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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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Member Reviews (56)

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Thought-provoking, Touching, Great music, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if documentary theater about a fatal mine explosion, monologues based on real interviews & trial records; interspersed with folk music

Don't see it if don't want minimalist staging (a few benches are just moved around the stage); want dialogue rather than monologues Read more

84
Haunting true story of corporate greed

See it if You loved Come From Away.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something light.

Critic Reviews (12)

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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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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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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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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March 5th, 2020

"Powerfully Plainspoken 'COAL COUNTRY' Speaks The Truths of Mining Disaster Victims"
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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