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Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, 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 (98)


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dramatic, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if the dramatic intersection of sports & politics interests you. Two women athletes exemplify the still ongoing issues of WW II prejudice.

Don't see it if Nazis related material is triggering for you.

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.

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

Good acting, Interesting topic, Slight, Disappointing, Somewhat trite

See it if you are interested in the themes of the growth of Nazism, sports, prejudice and past unheralded women sports figures fighting discrimination

Don't see it if you dislike characters telling their stories to the audience with little dialog, characterizations that are not in-depth & no new insights.


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

Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if you want to learn about a not well known part of Nazi history that shows the power of determination against all odds.

Don't see it if if you are not interested in sports or political history during the Nazi 1936 Summer Olympics.

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,

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.

Disappointing, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want to see how German athletes were treated in the late 1930's to 1940's.

Don't see it if if you dislike plays that are mostly individual monologues.

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

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 I liked most playwright Henry Naylor's evocative prose. ... Read more Read less

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.

Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in how major historical events affect the lives of women trying to excel and the different choices those women make.

Don't see it if you are not interested in plays about discrimination.

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

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)

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

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

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.

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.

Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if if you like plays based on history

Don't see it if you like large productions

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.

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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