Kingfishers Catch Fire
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Kingfishers Catch Fire

Kingfishers Catch Fire NYC Reviews and Tickets

(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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57 Reviews | 2 Followers
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if if you want great dialogue inspired by real characters & actual history; challenging perspectives; great debate around a painful incident

Don't see it if if you want fluff Read more

94 Reviews | 19 Followers
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if want to see two exceptional actors in a well written play.

Don't see it if if you do not like small intimate dramas.

744 Reviews | 235 Followers
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

195 Reviews | 24 Followers
Riveting, Must see, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are into two character intimate theater and fantastic acting!Also, theater based on a true story! Are you a history buff?

Don't see it if You are not into historical theater or two character dramas.

414 Reviews | 71 Followers
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

348 Reviews | 133 Followers
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

398 Reviews | 118 Followers
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

149 Reviews | 8 Followers
Absorbing, Relevant, Profound, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy plays about the horrors World War II.

Don't see it if If tales of man’s inhumanity towards his fellow man is distressing.

Critic Reviews (7)

The Observer
October 5th, 2019

"‘Kingfishers Catch Fire’ Is a Thoughtful and Provocative Theatrical Experience"
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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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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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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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