Heartland  (59e59)
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Heartland (59e59)
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Heartland (59e59) NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(65 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
14%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

A story of a father, his daughter, and a journey towards mercy set across America and Afghanistan. 

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Member Reviews (65)

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1007 Reviews | 413 Followers
95
Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if an EXCELLENT show that seamlessly weaves a beautiful story of honest portrayals of complex lives thru war, love, loss, learning and growth.

Don't see it if You want a fluffy play…a comedy or a musical. This is top notch entertainment. I was really impressed with this but it was serious! Read more

1054 Reviews | 258 Followers
68
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if A show that needs some development. Ow at times.

Don't see it if If you want a performance that is consistent.

871 Reviews | 251 Followers
82
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like small plays with a message and a heart on a small set with three actors who you feel that you know well after 90 minutes.

Don't see it if if you do not like squabbles among family members or unknown individuals thrown together. There are a few laughs, but this is serious play.

708 Reviews | 156 Followers
80
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like plots about parent-child relationships & disparate people thrown together, carefully evolved twists, easy to follow flashbacks,

Don't see it if you don't like stories about Afghan issues & refugees, or about familial relations, late show twists, or about the US's influence

700 Reviews | 106 Followers
75
Great writing but faulty concept, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a well acted drama that goes back and forth in time and makes you think. The writing is great but the concept is faulty.See below.

Don't see it if you like a happy ending or dislike Blame America First plots. Read more

642 Reviews | 127 Followers
85
Thought-provoking, Interesting, Slow, Entertaining, Intense

See it if Three actors in this show with a lot of mix emotions love, hate, caring and forgiveness.

Don't see it if Its was a little too long and slow at times.

534 Reviews | 132 Followers
69
Actors do the best they can with what they are given, Needs work, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Good premise that has not been well developed.

Don't see it if Characters need more development in order to give them relevance to the play and to each other.

536 Reviews | 57 Followers
70
An interesting story.

See it if You appreciate shows with a political agenda.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate political shows with a message.

Critic Reviews (5)

Theatermania
March 26th, 2022

"As Dean has written these characters, though, they don't really expand much beyond their functions as allegorical emblems...As a result, 'Heartland' comes off as an adult after-school special: something that is 'good' for us, even if it is less than memorable dramatically. The three performers do what they can to bring this glorified history lesson to life...Much of the play's impact relies on the conviction the actors bring to their characters."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 29th, 2022

The trouble with Heartland is that the characters seem to have been shaped to fit the plot, rather than the other way around, resulting in a drama that feels contrived and preachy… Overall, Heartland is a well-intentioned piece undone by its tendency to sermonize and spell out its idea. It is so convinced of its own right thinking that it leaves the audience with little or nothing to discover for itself.
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Talkin' Broadway
March 26th, 2022

"On the one hand, it is a tender love story that unfolds in the midst of war. On the other, it is cry of rage against one aspect of that war, a 'j'accuse' aimed at agencies of the United States government that, in the interests of national security, added fuel to the fire that has blazed for decades in Afghanistan. With 'Heartland,' you cannot get one without the other...The scenes in Afghanistan, where Geetee and Nazrullah meet, are as sweet and warmhearted as in any well-written romantic comedy, and love proves that it can bloom under even the harsh conditions of a battle zone."
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TheaterScene.net
March 27th, 2022

While Gabriel Jason Dean’s Heartland is an enlightening play about Afghan culture mentioning the classic poet Rumi and the contemporary novelist Atiq Rahimi, some of it will still be opaque to American audiences. On the other hand, it also reveals how American involvement in other countries may have the opposite effect of that which is intended. The fine production, however, makes this a compelling though subtle story of an extended family in its understated way.
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Off Off Online
March 27th, 2022

"Hope blooms even in the darkest and cruelest of times in 'Heartland'...The dark moments cast a quick shadow over the play, like a cloud moving over the sun. Under the direction of Pirronne Yousefzadeh, however, the play is primarily playful and snappy, and most scenes are infused with tremendous humor."
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