Coal Country
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Coal Country
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Coal Country NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(99 Ratings)
Positive
87%
Mixed
10%
Negative
3%
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Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

Audible Theater presents The Public Theater's critically acclaimed production of Coal Country

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68 Reviews | 11 Followers
95
Relevant, Profound, Must see, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You like Steve Earle

Don't see it if You’re looking for a big production.

123 Reviews | 26 Followers
95
Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if You’d enjoy a gem of a show: masterful script with pitch perfect cast, joined onstage by the amazing Steve Earle adding poignant songs.

Don't see it if You wouldn’t enjoy a tapestry of true stories relating to the corporate greed of the Massey mine disaster in 2010. Read more

94 Reviews | 13 Followers
95
Important, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want a part of history that needs to be heard, from a group of people not usually represented on the New York stages.

Don't see it if You want a lighthearted musical, or one where the songs advance the story instead of commenting on it.

270 Reviews | 63 Followers
93
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Absorbing

See it if For insight into modern coal mining, exploitation of non-union workforce, tour deforce songwriting & well drawn characters, excellent acting

Don't see it if You view loss of life as part of the price of the energy business, You want light themes or lots of staging Read more

89 Reviews | 9 Followers
92
Great music by steve earle that truly complemented the story., Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you think you might be interested in seeing a play about the mechanical and human operations of US coal mines. You will not be disappointed.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light night of comedy.

598 Reviews | 284 Followers
92
Great singing, Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if An authentic play featuring music from SteveEarle is abt theWVmine explosion of 2010,told by miners who survived&fam members o thosewhodidnt

Don't see it if you expect a musical although Earle's mesmerizing songs-like most of the Appalachian tradition-underline the plays themes of exploitation* Read more

76 Reviews | 12 Followers
90
Powerful, great music, enlightening, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if love amazing casting...Accompaniment by Steve Earle (probably the greatest country/blues songwriter}...Historical drama about a mine tragedy

Don't see it if you want to be joyfully uplifted, because this play will make you 1-depressed and 2-angry. Emotions will stretch to limits, Riveting. Read more

62 Reviews | 8 Followers
90
Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if this is a unique form of documentary theater, based on authentic dialogue with survivors of corporate neglect. Memorializing injustice

Don't see it if you are not interested in the importance of safety provisions for workers or the pain and love that communities experience

Critic Reviews (19)

New York Theatre Guide
March 10th, 2022

"4/5 stars...The laughs in 'Coal Country' are sparse, but like in stand-up, the performers tell true stories directly to the audience and create a strong connection. You may not feel uplifted after hearing the performers' stories...but after we've all experienced collective grief amid the pandemic, you'll feel seen, making the show even more affecting than during its first (abbreviated) run in March 2020...The performances are uniformly excellent."
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Theatermania
March 10th, 2022

"A much-deserved remounting off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre (a cozy and rustic house even better suited to the show's content than the Public)...Earle sings several refrains of 'Union, God, and Country' — the holy trinity of West Virginia — and invites his Yankee spectators to do the same...This sing-along is one of the most stupefying things I've ever seen rouse a crowd of theater liberals, but if that isn't proof of the power of story, I don't know what is."
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TheaterScene.net
March 18th, 2022

Audible, Inc. has given Coal Country a second chance. Its first run at The Public Theater aborted by the Pandemic, this heartbreaking tale of corporate malfeasance in America’s heartland still deserves to be seen. Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen have taken the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in West Virginia twelve years ago—on April 5th to be exact—and have spun it into a play with music that delves into the human toll of that tragic event
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Theater Pizzazz
April 1st, 2022

"The riveting, masterful work written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen with original music by Steve Earle in a fabulous encore presentation by Audible and the Public Theater seems more impactful each time it is presented. We can never get enough of this exceptionally performed, shining work...With minimalist but trenchant symbolic scenic design (Richard Hoover), effective lighting design (David Lander), sound design (Darron L West) and costume design (Jessica Jahn), 'Coal Country' is an amazing revival. It is profound and memorable in scope and power. Don’t miss it this time around."
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New York Theater
March 10th, 2022

Like a classic folk ballad, full of understated outrage and exquisite down-home music… The pandemic cut short the original run of “Coal Country” at the Public Theater in March 2020. (It was subsequently released as an audio play by Audible…) The play is reopening…at what is arguably an especially opportune moment – when the world’s focus is on the deadly politics of energy. This gives extra heft to an underlying message
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Broadway Blog
March 10th, 2022

"This bone-chilling exposé will infuriate anyone with an aligned moral compass. But it is the humanity of the survivors of Raleigh County, portrayed with nuance and vulnerability by a cast of 11, that brings theatricality to the inevitable outcome...The words are the real star here. Confessionals of compassion and fury ring similarly true."
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T
March 12th, 2022

Coal Country’s excellent ensemble hits the motherlode over and over, mining it for its every ounce of unbearable grief, labor unity, and moral outrage. How deeply you’re affected by it, though, now that—as Tom says in The Glass Menagerie—the world is again “lit by lightning,” and your worries are pulled hither and yon, is something you’ll have to determine for yourself.
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The New York Times
March 3rd, 2020
For a previous production

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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