Set in Russia over the course of 90 years, the Atlantic's new epic drama from Rajiv Joseph ('Guards at the Taj') traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth, and conspiracy theories. More…
In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk.
See it if You like well acted and staged plays. It’s long but the complex plot keeps things moving well.
Don't see it if Russian history as a backdrop would bore you or you don’t like political dramas/thrillers.
See it if Characters and events intertwine from four different periods in Russian history. Only bits of truth remain, and even those are questioned.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy piecing together fragments of a non-linear story. Intellectually challenging with a mean villain, but not emotionally moving
See it if Epic, ambitious & talent stretching effort by Joseph to chart the reach of Stalinistic policies into modern society esp 'fake news'
Don't see it if Despite impeccible acting, drama becomes a bit turgid & slow (Sardelli's direction lacks punch) Time trevelling technique grows tedious
See it if You’d love a sprawling, epic, everything-is-connected work of historical fiction that makes you want to read more about the play’s events.
Don't see it if You dislike heady plays that bounce around between different time periods and make you feel unsure of if you’re following the plot.
See it if you like historical stories with some spices thrown in; truth or dare situations and great acting by all, especially Tina Benko.
Don't see it if you don't like long plays or political history with mystery; you don't like bits of embellishment thrown into your non fiction; poor ending.
See it if you enjoy historical dramas even if they are mixed with a pinch of fiction. A wonderful show-stealing performance by Tina Benko.
Don't see it if you can't sit still for three hours. Or if you do not like historical plays not told in chronological order.
See it if KBG spies, Polish government crashes, and a mysterious diary story-line interest you.
Don't see it if you are already overwhelmed by the Trump presidency’s connection to present day Russia.
See it if you are a fan of Russian historical events from the past 70 years told in stories that go back and forth in time and are all tied together.
Don't see it if you are not interested in Russian historical events or plays that go back and forth in time that can be a bit confusing & require attention.
See it if You like historical dramas that move back and forth in time creating an intricate puzzle. This was a complex and beautifully written play.
Don't see it if You don’t like fact and fiction blended, you don’t like themes, and leitmotifs carried forward through different acts. If 3 hrs is too long.
See it if Nuggets of interesting characters well presented, grounded in elements of history, for you might be enough to justify extended sitting.
Don't see it if Jumping back and forth repeatedly in time, and attempting to follow a not terribly coherent story does not sound like an appealing option.
See it if Excellent actors take us to & from points in Russian history that can serve as a warning for us today. An important play.
Don't see it if You have never read Russian history nor have an interest in it.
See it if You want to see a dazzling political/historical work of dramatic fiction that takes smart artistic license with historical facts
Don't see it if You don't like plays that require you to pay attention and do a little work piecing together plot points.
See it if you like historical shows based over time. See it if you like puzzling shows. It takes a patience to understand what is happening.
Don't see it if you need your plots in chronological order or if you only like fast paced shows. Very dense material.
See it if Stoppard fans rejoice. Imitation is sincerest form of flattery. Ambitious, perhaps excessively. Plenty to keep tabs on. Good wintertime play
Don't see it if A lot to chew on, but ingredients don't always blend. RJ assumes we were history/lit double majors. Direction cannot contain play's sprawl.
See it if You enjoy political subject matter and are ready for a heavy night
Don't see it if You are looking for something light or looking for interesting staging - or if you are part of the Trump administration
See it if you appreciate plays that grapple with big ideas and large canvases, even when they sometimes don't work; you're a fan of Rajiv Joseph
Don't see it if you prefer the emotional to the epic, or the narrative to the poetic; you don't like multigenerational tales or keeping track of characters
See it if you like long, talky plays about Russia. You don't mind 2 intermissions. You like Danny Burstein, Tina Benko (the best thing about show)
Don't see it if you don't like long, serious plays about Russia. The ideas are interesting, but the writing falls short & the show is too long by an hour.
See it if you have loved Mr. Joseph's other works and you support the process of new plays. Also, it's always great to see Danny Burstein in ANY show!
Don't see it if long dramas turn you off or anything "period-based" isn't your cup-of-tea.
See it if If you find modern Russian history absorbing. Some terrible directing and acting. Confusing and polemic. I walked out.
Don't see it if You want to be informed, entertained, or otherwise enjoy a night at the theatre.