Operation Crucible
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Operation Crucible

Operation Crucible NYC Reviews and Tickets

(94 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging

About the Show

After a successful run as part of 59E59's 2018 'Brits Off Broadway' series, this drama about four ordinary men who survive the Sheffield Blitz of World War II, returns Off Broadway.

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716 Reviews | 219 Followers
Intense, Resonant, Dizzying, Synchronized, Energetic

See it if Relationships among 4 steelworkers before, during, and after they are trapped. High speed choreographed movements and utterances.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy theater that is part dance & performance art. You are looking for more than a relationship and survival story in wartime.

677 Reviews | 190 Followers
Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Compelling, Great directing

See it if you'd enjoy a gritty, compelling, evocative, sparsely staged 4-hander about surviving UK working class life & the Luftwaffe bombing of 1940.

Don't see it if you have no interest in WWII and/or Britain; you have an allergy to stage smoke/fog; you're looking for something lighthearted & undemanding

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent

See it if Time passes for four Brit blokes trapped in a steelworks after a bomb strike. Nicely choreogrphed foundry. Ensemble works well together.

Don't see it if Blokes in a black box. Working-class accents. Monologues. Darkness. No props or set. Bomb strike hits midway through 75 min. running.

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Beautifully crafted, Great direction, Great precision acting

See it if you're interested in survival in England during WW2 & life/friendship in a steel factory. Beautifully performed, choreographed and written.

Don't see it if small, dark spaces make you feel claustrophobic; you are looking for a feel good play or a musical. This is an intense, well acted play.

459 Reviews | 117 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a superb ensemble in a taut drama about a WW II event in England

Don't see it if have trouble with British accents Read more

470 Reviews | 91 Followers
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Fast-paced, Great writing

See it if you’d enjoy a crisp, taut, sometimes funny drama about the fallout from a WWII airstrike and the lives of several steelworkers affected.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding Sheffield accents.

434 Reviews | 95 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy beautifully told stories about a moment in history that isn't discussed a great deal. Great acting and movement on a small stage

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents or plays that jump between moments and force you to keep up.

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
Disappointing, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You are familiar with a Sheffield accent. The 4 actors do a great job of entertaining but the story is hard to grasp

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something that is easy to follow.

Critic Reviews (24)

Front Row Center
November 17th, 2018

“Knowles has molded and formed a fine piece of theater that shares with its audience not only this moment in time, but a doorway into the lives of the people who inhabited it. Delivered staccato, but melding together into musicality, the wonderfully crafted dialogue of the play reflects friendships of people knowing each other for a long period of time and riffing off of that familiarity in shared experience...A compelling story...sure not to leave you untouched.”
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Gotham Playgoer
November 14th, 2018

“The cast are superb individually and as a team. Their ensemble work is brilliant. Bryony Shanahan’s tight direction adds much to the production. The simple set and costumes by Sophia Simensky are apt. Seth Rook Williams’s low lighting is effective and Daniel Foxsmith’s sound design is appropriately ominous. The only negative, and it is not a serious one, is that the thick Sheffield accent is occasionally hard to decipher.”
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The New York Times
May 15th, 2018
For a previous production

“Powerfully directed with a machine-tooled precision of its own by Shanahan, limits its point of view to that of four people...Captures so efficiently the dividing of war’s devastation. And it is all accomplished on a single simple set, with a cast of four and 80 minutes of stage time...Research informs his script, yet it is woven with a confident seamlessness into a story of men who, for much of our time with them, can barely see what’s in front of them. There is not a wasted word or gesture.”
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May 15th, 2018
For a previous production

“In this period of physical and spiritual darkness, the show's direction shines. Shanahan isn't afraid of murk any more than she is of silence...The ingenuity of the designers, director, and script is heightened by the cast. All convince as working-class Englishmen while remaining distinct personalities...The play's emotional whammy complements its historical specificity...A reminder of both our humanity and our capacity for brutality."
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May 18th, 2018
For a previous production

“Mesmerizing...Features an outstanding cast...The story is a timeless perspective of the chaotic effects that war has on civilians...Each of the four men's past lives and their present circumstances are portrayed with spirit, heart and some humor...The cast deftly assume multiple roles to create a portrait of each character...The actors master the show's intriguing dialogue and its rapid scene changes...An unforgettable and affecting theatre experience.”
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September 12th, 2016
For a previous production

"A powerful and energetic piece, plunging the audience into the blazing centre of the steelworks and the darkness of the bombed-out hotel's basement, with clever choreography and simple yet effective lighting changes...Although the play isn't telling new stories per se, it skilfully blends its focus on those who worked in the steel industry with its depiction of the war...Whilst it packs an emotional punch, it rarely gets swamped in sentimentality."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 16th, 2018
For a previous production

"These moments are so many building blocks that don't add up to a play. The structuring of the episodes feels scattershot, and none of the characters emerges with a distinctive profile...The cast of four -- Salvatore D'Aquila, Christopher McCurry, James Wallwork, and Knowles -- is technically skilled, but Shanahan's direction is too high-pitched for theatre...This is the kind of narrative that is better suited to prose than the theatre. Everything about is well done, but it never catches fire."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 15th, 2018
For a previous production

“The natural rhythm of the play extends the rhythm of the quartet's teamwork...Even in straightforward narration, they literally finish each other's sentences...as the story unfolds. As directed by Shanahan, it all becomes a highly choreographed and near poetic display...The heart-pounding events are dramatically reinforced...Thanks to the strong performances and supportive design elements, Americans are likely to find themselves caught up in a war story.”
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