Occupied Territories
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Occupied Territories

Occupied Territories NYC Reviews and Tickets

(6 Ratings)
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

About the Show

59E59 presents this drama that carries us between a suburban basement and the jungles of the Vietnam War, exploring of the complexity and persistence of memory.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (6)

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106 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Must see

See it if You are open to a powerful "In the trenches" war experience and a better understanding of how the Vietnam war impacted American families

Don't see it if You are squeamish and unduly affected by occasional loud noise and strobe lights..and action within inches of the audience. Read more

286 Reviews | 23 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to see a captivating play that is both well directed and beautifully acted.

Don't see it if You want a show that doesn't have a couple of confusing (albeit stunning) movement sections.

266 Reviews | 27 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Intense

See it if you are comfortable with difficult scenes involving combat in Vietnam; you like to be very close to the action; you like flashbacks

Don't see it if you would be disturbed by realistic enactments of wartime fighting; you don't want to be close to the actors

282 Reviews | 47 Followers
Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in expert story telling of a popular subject matter to dramatize: The Vietnam War.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a sometimes predictable & sometimes cliche plot line, despite expert story telling and some memorable performances.

442 Reviews | 127 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Amazing choreography, Intense

See it if you can endure another play about the backlash of the Viet Nam war. Unusual flashbacks and choreographed battle scenes leave you breathless

Don't see it if you just don't want any more Viet Nam war plays, no matter how unusual or visually impressive. Read more

1 Review | 0 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Riveting

See it if You enjoy great theater and dance

Don't see it if You have ptsd

Critic Reviews (14)

October 27th, 2017

“The show features inventive staging, riveting dialogue, and an outstanding cast...It is timely and important...The actors master their individual roles and provide an intimate view of the anguish, terror, and bravery that exists in war...A production that deserves all the praise we can give it...It not only is an insightful view of the ravages of war and the difficulties that veterans and their families can encounter, but it is an extraordinary production...It is a show that will go far.”
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Talkin' Broadway
October 27th, 2017

"A heart-stopping production…Be warned: It is harrowing...The most compelling and revealing moments are those where panic and rage and cruelty grab hold of the men, when they are at their most vulnerable...Kudos must extend to all involved in this remarkable play...A revelatory work, both in its conception and in its delivery. Seeing it in the intimate setting...is a blistering theatrical experience, one that will be hard to shake off for a very long time.”
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October 30th, 2017

“While ‘Occupied Territories’ is engrossing mostly for its staging which brings the action almost into the audience's laps, it becomes predictable once each event or topic is raised. The use of a family beset by drug addiction and distant parents is overly tired without offering a new slant on these familiar topics. The Vietnam scenes while not so prevalent on our stages have certainly become a cliché of action movies. ‘Occupied Territories’ is an ambitious but unsatisfying drama.”
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October 25th, 2017

"The secret of this play's success is less in the book than the staging...The play's direction by co-writer Mollye Maxner is sharp and sensitive, and co-writer Banner's portrayal of the irresponsible Jude is unforgiving and compelling. If the start of the play is sketchy it puts across a point with clarity and force...The impact of the horrors of war is visceral in this small theater."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 27th, 2017

“A memory play strung together with grit and realism...Maxner achieves a difficult task and makes each location distinct...Bannon and Maxner have provided a very clear canvas to fill. And the actors live in their allotted worlds with great emotional reality and passion...The entire cast works together as a beautiful ensemble. This play ends in a circle that includes the audience because we were invited in from the beginning—we just didn’t know it until the end. Bravo.”
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Theatre Reviews Limited
October 26th, 2017

"Under Mollye Maxner’s thoughtful direction, the flashback scenes generated by memory and the basement’s detritus are both realistic and chilling...The actors portray their characters with a depth of sensitivity and metacognition...One might wish the two worlds of basement and jungle – separated by time and space – were more directly connected; however, these at best are parallel worlds...The overall effect, though challenging, is satisfactory."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 25th, 2017

“Sincere and heartfelt as 'Occupied Territories' is in its attempt to convey the legacy of war, whose effects live on in its participants and their progeny, neither its domestic nor wartime scenes are particularly original or believable on a more than soap opera level…The soldiers are stereotypes, their dialogue is hackneyed…The play's resolution, comforting as it may be, feels more forced than organic. All the performances are professionally smooth.”
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
October 26th, 2017

“'Occupied Territories' attempts to deal with some of the issues unleashed by the war...The genius of the play lies in the staging...While the blending of loudly presented military action and what is going on in the household all these years later is very clever, it also becomes awkward at times...The authors have taken up the challenge of writing a meaningful play, and if the interaction doesn’t always work as smoothly as it should, the overall impact is dynamically and creatively there.”
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