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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.