Vineyard Theatre presents a new play staging the verbatim transcript of the FBI interrogation of Russian election hacking whistleblower Reality Winner. More…
From the show:
A true story, still unfolding. June 3, 2017. A 25-year-old former Air Force linguist named Reality Winner is surprised at her home by the FBI, interrogated, and then charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in U.S elections. Reality remains in jail with a record-breaking sentence. The FBI transcript of her interrogation is the heart of IS THIS A ROOM, conceived as a play and directed by Obie Award-winner Tina Satter, in which an extraordinary human drama unfolds between the complex and witty Reality (Emily Davis), and the agents who question her. As Reality’s autonomy shrinks before her eyes, a simmering real-life thriller emerges, asking what it is to have honor in this American moment, and how the personal can reverberate globally.
See it if you want to hear, verbatim, the FBI interrogn of RWinner. My stomach was in knots. Emily Davis is terrific (deserves a solo curtain call!)
Don't see it if you want tradl theater.While there's an arc, ITAR is talky w/simple staging. Redactions aren't filled in. Brings news story to life. Intense
See it if Verbatim transcript turned into a stunning play. FBI agents do an exquisite job of interrogation. Great characterizations & mastery of text.
Don't see it if You won't enjoy a revealing nonfiction work -- the agents care about RW's pets to gain her trust, while trapping her into lies.
See it if you want to see a uniquely-staged, compelling docudrama literally ripped from the headlines that offers a rare glimpse into FBI practices.
Don't see it if you don't think that the banality of small talk & official procedure can be arresting theater; ur not interested in political theater.
See it if Good start. FBI exposed? Nice use of pets. Interesting season for Vineyard
Don't see it if Needs more follow up. Not sure if "roamer" is needed. Set is minimal.
See it if Dynamic performances (esp Davis' Reality) & Satter's acute staging propel this docu-drama (actual testimony) into a surreal dreamlike realm
Don't see it if Drawing from the literal transcript for a dramatic mise en scene doesn't allow for any embellishment Dramatic tension is amazing nonetheless
See it if you’d like to engage the question: What constitutes patriotism when the president has gone rogue?
Don't see it if the very idea of actors enacting a verbatim transcript of an FBI interview, with all the banal small talk, bores you.
See it if like true stories: here a transcript of an actual FBI interview, want to know more about Reality Winner & FBI's manipulative questioning
Don't see it if you want an evening of character development & closure, easily aggravated by FBI mis-behavior, care for pets, don't care about Ms. Winner
See it if Kafkaesque; staging brings 2 life the transcript, but it's the raw acting by Emily Davis as Reality that grabs u by the throat
Don't see it if missing items obscure story: omits clarifying redacted items from transcript; omits key reveal SPOILER: Reality sentenced to 5+ yrs prison
See it if you're interested in American history in the making, or you're looking for something vastly different from anything else you've seen.
Don't see it if you prefer a traditional narrative with a beginning, middle, and end.
See it if You’d find it interesting to watch an FBI questioning and arrest enacted on stage almost exactly as it happened.
Don't see it if You’re expecting to learn about Winner or her crime. The script has very little info, so you have to read up before or after the play.
See it if Sixty real-time minutes divulge whistleblower's actual home interrogation."Have you ever discussed classified IranianAerospace information?"
Don't see it if Eight flashing fuschia lights&drumbeat emphasise the redacted parts of this brief thriller."Is there something that sent you over the edge?"
See it if You are interested in a brilliant depiction of an actual event that is still ongoing in our nation today ! Political espionage is your thing
Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy. You don’t enjoy simple staging with very sparse setting and those with just one subject.
See it if you are interested in seeing a theatre company stretch their muscles into new territory. A completely novel idea executed beautifully.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy political theatre.
See it if FBI agents question traitor who printed & gave to media top secret NSA methods that could harm our nation. Real time, w/some redactions.
Don't see it if May want to Google words such as TDY, PKI, Fort Meade to get more out of show. Very well acted, great lighting. 70 min flies by.
See it if word 4 word portrayal of a true story that is well acted, produced & directed; Emily Davis is brilliant as a woman with a conscience.
Don't see it if you need fiction, sets, color and/or costumes; gut wrenching reality is not your idea of a good evening.
See it if Effective interrogation, subtle psychological shifts. Not a showdown of masterminds but of uncertain moral agents. Gray area drawn perfectly
Don't see it if you're looking for tear-jerking pathos or commentary—either a partisan slant or a dutiful debate contrived to represent all sides.
See it if A enactment of a transcript of a woman's interrogation by the FBI. Horrifying and relevant. Hard to believe this occurred here, but it did.
Don't see it if If you prefer your shows to have beginning, middles and ends. If you are uninterested in political drama.
See it if You want to learn the story of woman leaking classified government info. Transcript of actual arrest.
Don't see it if You want a long show. Only one hour. Reconfigured theater first few rows moved to oppposite side of stage. Too often someone’s back is
Also facing you so hard to hear. No set.
See it if you've ever wondered what an FBI interrogation could be like, this is a verbatim enactment. Makes you uncomfortable.
Don't see it if you want a theatrical production. Bare-bones staging lets the dialogue tell the story. Confusing at first, had me hooked by the end.
See it if you want to see a timely true depiction of Reality Winner's interrogation by FBI agents. The 70 mins completely held my attention.
Don't see it if you need action. All talk, but what a fascinating reenactment. Superb acting, especially by E. Davis. Her every facial expression rang true.
See it if you want to see BRILLIANT & POWERFUL USE OF THEATER to illuminate issues of power, conscience, & law. Fascinating concept; great acting.
Don't see it if you're not interested in politics, policy, whistleblower issues. Taut and gripping 75 minutes with 4 impressive actors on a bare-bones set.
See it if You want an absolutely compelling show, with great direction and acting. Uncomfortable yes, but so true to life.
Don't see it if You don't care for the political, and can't appreciate great acting when it comes in the form of quotidian, flat, real life.
See it if you're interested in Reality Winner's case or want to see a show commenting on real text.
Don't see it if you need a show to have a clear structure.