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Nivelli's War
Midtown W

Nivelli's War NYC Reviews and Tickets

(9 Reviews)
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Confusing, Absorbing, Disappointing, Resonant, Intelligent

About the Show

The New Victory Theater presents this show about a six-year-old boy, stranded in the countryside at the close of WWII, and the mysterious tramp who agrees to walk him 200 kilometers to his home.

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Touching, Exquisite, Thoughtful, Resonant, Mesmerizing

See it if Enjoy excellent children's theater performed/staged for any age audience. It is not at all treacly. Inspired by true story, this is fine.

Don't see it if You don't like kids in the audience w/you, want only insipid and silly shows, don't want to see any refs to war. Don't like magic.

Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Historically inaccurate

See it if you want America seen as the villain and the atrocities of the Holocaust reduced to that of a child's magic show.

Don't see it if you want to learn the true story of a Holocaust survivor who lost his whole family in Auschwitz; surviving because the Nazis liked his magic Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

May 4th, 2017

"All the ingredients of a classic in the making...The delightfully familiar story doesn't feel formulaic at all, with the impressively dynamic duo pulling your heartstrings throughout...Director McEneaney makes full use of the depth of the stage at the New Victory to create layers for his multidimensional tale...Paul 'Mr. G' Gomac is the wizard behind many of the enchanting illusions on stage, which delight the many children in the audience and amaze the adults as well."
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March 18th, 2014
For a previous production

"Levin's experience has now been expanded and transformed into an inspirational piece of theatre by two gifted professionals who understand instinctively how to capture, hold and ignite youthful imaginations...A skillfully structured and layered script...This is world-class work...It is crying out to be seen in countries far from here, where the quality of production and the impact of content upon young imaginations can be recognized for their universal significance."
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February 28th, 2017
For a previous production

"Many of the pared down scenes from last night’s performance lived on in my imagination as I drifted off to sleep, conjuring up the characters’ stories after the lights went down and the actors left the stage...Only an hour long, the play seemed to keep the attention of the younger children in the audience, and left them wanting more. Expect to laugh. Expect to feel slightly nervous. Expect a tear to escape your eye near the end and trickle down your cheek...A beautiful and touching show."
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March 6th, 2014
For a previous production

"Despite being for children, 'Nivelli’s War' doesn’t hold back...The play is quite dark, visually it’s beautiful to look at...It’s not all serious though, there are some genuinely touching and funny moments in the play to balance out the seriousness...'Nivelli’s War' is a very sophisticated piece of theatre, with the help of the complex characters, the use of shadows and the delicate piano music between scenes, a magic, cinematic, almost dreamlike experience is created that everyone can enjoy."
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