History of Violence
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History of Violence

History of Violence NYC Reviews and Tickets

(30 Reviews)
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Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Director Thomas Ostermeier and Schaubühne Berlin return to St. Ann’s Warehouse with Édouard Louis’ searing autobiographical novel. 

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Member Reviews (30)

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677 Reviews | 187 Followers
Innovative staging, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if ur open to an honest & personal lesson about trust, lust, insecurity, suspicion, prejudice & forgiveness centered around a harrowing crime.

Don't see it if you'll be triggered by frank depictions of sexual violence; you're uncomfortable with male nudity; you don't want to read supertitles. Read more

670 Reviews | 149 Followers
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of Edouard Louis, like plays about gay men, interested in recovery after a horrible trauma & in modern German theater,

Don't see it if Upset by sexual trauma, male nudity, gay issues, not a fan of supertitles or use of video in plays, only like plays in English

668 Reviews | 156 Followers
Forensic, Clinical, Intermittently powerful, Handsome

See it if you’re interested in multi-media staging possibilities at the end of the 2nd decade of the 21st century.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a play: Though this piece often dips into drama, it’s proudly post-dramatic. Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
Experimental, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Male perspective as victim of assault and three actors in multiple roles absorbing its aftermath.In German with supertitles,video-cam,beats.

Don't see it if Missed is a deeper dive:Assault is power and aggression.With the added burden of racial tension and assumption.More topic needed in its 2hrs

495 Reviews | 126 Followers
Harrowing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Intimate

See it if Experimental theater highlighting social conflicts in racism/ homosexuality/education/class; superb acting, staging & use of video

Don't see it if Nudity, rape, violence and/or homosexuality are sensitive subjects for you; use of herbal cigarettes can be overpowering at times. Read more

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
Raunchy, Intense, Excruciating, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy an interpreted piece with subtitles depicting white privelege gayness vs third world gayness

Don't see it if subtitles displayed on the screen with multiple people talking confuses you ( it did me) and if gay themes are of no interest to you

404 Reviews | 69 Followers
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like experimental, edgy theater that uses new techniques to powerfully tell a story.

Don't see it if you object to watching staged acts of violence. This is an intense show

393 Reviews | 58 Followers

See it if Layered intersections of sex, class, family relationships, and loneliness harshly yet beautifully rendered with multimedia experience.

Don't see it if Explicit guns, rape, attempted murder are triggering. French setting in German with English supertitles is a little confusing. Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
November 18th, 2019

"Fleeing Home, but Not Homophobia: Two plays based on the autobiographical novels of Édouard Louis put the problem of violence against gay men in a larger social context."
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Time Out New York
November 18th, 2019

4/5 Stars: "Adapted from Édouard Louis's autobiographical novel, History of Violence tells a painful personal narrative, revisiting the scene of a crime and parsing the trauma it caused. As directed by the visionary German theater-maker Thomas Ostermeier, it is a brutal and bracingly intimate act of reclamation"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 19th, 2019

"What Makes the Man: Édouard Louis’s 'History of Violence' and 'The End of Eddy'"
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Lighting & Sound America
November 19th, 2019

"'History of Violence' is a horror story, but a contemplative one; it features one of the most disturbing acts I have ever seen onstage, out of which it teases a multiplicity of meanings. It is a difficult, demanding, and extraordinary piece of theatre."
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Theatre is Easy
November 18th, 2019

"Louis' work takes a tricky turn, one I suspect a safe-space-seeking American audience might struggle with. He asks us to move past the rape, fully experience the shame…and then, more or less, to forget about it. It's an unsatisfying conclusion."
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New York Theater
November 18th, 2019

"An examination of trauma; that in any case is the most consistently insightful aspect of the adaptation…. committed performances by the four-member cast…but the production ultimately felt more like an exercise in stagecraft rather than a pointed exploration of history or violence."
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The New York Times
June 21st, 2018
For a previous production

"'Dr. Ride's American Beach House' and the Secret Lives of Lesbians in the 1980s: Sally Ride's historic space journey inspires four women on a St. Louis rooftop."
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