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 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 If you want to see a very honest, well produced, with great music show. And as usual Steve Earle's music was amazing and soulful.
Don't see it if If you don't like reality and how people are treated so badly. Companies choose profits over humanity.
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 like docu-dramas. This real life event, told with exquisite story and song is emotional and informative, entertaining and moving.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a big splashy musical or a show with a traditional story arc. This is done with very little set, just good story telling.
See it if you're a fan of Steve Earle, enjoy oral histories of real events, interested in issues facing coal miners & families and workers vs. owners
Don't see it if don't like topical musicals, identify more with mgmt than workers, expect a happy, song & dance musical not one about real tragic events
See it if True tale of a West Virginia mining disaster told by the ones left behind. Raw emotion. Great music by Steve Earle! Very sad story.
Don't see it if If you don't like country music. If taken-from-life political theater is not your thing. If you're looking for fun and games.
See it if You are interested in hearing first person accounts from people who lost a loved one in the West Virginia coal mining explosion in 2010.
Don't see it if You have trouble dealing with the sadness and loss.
Also Beautiful music by Steve Earle. The casting was excellent.
See it if Bare set with Steve Earle playing music he composed--Alongside actors w transcripted narratives re: coal mine explosion in West Virginia.
Don't see it if Poignant and heartbreaking true accounts of an actual explosion in a coal mine-- beautifully woven story integrating many of the individuals
See it if You want to hear random people tell overlapping accounts of losing loved ones in a mining accident.
Don't see it if You are looking for any kind of interesting narrative flow. Or music that adds to the story.
See it if you want to see a beautifully told true story with powerful acting about a mine explosion and the impact on those left behind.
Don't see it if you want a lighthearted show and/or one where characters interact. This is a tragedy told by characters telling their story to the audience.
See it if you want to understand coal miners and their lives. See it if you like documentaries based on actual interviews with the people involved.
Don't see it if you have no feelings for others or are not interested in the story of the death of 29 West Virginians and corporate greed.
See it if You care about human beings and want to see some real sorrow other than mid class’ moaning
Don't see it if You don’t want to face the real problem that still exists on this society
Also The music is good
See it if Documentary of mining disaster brought to life using the real words of survivors teamed with Earle's wonderful score. Unique in approach.
Don't see it if Happy what you're after. This is honest. Steps to disaster visible, yet no one can stop it. Want to think of corporations as benevolent.
See it if you enjoy real life character driven stories that touch the heart and bring the human face to a terrible tragedy without justice received.
Don't see it if you more elaborate and plot driven versus character driven dramas.
See it if A riveting and heartbreaking story of people who lost family in the coal mine disaster in west va. Felt like the real people and culture
Don't see it if Youre looking for something light and not upsetting.
See it if verbatim theatre from THE EXONERATED team. heartfelt work on disaster and corruption in WVA mining country, with haunting Steve Earle music
Don't see it if if verbatim theatre, monologue-driven, is not your cuppa tea, this may not be for you
See it if you are interested or outraged at the treatment of miners (and other workers) by their bosses who only care about the bottom line
Don't see it if you would side with the bosses who cavalierly cause the death of 29 workers
See it if you care about US labor history and the treatment of coal miners. you like a skillful interweaving of edited interviews and music
Don't see it if you want a happy ending. you want "two sides" of the story.