Kingfishers Catch Fire
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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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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

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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

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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