Camp Siegfried (Second Stage Theater)
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Camp Siegfried (Second Stage Theater)

Camp Siegfried (Second Stage Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(273 Reviews)
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Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

From Tony Award nominee Bess Wohl (Grand Horizons) comes an exhilarating new play about how far we’ll go to belong

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Member Reviews (273)

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716 Reviews | 157 Followers
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Cliched, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Interesting concept based on an actual locale, characters not developed as thoroughly as one would expect, what happened between scenes?

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with talk about Nazis or snide references to outsiders, seeing an innocent become a true believer, admiration for Hitler

512 Reviews | 79 Followers
Boring, Weak acting, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are related to someone in the cast/crew.Total waste of time.2ndStage does excellent work 99% of the time.This is dreary,dull & dreadful.

Don't see it if you want acting that's above the level of a middling high school production.Poor direction.Story should have gone deeper.Fascinating topic.

287 Reviews | 64 Followers

See it if Will surprise you and its not fully predictable; will surprise many since it is based in fact

Don't see it if an origin story of intolerance might be too much for the current climate

269 Reviews | 21 Followers

See it if You like small dramas about innocence and naive youths surrounded by heavy and disturbing events.

Don't see it if You want drama or a story. Very little happens and the outcome is obvious if you know anything about WWII.

259 Reviews | 61 Followers
Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you have nothing better to do and can get a cheap ticket.

Don't see it if you want a lot of action, or suspense, or anything other than navel gazing between two teenagers.

258 Reviews | 43 Followers

See it if You're interested in the topic of German youth indoctrination. The staging is interesting.

Don't see it if You want a fully coherent script. The idea is interesting, but the show drags in places.

251 Reviews | 23 Followers
Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to watch great acting and an interesting circumstance.

Don't see it if You were hoping for a deeper dive into the situation or a fast-paced show.

197 Reviews | 42 Followers
Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a beautiful set that is used in a unique way.

Don't see it if You are looking for action, drama, or a thick plot. Not much happens at all, and the dialogue is rough. The setting adds nothing to plot.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
November 15th, 2022

"It’s a lot for an 80-minute play about teenagers, and though 'Camp Siegfried' is fascinating anyway, perhaps a longer treatment would have allowed the characters to unwind more naturally."
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Time Out New York
November 15th, 2022

" 'Camp Siegfried' feels a little underweight to take on its provocative subject... The play is a too-brief dip into this much deeper sea."
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New York Theatre Guide
November 16th, 2022

"Bess Wohl's play includes romance, but sentimental and forgiving it is not...Wohl is trying to craft a metaphor: Falling for fascism is its own kind of toxic relationship."
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November 15th, 2022

"In the end, 'Camp Siegfried' is most undermined by its caution: It holds the characters at arms-length and allows us to examine their fling from a safe distance. "
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Lighting & Sound America
November 16th, 2022

n this deft, compact, two-hander Wohl excavates a fascinating, if dismaying, slice of recent New York history, while obliquely commenting on those who prefer to live in today's political echo chambers. David Cromer's laser eye for the tiniest emotional shifts makes him the right director for this property and his actors, both making their New York theatre debuts, are ideal.
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Talkin' Broadway
November 15th, 2022

" 'Camp Siegfried' does not have the audacity and sheer theatricality of the other work, but it still offers a potent and timely reminder that hatred and neo-fascism can flourish in our own backyard."
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New York Stage Review
November 15th, 2022

"That ugliness can fester in beautiful settings may not be an original observation, but it is a timely one, and Wohl’s play, if not her most affecting, provides a sobering reminder."
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November 24th, 2022

"Camp Siegfried" is a new departure for the author of "Small Mouth Sounds," "Continuity," "Make Believe' and "Grand Horizons." Depicting an important piece of history in an age when hate speech is on the rise, the play seems to be attempting something it doesn’t quite achieve. However, it is certainly a worthy effort and an engrossing piece in the theater though it leaves us hungry for more.
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