Coal Country NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(56 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
14%
Negative
5%
Members say
Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing

About the Show

From the creators of "The Exonerated" comes this new work based first-person accounts by survivors of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion and their family members.

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82
Through combo of actors acting out words of survivors & the music of steve earl, bears witness to the devastation of the 2010 west virginia upper big branch coal mine explosion

See it if punch to gut; captures ethos of mining community & sense of loss/anger after explosion; fine cast; Earl's folk tunes provide authenticity

Don't see it if never reaches potential as rallying cry vs corp greed; doesn't build 2 dramatic moments; music too unvaried 2 heighten emotional impact

90
Personal, Gut wrenching, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if great documentary theater tells a compelling, powerful story of human suffering & loss; gorgeous acting; music is perfect for the setting

Don't see it if not interested in learning more about the coal industry and it's importance in the community - can't live with it, can't live without it Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
March 3rd, 2020

CRITIC’S PICK. "Songs and Stories in a Disaster’s Aftermath: Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s show at the Public Theater, with live music by Steve Earle, is based on a real-life West Virginia mining tragedy."
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Time Out New York
March 3rd, 2020

4/5 Stars "A devastating documentary play...Blank and Jensen...compassionately channel true accounts of survival without editorializing, so nothing gets in the way of our empathy...The performances are gorgeously authentic and underplayed."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 3rd, 2020

"Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen give voice to the friends and families of miners killed in a 2010 West Virginia explosion in this haunting drama with original music written and performed by Steve Earle."
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Theatermania
March 3rd, 2020

"Coal Country Takes Us to West Virginia Where We're Far Past Canaries: Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen chronicle the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion at the Public Theater, with original songs by Steve Earle."
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BroadwayWorld
March 5th, 2020

"Powerfully Plainspoken 'COAL COUNTRY' Speaks The Truths of Mining Disaster Victims"
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Lighting & Sound America
March 4th, 2020

"It's gripping, laced with heartbreak, and it opens a window on the current American dilemma. Of its kind, it is nearly perfect."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 3rd, 2020

"An air of authenticity suffuses the production, which first-rate performances by the cast and by singer-songwriter Steve Earle."
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New York Stage Review
March 3rd, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen have sewn together a shocking, touching West Virginia quilt of blithe corporate corruption, offering another important piece to the annals of working-class theater literature."
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New York Stage Review
March 3rd, 2020

3/5 Stars. "A new docudrama regarding a mine disaster in 2010, performed by a fine company of actors and beautifully staged at the Public Theater."
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Theater News Online
March 3rd, 2020

"TAPESTRY OF GRIEF: As the best folk songs often do, this powerful show may make you both sad and elated."
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CurtainUp
March 6th, 2020

"Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen's documentary drama about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia presents a series of searing first-person accounts of the disaster, as told by the survivors and family members of the victims."
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Front Row Center
March 4th, 2020

Score: 95% "You have until April 5th to get your ticket to 'Coal Country' at The Public, please don't hesitate."
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