Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground
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Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground

Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground NYC Reviews and Tickets

(593 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Relevant

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (521)

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141 Reviews | 28 Followers
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to truly see a masterful performance and a brilliant walk through history that you might not have known.

Don't see it if If you don't like one man shows or really great dramas... Just go!

536 Reviews | 279 Followers
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great performance by john rubinstein, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a masterful performance by John Rubinstein as Eisenhower. Also, if you are into history and politics, see it!

Don't see it if one-person plays aren't your thing. Read more

441 Reviews | 88 Followers
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy an excellent solo historical performance by a gifted actor

Don't see it if If you do not like solo acts

79 Reviews | 18 Followers
Informative, Interesting, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want a thoughtful historical play with amazing acting

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows, want pizzaz

103 Reviews | 18 Followers
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like thoughtful, humanizing portrayals of “great men,” or extended monologues by great actors. You’ll need some knowledge of US history.

Don't see it if you don’t like one-man shows. It can feel at times like an older man reminiscing about his glory days in great detail.

56 Reviews | 13 Followers
Intense, Slow, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great acting, a play with historical basis, are keen about American history

Don't see it if You dislike monologues / one man show, or expect fully objective account. Parts of the play can be a bit slow but intentional.

71 Reviews | 9 Followers
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like one person shows about historic figures.

Don't see it if Long plays about history are not your thing

774 Reviews | 246 Followers
Great acting, Preachy, Informative, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Excellent portrayal. I didn’t know much about Ike, so I learned a lot. Overall it was an enjoyable “feel good” experience.

Don't see it if More of a presentation than a play. Preaches integrity & moderation with an obvious critique of today’s GOP. Read more

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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Theatre Reviews Limited
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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