Judgment Day NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(96 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
12%
Negative
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Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

About the Show

Director Richard Jones returns to the Armory with this rarely-performed 1937 moral drama in a new adaptation by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Shinn.

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Member Reviews (96)

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906 Reviews | 924 Followers
80
Great acting, Absorbing, Great story, Amazing production

See it if Great performances. Great story full of twists. Epic larger than life scale sets. Dark and full of pathos.

Don't see it if It drags at times but mostly briefly.

880 Reviews | 1014 Followers
79
Entertaining, Dramatic, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy large scale productions. The staging is really great and so are the performances. Good story w/ some dramatic scenes.

Don't see it if You aren't looking for drama and prefer something light.

1040 Reviews | 251 Followers
80
Great writing, Great staging, Exquisite, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you like a entertaining story and a huge production. Fantastic lighting and sound effects. Well acted show.

Don't see it if If you do not like big production plays.

861 Reviews | 243 Followers
87
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want a story experience on massive sets in a huge space over 7 scenes in 90 minutes that are wonderfully lit with excellent sound.

Don't see it if you want something light - this is heavy on morality subjects with many thought provoking issues that we have in today's world.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
70
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Simplistic, Ambitious

See it if simply scripted scenes representing grand philosophical concepts like truth, guilt & justice with Biblical references hold your attention.

Don't see it if the ponderous predictably & illogic of grand opera w/o the justification of magnificent vocal music fails to appeal. Stiff performances, too

708 Reviews | 154 Followers
81
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if chance to see rare production staged in huge space, interested in von Horvath & issues of guilt & blame, to see the power of the mob,

Don't see it if not a fan of loud noises, huge sets being slowly dragged across theater, people lost among the sets, don't like stories of infidelity, guilt

MJK
677 Reviews | 189 Followers
90
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Colossal, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a taut, intense, powerful morality/cautionary tale about truth, guilt, loyalty & mob mentality, staged on an epic scale.

Don't see it if u want a subtle, intimate, small-scale production; u want to avoid another wake-up call about the effects of absolutism/"fake news"/mob rule

670 Reviews | 156 Followers
90
Brilliant scenography, Tightly constructed, Spare story, Deterministic, Twisting

See it if cutting edge scenography or a brilliant script by an important 20th century playwright who is little staged here would interest you.

Don't see it if you’re looking for an intimate drama: This staging goes as high as the sky & across a broad horizon. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
December 11th, 2019

"An Allegory of Blame, Goes Big: At the Park Avenue Armory, Odon von Horvath’s 1937 drama gets a rare and physically overwhelming staging."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 14th, 2019

"At the Armory, 'Judgment Day' Shows Its Cast No Mercy"
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The Observer
December 12th, 2019

"A small play in an oversize production that dilutes any ripple effect the fable might have in 2019. One could imagine it being just as effective at Classic Stage Company or the BAM Harvey."
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Theatermania
December 11th, 2019

"A Life Derails in Judgment Day: Christopher Shinn adapts Ödön von Horváth's rarely performed 1937 drama for Park Avenue Armory."
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BroadwayWorld
December 25th, 2019

"A Chilling Revival of Ödön von Horváth's 1937 Social Commentary 'JUDGMENT DAY'"
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Lighting & Sound America
December 12th, 2019

"If the setting of 'Judgment Day' feels slightly unusual, its tone is strikingly similar to the work of such vintage directors as Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, and Billy Wilder, all of them Germans who fled the Nazi regime to become masters of the Hollywood film noir."
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New York Stage Review
December 11th, 2019

4/5 Stars. "When ostensible autocratic leaders appear to be emerging in growing numbers today, it seems as if von Horváth's work has a potent relevance to a swelling contemporary plight."
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New York Stage Review
December 11th, 2019

5/5 Stars. "Approached with imagination, skill and a clear sense of purpose, director Richard Jones' production is riveting, thought-provoking and ravishing."
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