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 You like a window into the thoughts and viewpoints of athletes competing or trying to compete in Olympics that are overshadowed by politics.
Don't see it if You like big productions with fancy sets or don’t have an interest in this aspect of history.
See it if you want to see an exploration of the collision of politics and sport, and the evil nature Nazism and anti antisemitism.
Don't see it if you are not interested in plays based on historic characters and events, and ones with a political and social perspective.
See it if You have an interest in WWII history, the German Olympics and what Jewish athletes had to endure just to compete for their country.
Don't see it if The above subject matter doesn’t interest you or if a 2 person show (mostly alternating monologues) isn’t your cup of tea.
See it if You're interested in sports and how they are impacted by politics,how Nazi Germany controlled daily life of Jews leading up to the Holocaust
Don't see it if you care nothing about sports, Jews or the way antisemitism grows and impacts daily life
See it if You want to experience a heartfelt production about 2 young women athletes during WW II.
Don't see it if You are looking for a full production with elaborate scenery.This is a barebones production performed with no props.
See it if You want to see an absolutely absorbing play exploring Nazi Germany through sports which mirrors today's political dilemmas.
Don't see it if You do not like small scale productions and need scenery, etc. as all you get is the story (which I mentioned above is riveting).
See it if you like history, like to reflect about politics, how it affect our lives and how the way that people see themselves can be affected by it
Don't see it if you don't like shows with small casts and based around monologues, you don't like history
See it if You like sports history and info on the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Characters were well acted! Both actors played to the audience/in aisles
Don't see it if You don't like sports history. You don't like info dealing with Holocaust.
See it if if the current political climate leaves you disturbed. Thoughtful examination of the roles of personal excellence, community, and sacrifice
Don't see it if if the current political climate leaves you disturbed and depressed. Writing never inspired me to action but to resignation.
See it if You appreciate excellent writing, historical subject matter, women's and ethnic issues and discovering new acting talent.
Don't see it if You can't handle being in a raggedly and I think somewhat dirty theater space. Seriously this is the only drawback.
See it if you like learning history through theater. You have a strong interest in Jewish narratives.
Don't see it if you expect to be deeply engaged. Uneven acting, uneven writing, and clever but ultimately insufficiently absorbing use of stage.