Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground
Opens Oct 02 1h 50m
Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground

Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground NYC Reviews and Tickets

(500 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

About the Show

President Eisenhower reflects on his life and achievements after he is compared to other presidents.

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Member Reviews (500)

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198 Reviews | 146 Followers
John rubinstein, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Ike record his memoirs preparing for his book Learn about his life & how important decisions were madeRiveting & interesting

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

159 Reviews | 19 Followers
Historical, Informative, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in knowing more about Eisenhower as a man, post presidency.

Don't see it if you don't care about people who contributed to the fabric of American history.

94 Reviews | 31 Followers
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Wow! What an incredible performance. A real tour to force by Mr. Rubinstein. A must see!!!

Don't see it if No reason to miss tbis whatsoever! I learned alot that I did not know.

224 Reviews | 38 Followers
Does justice to his true legacy

See it if You’re interested in the history of US presidents reevaluated by historians. This is a superb play that does Justice to his legacy. Must see

Don't see it if You have no interest in US history. Read more

112 Reviews | 22 Followers
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You enjoy history & want to know more about President Eisenhower. Even if you're just curious, you'll learn a lot. Rubenstein is compelling!

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows, aren't interested in history relevant to today, or want lots of action. Read more

297 Reviews | 51 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a one character play about Eisenhower and all of the things he did in his life. John Rubinstein was remarkable!

Don't see it if if you don't like one character shows about historic events.

393 Reviews | 48 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if John Rubinstein resurrects Ike and immerses the audience into political moderation.

Don't see it if No reason no to unless you’re looking for Hamilton,

516 Reviews | 148 Followers
Superb acting !, Educational, Informative, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a brilliantly written biography of Eisenhower. I was skeptical that I would enjoy this solo play but I enjoyed it alot

Don't see it if You have no interest in this former President and his role in American history. See it anyway, it is terrific !

Critic Reviews (9)

Lighting & Sound America
June 21st, 2023
For a previous production

"It's ironic that Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground is dedicated to selling its title subject as a defender of liberal values (a term he hated). Such are the gyrations of our politics in an era when the terms 'liberal' and 'conservative' often seem to have lost their traditional meanings. This production is conceived as an emollient, meant to soothe and inspire. But the real Eisenhower was surely more interesting than the slightly waxen figure presented here."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 20th, 2023
For a previous production

“...Rubinstein, under Peter Ellenstein's direction, offers a complex and deeply rooted performance. Rubinstein does not so much offer an impersonation of Eisenhower, but he impressively captures the spirit of a man who strives for steadiness and calm while finding himself caught up in one global and national storm after another. It is a masterful acting achievement.”
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New York Stage Review
June 20th, 2023
For a previous production

“Enhanced by projections of historical photographs that give the production the feel of an illustrated biography, ‘Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground’ proves both a compelling solo drama and a welcome reminder that there was once a time when moderation did indeed play a vital role in national politics.”
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June 27th, 2023
For a previous production

Aside from being an engrossing and informative evening in the theater, "Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground" is a much needed lesson in democracy in our divisive times. Mostly forgotten today, the life and career of Dwight David Eisenhower who had a tremendous influence on the first half of the 20th century is given a thorough review. True, some unflattering parts of his life are left out. However, as this is told from his point of view, this can be forgiven. John Rubinstein turns out to be a perfect fit for this role and gives a memorable performance which joins the ranks of several other historical one-person shows of high caliber.
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Theater Pizzazz
June 21st, 2023
For a previous production

“Gaining ground for the right objective is the unspoken subtext as Eisenhower asserts that the next generation must exercise leadership to maintain American pride.”
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Front Row Center
June 21st, 2023
For a previous production

“One person shows that are biographical are always a bid dodgy. For one thing, the author has to come up with a reason for the character onstage to be talking at all – because the character is alone. It is much easier to drop the fourth wall and talk to the audience directly...’Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground’ is a perfect example.”
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June 26th, 2023
For a previous production

"Playwright Richard Hellesen successfully uses this trope to reveal to the audience the heart and soul of Dwight D. Eisenhower from the days of his youth to the present in 1962."
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New York Theater
June 20th, 2023
For a previous production

Rubinstein’s performance as Eisenhower, which quietly and effectively brings out what’s funny and what’s poignant in the script, is in most respects as welcome as all the other performances I’ve seen of his…But “Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground” seems intended as a history lesson in defense of 34, and perhaps a lesson about historians. As history, it gave me pause.
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