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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

During previews
88
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You like an intense well written and beautifully performed play with a serious theme.

Don't see it if A story about Jews in Nazi Germany does not interest you.

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you can see the parallels between Nazi Germany and Trump's America, you are interested in the Olympics and an episode of forgotten history

Don't see it if you like to see a lot of characters onstage, you want a lighthearted comedy, you close your eyes to politics

During previews
77
Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Well done story about women I had not known about.

Don't see it if Never really get to identify with one of leads— not sure if s rift or her personality. Nor is the reason for the infamous raised arm clear.

During previews
87
Must see, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if 2 talanted actors with 3 boxes and 3 screens are able to tell the story about up's and downs of famous and not so famous Jewish sportsmens

Don't see it if denying Holocaust, approve Hitler;like more people on stage and prefer musicals.

Also Show that makes you think; give you some info about people from the pa... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like serious topics and can handle a long monologue and wait for a truly worthwhile ending

Don't see it if Your short on patience

During previews
75
Narrative style, Fringe production, Great acting, Ambitious, Banal

See it if Nazi sport history told by 2 Jewish athletes; 70 min with smooth scene change; simple effective staging; identity struggle against labeling

Don't see it if documentary style, talky with little action or interaction; literary devices applied with traces; plot too heroic and somehow implausible

During previews
80
Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy gripping narrative plays about the different ways oppression is dealt with by individuals. Enjoy learning about interesting people

Don't see it if want interplay between actors, don't like plays that are basically just narrative, mind some historical issues,

Also I'm not a big fan of narrative plays. but this is about as good as the... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Edgy, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like a docu-drama without much drama

Don't see it if two women barely interacting on a bare stage is not your cup of tea

During previews
90
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Excellent depiction of 2 Jewish female athletes competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Everything about this play was outstanding.

Don't see it if The two female actors, the storyline, the direction are just excellent. Without question one of the better off Broadway shows I've seen

During previews
85
Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in historical stories of the Olympics and sports.

Don't see it if You do not want to hear about the fascist machinations of Germany.

During previews
92
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in a fascinating play showing 1 of the reasons why so few people fight the unfairness + horror of totalitarian regimes.

Don't see it if you are not interested in play based on real persons in Nazi Germany which still have meaning for today.

Also In my opinion one of the main reasons why totalitarian regimes can exi... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want to learn the history of how sports, religion and politics influenced the 1936 Olympics.

Don't see it if you enjoy plays where the scenery is very elaborate.

During previews
80
Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want a play that tells the story of how a Jewish athlete at the 1936 Olympics wound up competing for and winning much more than a medal.

Don't see it if you like an ensemble cast; there are only two actors on stage.

During previews
67
Uneven, Bare staging, Resonant, Slow

See it if You Don’t expect a real play but basically two monologues about two female Jewish athletes in Nazi Germany.

Don't see it if You are looking for a “ full “ production with great acting. The actors try quite hard but they are very uneven.

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great use of stage with minimal props

See it if you are interested in human relations and history.

Don't see it if you do not like out of the way theaters or a play that provokes thoughtfulness.

During previews
79
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy good acting in a well written play about prejudice and hate. Focus is on Jews and Hitler but seems about blacks and Trump.

Don't see it if You cannot pay attention to a talk driven play.

During previews
80
Informative, Unbalanced acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if very interesting historical play about a story that is well worth hearing. The acting was mixed, but overall it was good.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in - or upset by - stories concerning Nazis and persecution of Jews.

Also The play starts off a bit stilted, but then settles into a good rhythm... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you're looking to see a well performed, thought-provoking piece set in the build up to the 36 Berlin games.

Don't see it if you're looking for high-end play. This is a bare bones show, 2 person cast, no set to speak of, and a theater that's seen better days

During previews
85
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like sports and history and want to hear unique stories (in monologues) of two Jewish athletes during the Berlin Olympics in 1936

Don't see it if You are looking for a light-hearted production with all the bells and whistles

Also Acting and staging (although minimal) was very well done and they util... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Enchanting, Refreshing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if like a chamber piece with impressive acting and inspiring story line

Don't see it if don't like "bioplays"

During previews
86
Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the psychological dilemma that faced Jews in Germany with the rise of Hitler and the question of who you are?

Don't see it if You have no interest in history and the questions that the two women struggled with.

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if the overlooked stories of women appeal to you, you seek a new perspective on Holocaust stories, you enjoy learning about the Olympics

Don't see it if you are looking for a light, sports-oriented story or you don't want a Holocaust-related narrative.

During previews
78
Resonant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to understand a part of history so ugly from a personal perspective. And you enjoy a quiet powerful performance

Don't see it if YOu are not historically inclined or you have a hard time focusing on play with not that much action, but lots of intrigue

During previews
78
Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You have an interest in fencing history and Nazi Germany. Interesting show about someone i knew nothing about. Simply told, good performance

Don't see it if You need a show with big flashy production values.

During previews
79
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a good topic supersedes your need for an elaborate stage.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big production. This two-actor show is full enough, based on the acting and script.


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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