How do you make something go viral in the days before social media? This satire by Steven Dietz explores what it took to get America behind the 1983 invasion of the western hemisphere's smallest country, Grenada. More…
This eye opening exploration of the D.C. "spin machine" is a brutally witty and thought provoking behind the scenes look at America's first "public relations" war. The action of the play goes back and forth between Washington, D.C. and Grenada as it follows the powerful figures behind the conflict and the ordinary lives affected by it.
"Ronald Reagan’s life-size, cardboard cut-out is the most successful thing in this frantic production of the political satire 'Halcyon Days'...One sits there for two hours numbed by the experience of watching the talented cast often vigorously playing for laughs that aren’t there...Director Alexander Dinelaris’ energetic physical staging does contribute momentum, precision and pacing that all visually holds interest." Full Review
See it if you enjoy very interesting and thought provoking dramas that are relevant to our political times.
Don't see it if you only enjoy musicals or do not like shows with a political storyline.
See it if Geopolitical landscapes and their ever repeating cycles gives you cause for consternation. It is a reminder of foreign-policy manipulation.
Don't see it if A sobering reminder of our country's past and present approach to politicking upsets your stomach. The old ways persist with new technology
See it if You love political theater, historically based theater, great music, and just good theater. It’s something between the West Wing & Chinatown
Don't see it if You’re looking for fiction, or don’t like serious or small production theater.
See it if you have an interest in the secret manner in which our government operates.
Don't see it if you have no interest or concern in democracy, honesty, fairness but instead just want fluffy entertainment.
See it if you want to understand the spin of the Reagan era with good acting, music and video that sets you in the period and makes you think.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy the horrors of conflict or want to relive the misdeeds that took place while the president made everything seem hunky-dory.
See it if You want to revisit American imperialism and the anti communist Cold War brutality. Could be tightened up a bit.
Don't see it if If you you are disinterested in history or withou opinions on current events.
See it if You enjoy plays, that deal with politics, past/present. You are like The West Wing, Wag the Dog etc. and brittle dialogue between men/women.
Don't see it if You dislike any projects that portray the USA and the CIA in a negative light. You wish a breezy, light political show like Veep.
See it if You enjoy historical stories that are told with today’s sensibilities rather than those of the time.
Don't see it if You want historical accuracy. Emphasis seems to be on style rather than details.
See it if you're interested in how media manipulation worked in the 1980s pre-social media era; in Reagan-era political shenanigans
Don't see it if use of familiar types & tropes of cynical political satire turn you off; plot machinations drive the boat here; some casting not ideal
See it if You want to see an enthusiastic cast with multiple plotlines in an engaging play
Don't see it if If you expect a completed taut script. Overlong at present and needs some judicious cuts.
See it if you won't mind a play that can't decide if it's a spoof or a drama; like political plays, are leftist, see the world in black and white
Don't see it if You won't like a play that can't decide if it's a spoof or a drama, like plays with nuanced, believable characters.
See it if you like politically driven plays, albeit with no heart or interesting viewpoint.
Don't see it if you like a play that moves and engages you with characters that elicits some ounce of emotion from the audience.
See it if I honestly can't give you a reason to see it other than maybe you enjoy something akin to House of Cards and bad dialogue.
Don't see it if If you want to see something good. It feels so long and the dialogue is just sooooo much at once and not in the good way.
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