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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
75
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting

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.

During previews
85
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a well-written and relevant story about racism during in the nazi era.

Don't see it if you prefer larger productions (there are only 2 actors and basic staging) or musicals.

During previews
79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

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.

During previews
80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in Holocaust-era history and can appreciate a short, 2-person play.

Don't see it if You don’t care for a profound, serious play.

Also I found the stories compelling, making me want to research further the... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

Also Very interesting play..but would have resonated more with some backgro... Read more Read less

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

See it if Like historical stories - gripping tales - moral tales for our time

Don't see it if Want a big scenic production - don't care fr2 talky shows -

During previews
85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if You like historical drama and/or biopics, support women's empowerment, appreciate political themes.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals and elaborate productions.

Also Somewhat contrived intersection of stories of two Jewish female athlet... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

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

Also As a retired fencer and a Jew I knew about the Helene Mayer story. I h... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Riveting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

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.

During previews
92
Great staging, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

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).

During previews
85
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well-acted, well-written play about actual events in Nazi Germany

Don't see it if You don't like small-scale productions. You are looking for a comedy

During previews
89
Great writing, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like historical dramas that are involved character pieces.

Don't see it if If you prefer light hearted plays or musicals.

Also It was quite fascinating how the two characters were presented and sta... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you appreciate the immense talent of creating an absorbing piece with just two characters.

Don't see it if you don't like strong female leads.

Also I had trouble coming up with a reason why someone might not this play!... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

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

Also I really like plays with few characters and with a lot of lines and no... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Riveting portrayal of two German Jewish athletes of Olympic caliber and Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Don't see it if Avoid it if you are looking for laughs.

During previews
95
Entertaining, Absorbing, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You like powerful plays focused on 2 characters. Kept our attention, wonderful acting

Don't see it if You like very theatrical, fluffy plays

During previews
82
Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

During previews
78
Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if you like plays based on historical events, in this case the run up to the 1936 Olympics & Nazi Germany.

Don't see it if you like plays with elaborate sets.

Also The acting was uneven.

During previews
70
Overrated, Intelligent, Absorbing

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.

During previews
85
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also I saw the show on the first preview night and didn't know it at the ti... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Interesting Point of view in Germany on the edge of WW2. Different personalities climb up the sports ladder upto...Great acting & Staging

Don't see it if No reason not to see this one...

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

See it if You like 2 person plays about historical events with a profound message for the current climate.

Don't see it if You want to see major staging with multiple characters

During previews
71
Uneven, Intelligent, Slow

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.


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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