Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Building the Wall

From 133 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

About the show

New World Stages presents Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan's new play set in a not-too-distant future when Trump's administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. More…

In a time when shocking campaign rhetoric turns into real policies, 'Building the Wall' reveals the power of theater to question who we are and where we might be going. This harrowing drama strives to deliver a powerful warning and put a human face on the inhuman by revealing how when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.

1h 30m | Already closed | New World Stages (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (133)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

81
Those who think trump is leading us to disaster will find this play a disquieting confirmation, others ...

See it if powerful case TRUMP launching events sliding country into "final solution" 4 immigrants; James Dale terrific lead showing banality of evil

Don't see it if play provides no new insights 2 rise of Trump; not subtle theatrically, in this 2 hander, Tunie as questioner not effective foil 2 Dale

Also SPOILER ALERT: The play posits that the reign of TRUMP will inevitably... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in extremely current, topical plays about societal issues & what our future might look like under a Trump administration.

Don't see it if You're already seething about Trump and need theatre to de-stress you instead of reminding you of his agenda.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting

See it if Politically themed drama that packs a serious punch is your thing. You are appalled by the road our country has been put on by Trump !

Don't see it if You like Trump because this powerfully written drama whose theme is an imagined horrendous result of his immigration policy is hard to watch

79
Chilling, Disturbing, Absorbing, Relevant, Edgy

See it if you enjoy political themed stories referencing the past, present and possible future.

Don't see it if you are so leery of our present government that one more crisis will send you over the edge. This is a very disturbing play.

96
Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You worry about where DT's executive actions are taking the country and their unintended consequences.

Don't see it if You think Trump is doing a good job.

Also Schenken writes a play that builds from the start to a climactic end.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in a what-if scenario regarding immigration, deportation, and going too far. Gives you something to think about.

Don't see it if you get bored by a play with only two characters, you don't like matter-of-fact dialogue or political theater

75
Intense, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a political thriller with drama so real that you might find it on an episode of Homeland or even in the news.

Don't see it if you don't want to be confronted by heavy political themes or are looking for something comedic/uplifting.

85
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Unrealistic, Biased

See it if are looking for a worst case scenario about our current political climate. It is an interesting study that is far fetched and speculative.

Don't see it if You prefer political shows that are not one sided and not designed as propaganda.

Also The writers are trying to frighten Americans into believing we are hea... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting, Terrifying

See it if you like a play that is extremely well acted, cautionary, can be emotionally harrowing and deals with a societal trend that is alarming.

Don't see it if desire light entertainment, non political content and happy endings.

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, A piece of work that deserves a wider audience to come experience this "tour de force" theatrical event!!!

See it if you are looking for a theater experience that will have you talking about it LONG AFTER you leave the theater that evening and weeks later!!

Don't see it if you are not interested in having a mind blowing experience in the theater.

Also Seeing Building The Wall will tear down EVERYTHING you ever thought ab... Read more Read less

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

See it if You like 2-character plays about intense, relevant social issues. There's cussing. Minimal set. Prejudice issues. Political rhetoric & anger

Don't see it if Dislike all of the above... It's not anti-any-one-particular-candidate... 85-minutes... Of intensity... Great acting! See it. It won't hurt.

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You hate Trump, have nothing better to do, and can't get cheap tickets to anything else.

Don't see it if You have anything else to do. I really don't bash shows--I can almost always find something good--and I just couldn't find it in this. Sorry

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want a thought provoking evening with great acting.

Don't see it if you are not interested in plays that are relevant to today

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if - You like plays which describe how a dystopian environment could develop if potential events are taken to their illogical conclusion

Don't see it if You believe dystopian or dysfunctional regimes are not possible future scenarios. You believe history can't repeat itself ... in some form

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You would like to see where a dystopian, right wing, anti-immigrant agenda might lead. Great acting, stunning conclusion.

Don't see it if You believe all is well in the world and that seemingly 'right' policies cannot go awfully wrong.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if This is a riviting play about the privatizing of our prison system that turns in to a holacost exicution camp. Fantastic acting

Don't see it if If you voted for Trump

Also Bravo to the actors and the director I was sitting on the edge of my s... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if The lead actor was amazing and while the story is hard to believe or take it makes you think

Don't see it if like Trump

48
Banal, Excruciating, Slow, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if I can't think of a reason.

Don't see it if You want to see something fresh and engaging.

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in speculative depictions of near future events

Don't see it if You want something visually stunning or if you want to escape current politics and fears

71
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

See it if you wish to see new work addressing the current socio-political climate in the US

Don't see it if you do not enjoy speculative, political stories

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you enjoy political thrillers masterfully written. It needs to be seen so we remember what is at risk & how easily everything can be lost.

Don't see it if you are in Trumpian denial.

82
Relevant, Intense, Edgy

See it if You’re intrigued.

Don't see it if You need more stimulation then two people on stage.

Also I really like how they handled it. We all heard the buzz ages ago.. Th... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want to explore your own feelings about human responsibility in relation to authority. You want to be motivated to keep resisting abuse.

Don't see it if You don't want to test the limits of your compassion for humankind,

Also I wish this weren't closing....

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You love current events with a spin. Or if you love a well preformed and written play. A 90min show makes one question and feel many things.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big Broadway show. The only thing big here is talent. Don't see it if your not a fan of in"real time" shows like 24

75
Ambitious, Relevant, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like powerful drama flowing from the major political and societal issues of our time.

Don't see it if politics bore you, you're white fragile, or you need a happy ending.


May 24th, 2017
“Slick and dispiriting…The dialogue, and even the thinness of the characters, are not the core problems here. Both are, in any case, mitigated by the director Edelson’s production, which is expertly paced, beautifully lit and perfectly cast…‘Building the Wall’ might as well be called ‘Building th...
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May 26th, 2017
"The rough first draft of a journalistic play...A sloppy soup of factoids, clichés and dire portent, the show may elicit standing ovations from those who already share its fears, but they’re only standing in place...Exposition doesn’t come much balder than it does here...The characters and the hi...
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May 24th, 2017
“A solid reminder of how quickly and effectively theater can respond to what’s going on in the world…‘Building the Wall’ contains passionate anger and urgency and, despite the occasional didactic exchange in which the characters all too obviously serve as mouthpieces for political arguments, it’s...
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May 24th, 2017
“A powerful dystopian drama…The work is sure to provoke shock, awe and much talk…A hot-off-the-laptop scorcher of a play…The play’s schematic structure has overly familiar elements of conversational confrontations…But it’s gripping storytelling, and powerful performances trump any sense of an ove...
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