Ends Oct 27 | 1h 45m | Chelsea

Kingfishers Catch Fire

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, 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.  More…

From the show:

It’s 1948 when Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty first visits the infamous Nazi Herbert Kappler in the Italian prison where Kappler is serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity. During World War II, the men were adversaries; Kappler was the head of the Gestapo in German-occupied Rome, and Monsignor O’Flaherty was using the cover of Vatican neutrality to shelter and arrange for the escape of thousands of Allied servicemen and Jewish civilians. Kappler placed a bounty on O’Flaherty’s head, but O’Flaherty evaded capture, earning the nickname “The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican.” When these two men meet after the war, profound questions of responsibility and redemption rattle the cages. Based on a true story, Kingfishers Catch Fire examines morality and personal culpability for actions taken during a devastating war.


Member Reviews (19)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense
86
Avg Score

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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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, ...
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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 p...
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