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Guards at the Taj

From 16 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great writing, Original, Great acting, Funny

About the show

Atlantic Theater Company presents Rajiv Joseph's world premiere black comedy about two Imperial Guards in 1648 India, assigned to protect the Taj Mahal. More…

At morning’s first light, a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled, the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two hapless guards assigned to protect it, morning will set the wheels in motion for a ghoulishly funny existential crisis that will shake their faith in God, the empire and each other.

Member Reviews (16)


Absorbing, Great writing, Original, Great acting, Funny
Avg Score

Riveting, Funny, Intense, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you like absurdist works w a punch. Best new play of the year. Brilliant! Unsettling. Masterful staging. Great acting. Laugh and cry.

Don't see it if you are squeamish; difficult Act II in stage filled with blood. Everyone else should see this play in the tradition of Beckett.

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Intelligent, Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like stories that make you look within, see yourself from perhaps a way you've never seen or wanted to see yourself and really grow.

Don't see it if You have no interest in maybe seeing that you've got a darker side than you thought.

Surprising, Resonant, Original, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a touching, surprising story about a friendship placed under pressure by outside circumstances.

Don't see it if you can't handle blood.

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Original

See it if you're looking for something original, fun, and intense.

Don't see it if you don't like the sight of blood.

Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Original

See it if You want to see a dark comedy written by a great new playwright.

Don't see it if You don't like extremely dark comedies.

Absorbing, Excruciating, Riveting, Cant' shake it

See it if You are ready to be queasy

Don't see it if You want to avoid violent subject matter

Also The play centers on the moral quandary faced by two guards in 1648 at ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Bloody

See it if You like cheeky, horror flicks or historical fantasies with satirical bents. Odd tone - but good payoff and a major surprise reveal.

Don't see it if You are squeamish or get woozy at the site of blood.

Entertaining, Graphic, Edgy

See it if you like good writing, and a complete story.

Don't see it if you don't like blood, gore.

Great writing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Profound

See it if You want to see a truly original story about 1648 India by an incredible writer.

Don't see it if Historical stories isn't your thing.

Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you love a perfectly woven story and great acting.

Don't see it if you dislike blood or thoughtful theatre.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you love character driven conflict. Sharp writing with occasional poetic musings. Plays based on true events. Plays that make you think.

Don't see it if blood, gore, or violence disturb you.

Entertaining, Edgy, Graphic

See it if you enjoy India

Don't see it if you have a weak stomach

Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Original

See it if One of the bests shows I've ever seen

Don't see it if your a moron

Absorbing, Gripping, Intense, Humorous, Original

See it if You enjoy fresh writing, phenomenal talent and challenging, thought provoking drama.

Don't see it if You get squeamish at the sight of blood.

Confusing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You love theater!

Don't see it if You are hard of hearing.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You like to see glimpses of a world larger than your own told through the eyes of one dreamer and one pragmatist.

Don't see it if Your heart is cold and dead.

June 11th, 2015
"Does the fictional nature of the play detract from its effectiveness? Perhaps, since the dark denouement has less force when we know the details of the story are imagined. But 'Guards at the Taj,' which has been directed with a rich sense of atmosphere by Ms. Morton, raises potent questions abou...
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June 11th, 2015
"Beauty doesn’t come easily in Rajiv Joseph’s wildly unsettling 'Guards at the Taj'...By its second scene, 'Guards at the Taj' has veered savagely from its funny, gently puzzled, 'Waiting for Godot–ish' beginnings into grotesque brutality, inspired by a legend of the Taj Mahal’s creation...Althou...
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June 12th, 2015
"Rajiv Joseph’s 'Guards at the Taj' concerns itself with the overwhelming power of beauty; naturally, it is brutal to an almost nauseating degree...How odd that a play aiming to dramatize an assault on sensitivity should perpetrate the same assault on its audience. But then, as Joseph demonstrate...
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June 11th, 2015
"This is a compact two-character play loaded with ideas and evocative imagery. It begins almost like a comedy sketch but develops into a haunting consideration of loyalty and betrayal between friends, of duty and blind adherence to barbaric command, and of the ownership of beauty...His attention ...
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