Ends Nov 24 | 1h 15m | Soho/Tribeca

Games

From 89 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

About the show

1936, Berlin. When Jewish athlete Helene Mayer is selected for the Nazis' Olympic Squad, she realizes she is fighting for much more than gold. More…

From the show:

Based on a true story, 'Games' is a cautionary tale for our times. A multi-award-winning, sell-out success, the show received won the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award and received astonishing 14, five and four-star reviews in Edinburgh where it was called: *****"Breathtaking and powerful, Henry Naylor's Games is sharp, funny and poignant- a must see." EdFest Magazine; ***** "A truly genius piece of writing" Voice Mag.


Member Reviews (89)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent
82
Avg Score

75
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Well acted, Interesting

See it if Well written, acted & directed. Interesting story. Relevant story to be told in America today.

Don't see it if You don't care about slower plays. I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It needed a better more powerful conclusion.

70
Interesting story

See it if I thought the story was interesting and it was well acted.

Don't see it if You dislike plays that rely heavily on narration rather than dialog and actions to further the story.

84
Minimal, Absorbing, Refreshing, Smart

See it if A well staged and acted two hander. Rich characters and performances offer an interesting story.worth seeing for sure.

Don't see it if You don’t like minimal show. Although they made a lot out of a little.

75
Historical, Direct, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Informative

See it if Bio of two highly driven athletes in a politicized world. Relevant racial & identity issues. Why do people have to be labelled?

Don't see it if Two monologues which rarely intersect. Each actor narrates her uphill battle against history. Evocative descriptions, but I felt detached.

74
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Defying common established thought and fascism of the day, two femme Olympic runners stay focused, concentrating in their competitive lanes.

Don't see it if Monologues, but come with something to say.Topic is important, but acting skills should lift its weight. Still, sight not lost on its value.

89
Very well directed, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like good, tight dramas.Actresses are both excellent.Very well directed.Minimal set is very effective.Touching story.

Don't see it if you are an idiot about Trump.This play shows the effects of rabid racism.Speaks to the politics of today.See it and remember what can happen

75
Relevant

See it if The personal is the political: 2 women realize that their Jewish identities get in the way of their pursuits under a Nazi Germany.

Don't see it if Stiff writing (fancy writing vs spoken Eng), mostly monologues. If you already know that personal is political, this doesn't bring much more

Also Diversity: about two strong, Jewish girls/women characters. Interestin... Read more Read less

82
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Good writing

See it if you're interested in character-driven historical dramas.:Like minimalistic sets,good acting. Plays that present moral dilemmas.

Don't see it if you prefer fully staged. big productions, dislike dramas,

84
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see excellent acting by 2 talented women, you are interested in 20th century history and enjoy compelling personal stories.

Don't see it if You require elaborate sets, staging. This is basic but effective. Or if you are not interested in the pre-WWII era in Germany. But try it.

72
Weak script, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like small stage performances, good acting, interesting and important topic that is still relevant

Don't see it if you need a coherent end to a story.

Also The acting was quite good, and the story was important and although I ... Read more Read less

84
Eloquent dramatic prose

See it if you want to see a 75-minute drama with some of the best new dramatic writing this season, good acting & direction, intense.

Don't see it if You dislike 2-man shows, anything about Hilter or Nazis or highly focused productions with almost no set.

Also What I liked most about this show playwright Henry Naylor's evocative ... Read more Read less

70
Intense, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're interested in hidden stories of anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany. And well-acted for what it is.

Don't see it if a dramatic story told in a not very dramatic way.

80
Thought provoking historical show

See it if Very good acting Like historical context

Don't see it if Simple set The high drama is in the context, not in the acting

77
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want a slightly new take on Nazi/athletic thing going on in the 30's/40's

Don't see it if You're expecting profound revelations or excellent writing (although some of it was very good)

72
Worth seeing, Talky, Interesting

See it if you'd like a glimpse of a fascinating, yet under-explored portion of German pre-war history.

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally involved in the characters being portrayed.

Also This might have been a very powerful play but it never quite got to me... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in the untold stories of German-Jewish athletes and the 1936 Olympics, told in alternating monologues in an absorbing fas

Don't see it if You are expecting deep emotional impact, as I was, in light of the topic. It was a little superficial.

91
Good writing, Good acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you areyou interested in a little known bit of history involving Nazi Germany and the 1936 Olympics

Don't see it if you don't like 2-actor plays on a fairly bare stage or have no interest in history and oppression

Also We saw the understudy for 1 of the 2 parts; and she was terrific.

95
Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in a true story about two strong, independent women, or want to see a compelling performance from two talented actresses.

Don't see it if the discussion of race, religion, politics, or Nazis make you uncomfortable, or if you want something more extravagant than black box.

50
Slow, Overrated, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if Deals with 2 German athletes and the 1936 Olympic games. Adds useful texture to understanding of the period. I wanted to like it -but didn't

Don't see it if Terrible staging, so-so acting, fair script, poor casting will overwhelm the important message. Note that it is short - 75 minutes.

Also There is clear immediate context to these historical events, so worth ... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if history, identity, culture, or fame are themes that interest you

Don't see it if you can't use your imagination/need a ton of scenery and props

Also An interesting play about the 1936 Olympics. Don't be turned off if sp... Read more Read less

78
When will we learn history’s lessons?, Seems to ask: does this ring a bell in the current us state of affairs?, Discovered at the edinburgh fringe festival, but speaks eloquently of modern society’s dangerous return to intolerance, white supremacy, racism and violence., Brilliant, Hard-hitting!

See it if You want to see an African American actress disappear before our eyes, and a German Jewish Olympic hopeful athlete take her place.

Don't see it if You thrive best in the literal world and can’t make the sophisticated leap the playwright and director ask of the audience.

Also This play spoke to me on so many levels. I applaud playwright Henry Na... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like historical dramas, and also are into the history of the 1936 Olympic games. You want to see a well acted show.

Don't see it if You don't like a 2 person show, want to see a big stage production, want to stretch your legs, this is an old theatre so seats are tight.

69
Slow, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if you like historical dramas.

Don't see it if you dislike monologues.

Also I am always fascinated and intrigued by this period, but did not find ... Read more Read less

83
Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Clever

See it if you would like to learn about another face of the holocaust and good acting.

Don't see it if you expect to see a banal play with songs and dancing.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if Historical plays with a message

Don't see it if If you like fully staged "Fluff"


October 20th, 2019
"The characters primarily narrate their stories, often poetically, and they intermittently debate with each other the entanglement of sports and politics...Choreographically, they demonstrate the physical and emotional exhaustion the women endured. Both performers are excellent."
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October 21st, 2019
"Constructed as two intertwining monologues...Yes, their paths cross at crucial times, but the cumulative impact of their individual tales, from optimistic beginnings to their distressing, but sadly satisfying adult lives makes an impact that is both heartbreaking and hopeful."
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October 21st, 2019
"The script is hokey and oh-so-dramatic, but the story it tells is worthy of the spotlight…the minimalist approach lays the writing and one-note performances bare…I like to get my doses of political finger-wagging through more human storytelling."
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