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Games

From 98 member  reviews
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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent
81
Avg Score

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

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.

85
Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

See it if True stories set in Nazi Germany, period pieces, athletic themes.

Don't see it if Smaller cast with 2 characters, mostly monologues.

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.

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

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"

79
Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You want yo see thoughtful topics with take away. Good script. I researched the characters even after the show. Good acting

Don't see it if You want entertainment. The staging is very basic.

78
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you'd like to consider the relationship between sports and politics, and between pre-Nazi Germany and today.

Don't see it if you are looking only for light entertainment without food for thought.

85
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if You enjoy well written plays about socially relevant topics.

Don't see it if You do not have an appreciation for history, slow building stories, or minimal set design as part of a story.

80
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if a great insight into history through two historic and specific points of view. Great at respectfully expanding both.

Don't see it if Bare staging makes concentrating difficult at times. Aisle utilized by actors.

98
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You love intimate, great shows with excellent writing

Don't see it if If you like fluff.

During previews
75
Talky, Simple staging, Diverse acting styles, Fascinating history, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in sports/Jewish history. You'll go to google!Chilling tale of rise of Nazism. Reminder of how fascism spreads.

Don't see it if you dislike monologues (this has dueling set-pieces w occasional interactn). Diff acting styles, altho both good. Move onstage boxes often.

During previews
84
Resonant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You think history can’t repeat itself. An entertaining yet very informative look at how two athletes tried to stay out of politics in WW2.

Don't see it if You have no interest in history or politics.

Also An interesting look at how you can’t stay on the sidelines when it com... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Brings to life impossible pressures on jews in nazi germany by dramatizing the tough choices presented to 2 jewish athletes vying to compete for germany in the 1936 berlin olympics

See it if agonizing story of celebrated fencer H Mayer's attempt 2 transcend Jewish issue as pure "sportswoman;" poetic script, athletic choreography

Don't see it if consists largely of series of monologues; contrived in pairing Mayer w far less important Jewish athlete who faces her Jewishness head-on

Also The playwright presents a nuanced portrait of Mayer in "Games." The pl... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You like history. Here you get about the Olympics and Germany during WWII.

Don't see it if Small cast of two, more talk. Not into history.

During previews
76
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to see a very interesting slice of life play. Well acted, interesting subject, relevant and poignant.

Don't see it if You need glitz and glamour staging, this is a pretty bare bones production. You want a happy ending.

During previews
86
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate an excellent small production of a beautiful true story that survived Nazi Germany. No tears.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a chorus line.

During previews
88
Rhythmic writing, pacing, and staging, Resonant, Great writing, Stirring, Entertaining

See it if Yes, award-worthy. Will make you indignant & inspired & emotional despite yourself and what you already know about the Holocaust.

Don't see it if want something more experimental than vibrant soliloquies; u need the controversy of the Nuremberg laws explained to you like a small child*

Also Solid first preview! Long applause at curtain. ... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Interesting two person historical drama . Well acted in the extremely uncomfortable Soho playhouse.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer light dramas or musicals.

During previews
96
Must see, Myth busting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you don't mind giving up myths about gender. race, ethnicity and collaboration with evil

Don't see it if knowing that you are going to have at least one of your "core" beliefs deconstructed is too much for you to deal with

Also If there is a flaw (and I'm not sure it is one), it is that the produc... Read more Read less

During previews
98
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to know more about the life and motivations of German Jewish woman early 20th century Olympiads, how achievements shaped history.

Don't see it if you prefer multi-act, large cast/costumes/sets comedies or musicals, are disturbed by discussions of Nazi Germany or non Jews playing Jews.

During previews
90
Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see shows about powerful women who have to compete in a world that's unfair

Don't see it if If like shows with complete sets and more than a 2 actor play.

During previews
88
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a perspective on sports versus identity. Two women are both fighting persecution but their responses are far different.

Don't see it if You do not like low budget fare. You do not like solo (2 woman ) shows

During previews
83
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want a true story about a famous Jewish athlete in 1936 Olympics who wants to keep religion out of politics and be judged on her skill

Don't see it if you aren't interested in pre WWII sports and politics


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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