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're a diehard fan of Russian history, literature, or of those involved with the production.
Don't see it if you don't want to spend three hours with a furrowed brow trying to keep track of a convoluted plot.
See it if you like Russian history and can sort through the characters yourself.
Don't see it if Actors play multiple roles in various times, from Isaac Babel on the front to Putin. Confusing, point gets lost.
See it if You have the 2 3/4 hour time and dont mind a slowly revealed predictable play. I dont think the point was ever made, the connection failed.
Don't see it if You want straight narrative, you dont want the typical everything is connected except the rationale for the play.
See it if intelligent but confusing drama. (Spent much of the 2 intermissions explaining the relationships) based on historical people .
Don't see it if Like clear story line or expect characters to develop and not just age. Sometimes almost annoyingly “cartoonish. “
See it if Can’t think of a good reason to see it. Expected more from Joseph and plot of truthfulness and Russia. magical thinking combined with facts
Don't see it if You expect to care about the multi character and multi decade story where everyone ends up connected- improbable and implausible.
See it if you're a Rajiv Joseph fan or Atlantic member. 3 hr convoluted political drama focused on a true or not true/lies theme w/implausible story
Don't see it if you want entertainment. I'm frustrated in not figuring out what message playwright wanted to convey to his audience. decent acting & staging
See it if you like historical fiction--a theater version of an epic novel--as a way of understanding a historical time and place.
Don't see it if play that jumps around in time and tends toward redundancy will leave you bored or irritated.
See it if interested in plays that try to relate to historic events in this case involving the soviet union
Don't see it if was disappointed since I like the Atlantic and the playwright and many of the performers but found it slow and tedious and disconnected
See it if you like plays about big important issues (war, censorship, totalitarianism) even if the play doesn't say anything much new about them.
Don't see it if you don't like plays about historical figures or plays presented in a non-linear timeframe.
See it if You need to see All his plays You want to support the actors
Don't see it if You want to feel the almost 3hr trip was worth it in any way You expect the same emotional connection as his other work