Kingfishers Catch Fire
Closed 1h 45m
Kingfishers Catch Fire
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Kingfishers Catch Fire NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(23 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

About the Show

Based on a true story, Monsignor Hugh O'Flahery and Nazi Herbert Kappler were enemies during WWII, and when they meet after the war, questions of responsibility and redemption rattle the cages. 

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Member Reviews (23)

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706 Reviews | 214 Followers
95
Riveting, Clever, Profound, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if 2 hours flew by as if it were 20 minutes. I was glued to every word. Superb characters & dialog. Lots to think about afterward.

Don't see it if You don't want to be drawn into a conundrum about human nature and the relationship between man & God. Graphic descriptions of brutality. Read more

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
92
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if historical fact-based drama. An imprisoned Kappler, former head of German police in occupied Rome, visited by the same Irish monsignor who *

Don't see it if don't want discussions about God, responsibility for war-time atrocities (following orders, being neutral, etc.); vivid descrip. of atrocity Read more

330 Reviews | 103 Followers
90
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in seeing two very different men discuss morality and culpability about staggering events in WW2.

Don't see it if You don’t like small productions, history, or graphic descriptions of violence. Read more

299 Reviews | 122 Followers
92
Thought-provoking, Moving, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to hear a fascinating post-WWII dialogue between an Irish monsignor and a captured German officer. Based on an actual event.

Don't see it if you cannot deal with vivid, extremely graphic descriptions of wartime brutality. Read more

302 Reviews | 101 Followers
79
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy contemplating the intricate battle between faith and redemption in a historic setting

Don't see it if You expect action and comic relief . This is a true story with nothing light going on . Expect to be challenged and moved.

306 Reviews | 45 Followers
87
Intense, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if a play based on the true story of a priest & an SS officer meeting to talk in a prison cell at the end of WWII intrigues you.

Don't see it if you prefer lighthearted plays to plays dealing with responsibility

245 Reviews | 37 Followers
83
Profound, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if If you want to see opposing sides interact. A truly moving story about doing right from two perspectives.

Don't see it if You do not like serious drama stuff.

238 Reviews | 57 Followers
87
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to question things you thought you knew as incontrovertible fact and like the intimacy of a two-person show

Don't see it if you are triggered by Holocaust mentions or male nudity

Critic Reviews (7)

The Observer
October 5th, 2019

"‘Kingfishers Catch Fire’ Is a Thoughtful and Provocative Theatrical Experience"
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Theatermania
September 22nd, 2019

"Kingfishers Catch Fire Asks: Can a Nazi Be Redeemed? Robin Glendinning's world premiere is based on true events."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 4th, 2019

"Even if 'Kingfishers Catch Fire' -- the title is taken from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, that experienced explorer of spiritual thickets -- is less a fully realized play than a pair of powerfully written roles, it is filled with ideas capable of keeping one up at night. The war may be over, but inside these two men it still rages."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 22nd, 2019

"Strikingly handsome and resembling a young Horst Buccholz, King impresses with both his intensity and his physical stillness when he's listening to the priest. It's a tricky role and if there's a reason to see 'Kingfishers Catch Fire' it's to see King and wish him another plum role in a better play soon."
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CurtainUp
September 23rd, 2019

"Although superbly staged and acted, this is not light entertainment. However, who go will have a rare theatrical experience that will linger after the house lights go down."
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T
October 8th, 2019

"Clearly, the playwright intends to expand here the conversation about moral absolutes and moral ambiguity...It is unfortunate that the work of these two skilled performers are unable - due to the script - to usher the members of the audience into any morally satisfying catharsis."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 7th, 2019

"Talky, often draggy, but occasionally compelling drama…On the whole, though, the acting is good enough and the circumstances provocative enough to make 'Kingfishers Catch Fire' burn with historical significance, moral relevance, and human feeling."
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