see it if you want to see something light. There are some disturbing themes.

Also I felt that the writing was stronger in Echoes than in Angel.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you care about the different sides of war. Here, three women from three sides are given voice. Angel is powerful and raw and unapologetic.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to considering the unique angle of women in war. or if you want bells and whistles with staging.

During previews
Gripping, well acted,relevant

See it if you want to see exciting punchy plays on topics timely and of all time. Superbly acted tightly focused commentary on current/historic events

Don't see it if you dislike plays on political topics: ISIS, Colonialism, Subjugation of women. That demand your attention and espouse one point of view

Also I wish I had seen last year's production of Echoes to compare, but thi... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you're ready for intense, thought provoking, politically relevant and hard-hitting story telling in a minimalist setting.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for challenging "monologue" style short dramas.

Also Brilliant writing and acting... captivating and painful stories that o... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Avital Lvova in the second act was a one woman performer who was so amazing....overwhelming....beyond belief.......breathtaking performance

Don't see it if You don't like one woman shows........and are prejudiced against thedowntrodden people of the world..............not liberal.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy one acts, dark comedy, stories of violence and revenge, strong women characters, thoughtful writing and acting, monologues.

Don't see it if You have trouble undetstanding English accents, want a full length fully staged production, prefer a light comedy, you aren't in the mood.

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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