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Halcyon Days

From 1 critic and 37 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking

About the show

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you are fascinated by the backstory on political actions

Don't see it if you don't like politics

Clever, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Intelligent

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You like recent historical plots relevant to politics today.

Don't see it if You have a blind eye to what is happening in our country!

Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Insightful, Tragic

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Relevant

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.

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like recent historical plots relevant to politics today

Don't see it if You don’t like shows about politics

Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a play that makes you think.

Don't see it if you’re an easily offended Republican.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Clever

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Don't see it if see more

Also My 88% and partner's 78%.. Interesting look at U.S policies in 1983 an... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

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.

Clever, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You are interested in political intrique

Don't see it if You are overly patriotic

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Resonant

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You appreciate timely political plays done well.

Don't see it if Our country's history of third world invasion and manipulation depresses you.

Relevant, Intelligent, Intense

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.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging

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.

Entertaining, Slow, Cliched, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

Also Maybe I’m being to picky but this play is set in 1983 and there are so... Read more Read less

Wag the dog satire, Predictable, Unfortunately still relevant, Uneven cast

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

Also Dietz' 1991 play about Reagan's 1983 invasion of Grenada must have pla... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Resonant, Quirky, Thought-provoking

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.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Actors whispering could not hear them

See it if You have great hearing or great hearing aids

Don't see it if You have any trouble hearing

Also This was probably a good show. But the actors did not project voice en... Read more Read less

Dated, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You like political intrigue dramas.

Don't see it if You're looking for new commentary on the Grenada invasion or our current political climate.

Also I marked this as relevant and dated, which I realize is a contradictio... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excellent sound and visual effects

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.

Also There's a bizarre subplot involving a US senator's son who is a studen... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Indulgent, Relevant, Good subject, Overwrought

See it if you're interested in the topic of the Grenada invasion

Don't see it if you're looking for masterfully written lines, or big Broadway production value

Also Truthfully, the play just seemed overworked and like it was trying too... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant

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.

Banal, Dated, Insipid

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.

Ambitious, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want to see great acting and a very relevant topic

Don't see it if you are not interested in politics and what goes on in the world

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you like political drama!

Don't see it if With younger kids

Cast & Creatives (16)