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Mengele

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent
77
Critics
85
2 reviews
Members
77
29 reviews
 

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This drama examines the life of Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele.

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A beach in Brazil, 1979. An elderly man takes his routine morning swim. Out at sea he has a seizure and is washed ashore where he encounters a local woman, who he assumes has saved him. Flattered and entranced by this enigmatic presence, he is seduced into revealing himself. As he seeks to justify his life, he ultimately only succeeds in damning himself.

 

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Reviews (31)

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85
Avg Score

80
Fringe Review (UK)

for a previous production "We cannot ignore this tale and it is a legacy we ought to be sharing with our children...With a polished and accomplished performance from Marriott as Mengele, Zadow as Azra’il is given the opportunity to grow and take scenes, sharing and commanding the stage when required...'Mengele' served to remind me of the lessons of the past and how ignorant some people are in trying to avoid them for their and our futures. It scared me...Such is the power of good theatre done well." Full Review

95
Daily Business Magazine (UK)

for a previous production "Exploring the nature of evil, 'Mengele' is one of the most powerful and astonishing pieces of theatre I have ever seen...There are also moments of beauty and one or two comic lines – hard to believe...This play stirred my emotions and brought me to tears. It was a true masterclass in acting and writing and there were some jaw-dropping twists with both players excelling themselves in the final denouement." Full Review

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77
Avg Score

74
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to hear how some of the German soldiers and Mengele thought during about the Jews and justify killing them.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play about the Holocaust.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you are interested in delving into the possible psychology of a monster like Mengele.

Don't see it if You are upset by Holocaust stories or do not like small shows with minimal starving and difficult sightlines.

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you enjoy character driven dramas with minimal sets. You don't mind despicable characters on stage.

Don't see it if you are upset by men of evil trying to justify their actions or if you need a complete resolution.

72
Intense, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you have an interest in this controversial historical villain. You like artsy, indie plays consisting of complex characters studies.

Don't see it if if you want a clear storyline with a strong emotional arc. It also doesn't teach much history beyond what you've likely learned in school.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Indulgent, Interesting concept

See it if you appreciate smaller shows with an arty edge. This has a true Fringe feel to it. Not perfect, but an interesting hour of theatre.

Don't see it if a minimalist, two person black box production is not for you. If you need a set and all the trappings, you will find this sorely lacking.

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You need a reminder of how twisted people can become.

Don't see it if You looking for light entertainment.

78
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if this play reveals truths about Dr. Mengele's murderous behavior ,sadism, extreme cruelty, and inhumanity. Intense, chilling, and absorbing.

Don't see it if ..everyone should see it. Brings to light the dangers of fanaticism, prejudice and bigotry. Relevant and important performance.

78
Great acting, Intense

See it if you like 2 person shows with great acting...

Don't see it if you don't like shows who's main character is very evil and angeringly arrogant...

65
Not quite there.

See it if You're interested in subject.

Don't see it if You want a real story.

72
Intense, Disturbing, Wordy, Unrelenting

See it if You want to see a play that attempts to reveal and explain the inner thoughts and character of Mengele.

Don't see it if You don't want a stressful 70 minutes that includes graphic descriptions and film clips of the Holocaust.

Also I struggled with this review as it feels somehow ignoble to not recomm... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing

See it if you prefer heavy drama with important content to fluffy musicals. You are interested in history, particularly the holocaust era.

Don't see it if you prefer light comedy and lots of staging. Holocaust issues are just too painful for you to see on stage.

Also A very relevant piece about hate and prejudice. Well worth seeing.

77
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Slow

See it if You want a stylized portrait of a complicated historical figure. You want to see great acting in a concise play.

Don't see it if You want stylization that sustains throughout: I lost them a few times. You want a new angle on the Holocaust: videos presented nothing new.

85
Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant

See it if You like deeply impactful plays. How do people turn into Mengeles? This play attempts to answer that question and does an excellent job.

Don't see it if Disturbing images of the Holocaust will upset you. It certainly did me but so worthwhile. This is so worth seeing.

70
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if You want to consider how human philosophy justifies decisions and how we fall short of our own standards. Powerful look at the value of life

Don't see it if You need full staging or if you mind mixed media performance; want to avoid heavy dialogue

77
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Powerful

See it if You like intense dramas about the holocost. This is fictional but uses a lot of facts so it feels very real. Good acting.

Don't see it if You don't like people messing around with history. This never happened so it's a little obvious where it's headed from the start.

79
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an entertaining what-if scenario in which the bad guy gets his due.

Don't see it if you don't want to see Holocaust or Nazi images/sounds. There is no action in this play (fine for me). Very stream-of-consciousness style.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the motivations behind the atrocities.

Don't see it if You'd rather see a show that's light and fluffy.

Also I'm a fan. This show was well acted, interesting, and relevant. I like... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Relevant, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you are interested in Mengele and the subject matter

Don't see it if you are not interested in past Nazi history

65
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Brave performances

See it if you're interested in exploring perpetrator psychology and enjoy paying close attention for 1 hour of rapid-fire dialogue

Don't see it if you're expecting real revelations about mengele's thoughts and actions, or if you're uncomfortable with holocaust video clips

Also of the good: the play demands attention, starts conversations, & calls... Read more Read less

72
Great acting, Great writing, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see great acting and staging and very good writing.

Don't see it if a simple, not very innovative morality tale won't give you any pleasure. Also. don't bring anyone too impulsive. Easy to take stupid actions

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you can appreciate well-researched insights into Mengele's twisted, sociopathic logic and almost plausible justification for the Holocaust.

Don't see it if you can't deal with heartbreaking films of Auschwitz interspersed with the philosophical justifications for the Holocaust. Mind-boggling.

Also This is a powerful, well-acted, two-person drama that exposes the mind... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Relevant, Slow, Disturbing

See it if You like history about Holocaust, you can get the thoughts of Mengele, it’s a heavy drama. The characters show the narcissism of the time.

Don't see it if You find boring history, you could fall sleep. There is a lot of graphics and description from the holocaust, and is 70 min no intermission.

75
Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you are familiar with Mengele, the role he played in the Holocaust and are interested in a wordy dialogue with him giving his perspective.

Don't see it if you are either not interested in the period, know nothing about Mengele or don't like wordy plays.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like thoughtful, clever theater, you appreciate quality writing, stand out performances and are concerned about the world today. Great.

Don't see it if you want a once upon a time story with a song or two thrown in!

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You think history is relevant and that plays that deal with difficult topics should be encouraged.

Don't see it if facing terrible realities is too painful for you.