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Operation Crucible

From 94 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

"Operation Crucible" (code named by the Germans referring to its unique 18th century steelmaking) is based on the true story of the December 12, 1940 bombing of the Marples Hotel in the industrial city of Sheffield. It took only one German bomb to decimate the seven-story hotel into mere rubble. Unbelievably, four men survived the attack, only to be trapped in one of the hotel’s remaining and intact cellars. "Operation Crucible" is their story.

Member Reviews (94)


Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging

Banal, Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you like intimate period pieces on WWII, if you're interested in Ireland's history, if you are ok with minimalist setting

Don't see it if If you don't respond well to banalities. The show, while cleverly staged and beautifully played out, essentially is quite trite.

During previews
Style over substance

See it if Excellent acting, very well choreographed, staging, lighting, sound all top notch but...

Don't see it if Dull dialogue, predictable situations,stock characters.Felt like I was stuck in a bomb shelter w/4 boring guys for 80 mins-minus the drama.

Also Nothing original in this besides the presentation - which was brillian... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if Four talented actors in a play set during the WW II bombing are trapped in a basement hotel. The writing feels predictable and familiar.

Don't see it if Diming the lights on stage can put the audience to sleep if there is nothing exciting in the dark, no matter how engaging the actors are.

During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if British historical dramas with little action and boring dialogue by 4 actors who try their best is your thing.

Don't see it if You value your time and would rather not be subjected to long periods of darkness and actors screaming at the tops of their lungs.

Also There is good acting in this piece, however most of the language and v... Read more Read less

During previews
Intense, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like small productions, minimalistic staging, good use of lights & sound to spark your imagination. Requires much concentration

Don't see it if You want a linear story - story jumped around & already difficult to follow due to accents. Had to concentrate too hard on dialogue

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 friendshi...
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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 appropriat...
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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 ...
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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 person...
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