Members say: Slow, Excruciating, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

About the show

Three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin ('Hadestown') returns to New York Theatre Workshop with Caryl Churchill's incisive 1647-set drama about the power struggles in England after a brutal civil war.

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Amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future. England stands at a crossroads as food shortages, economic instability and a corrupt political system threaten to plunge the country into darkness and despair. The Parliament men who fought against the tyranny of the king now argue for stability and compromise, but the people are hungry for change. For a brief moment, a group of rebels, preachers, soldiers and dissenters dare to imagine an age of hope, a new Jerusalem in which freedom will be restored to the land.


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During previews
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if watching a Parliamentary debate on C-SPAN circa 1647 is your idea of compelling drama; you're a Caryl Churchill completist.

Don't see it if you're not up to the challenge of deciphering this repetitive, messy, pretentious historical fiction claptrap disguising itself as relevant.

Also The mid-1600s was an extremely interesting -- and dramatic -- period i... Read more Read less

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During previews
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See it if WEIRD is your thing, because there is PLENTY of WEIRD in this two hour and 45 minute production on a relatively sparse stage.

Don't see it if a WEIRD 2 hour and 45 minute play on a relatively sparse stage that will leave you scratching your head is just not your cup of tea.

Also WTF! I could not stop saying or thinking WTF after sitting (in some of... Read more Read less

48
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You’re a big Caryl Churchill fan.

Don't see it if You dislike interminably long, wordy shows, or think Chavkin’s work is always genius. There’s only so much a director can do.

50
During previews
Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you know a great deal about english history and want to hear it read to you verbatim. I love Churchill but this play can be skipped.

Don't see it if it's a deep, unengaging dive into the 15th century; the characters are hardly developed; the sound & titles are unhelpful. Just: why...

49
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you don't mind a show that is confusing and tedious. The historical time period has possibilities but it goes nowhere.

Don't see it if you want theater that has a coherent story line, goes somewhere, is meaningful, is well written and well constructed.

70
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if you enjoy cerebral discussion of socio-political issues, Brechtian commentary, and stunningly disperate acting styles

Don't see it if you want an easy night at the theatre.

Also While much of the production plods along due to its dry text, Light Sh... Read more Read less

36
During previews
Relevant, Confusing, Excruciating, Cliched, Slow

See it if You love political theatre but have super lukewarm politics

Don't see it if You want something more out of theatre than a stuffy neo-liberal political text

Also Opposing authoritarian capitalism with democratic capitalism is maybe ... Read more Read less

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During previews
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you were the kid in college who took the Social Politics class, did all the extra reading assignments and wrote your own footnotes for fun

Don't see it if you're looking for a cohesive story line, elements like plot, or anything to do with traditional theater are your cup of tea.

Also Despite a fascinating and, for the most part, talented cast, and some ... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Tedious, obscure, confusing

See it if You have a good working knowledge of British history circa 1650 & want to listen to the historical record staged, word for word at times.

Don't see it if You will have trouble following a play about mid 17th c. British politics - including a long scene of debating & other scenes of preaching.

Also I left after the long first act. The play in total is 2.5 hours with a... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like absurd theater and mixed genres, biblical and historical references.

Don't see it if you don't like long, text-heavy plays, heightened language and long political discussions. and have a problem with christ jokes.

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During previews
Indulgent, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like watching paint dry. Poor acting, plodding pacing, and talk, talk, talk. You had better have knowledge about 17th century English hi

Don't see it if You believe that theater should engage the viewer. 1st act is 90 mins. long. You will need a strong derriere to make it through. Acting is

Also Acting is something out of a high school senior play. Wasted evening a... Read more Read less

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During previews
Absorbing, Epic, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You like plays about ideas, you like political history, you believe history is cyclical and not progressively linear.

Don't see it if You prefer short plays, representational realism, and traditional narrative.

Also This play and this production are brilliant. The script, casting, stag... Read more Read less


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