From the show:
In 2010, the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia killed 29 men, and tore a hole in the lives of countless others.
In this riveting, emotionally stunning new work based on first-person accounts by survivors and family members, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, award-winning writers of The Exonerated, and three-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk legend Steve Earle, dig deep into the lives and loss of the most deadly mining disaster in recent U.S. history.
Jessica Blank directs this haunting world premiere that gives voice to those yet unheard, and shines a piercing light on the deadly forces of greed and the enduring power of love.
See it if You really love the music of Steve Earle. It's the best part of this show.
Don't see it if You're looking for a play that engages the audience through an interesting narrative. What they say here is important. The style is boring.
See it if Important story about low income working community suffering from illegal corporate action
Don't see it if You want a standard narrative play
See it if you love Steve Earle, the Public, West Virginia, real-life stories. The ensemble does solid work, and everything here feels true.
Don't see it if Why is this onstage? And why now? Similar stories have been told. I dig a simple show, but the simplicity here feels underdone.
See it if You want to learn more about the coal mining disaster of 2010, and if you want to support the voices of underrepresented union workers.
Don't see it if You are looking for an uplifting evening, if you are looking for dazzling scenery or any sort of spectacle within the staging.
See it if The main theme of the mine explosions is relevant and timely. Solid performances.
Don't see it if The use of music was painful. It completely took away and outrage and drama that the actors started to build and turned it into sugar water.
See it if Really great acting from the entire cast and an interesting & relevant story.
Don't see it if If you dislike monologue heavy shows. I didn't care for the format, The characters don't interact much with each other, mostly monologues.
See it if You know nothing about the mining disaster that the show is about or if you want a small Steve Earle concert (he plays live the whole show).
Don't see it if You've seen virtually any play or film about the lives of coal miners. It's just so bland and generic a show.