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.
See it if Lovely snapshot of specific lives at a particular time in history, which winds you deeper into emotional stories. Well deployed flashbacks
Don't see it if Can't understand heavy Yorkshire/Sheffield/Irish accents (and if you go anyway, do NOT spend the whole time hissing, "What'd he say?"!!!)
See it if you are interested in WWII, great British theatre, new plays, nontraditional storytelling. The powerful story of four steel workers.
Don't see it if You are uninterested in history, intimate black box theatres, small casts, non-linear storytelling.
See it if You want to see a well written and extremely well acted small play featuring 4 talented actors. Beautifully done and inspiring true story
Don't see it if Prefer large splashy productions or don’t like small cast intimate dramas. Or only want to see Plays on Broadway.
See it if you will enjoy a ww2 story that is well written and will take you on a journey with 4 young men trying to cope with wartime Sheffield.
Don't see it if you don't like tragedy and drama, not an evening of light hearted theatre, but pensive tragedy and a wartime story.
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.
See it if you'll delight in men who take great, patriotic and intensely joyous pride in making steel. Set during the blitz of Sheffield.
Don't see it if You can't relate to the somewhat trite problems of working class men concerned with measuring up to standards of bravery and masculinity.
See it if You like plays about history, accents, and monologues.
Don't see it if If you can't understand accents of Ireland and the British Isles, plays involving war, or a happy ending.
See it if You like play is based on actual events.
Don't see it if You want some typical Broadway story. This is stark very well acted and has some emotional parts. Very moving
See it if Well acted small stage play of Sheffield factory workers their factory friendships are put to test when stuck in bombed basement
Don't see it if Small stage plays pertaining to WWII don't interest you
See it if You want to see an intense and gripping play with outstanding acting - i liked it a lot
Don't see it if You can’t handle a performance relating to WW2 or war
See it if strong ensemble acting and well staged "slice of life" drama appeals. Touching story and insights into a. back corner or WWII.
Don't see it if you prefer very contemporary writing or staging. Was not "conventional" but wasn't edgy either.
See it if You like serious stories with strong acting, and accept minimal (really minimal) set design.
Don't see it if You need big production values, prefer comedies, have an aversion to dimly lit stages (portions of the show are in near darkness).
See it if like excellent well performed British imports from the UK. Really tight production places you right in Sheffield UK.
Don't see it if if you are looking for a comedy because it is a tragedy.
See it if You can relate to the human experience; You seek brilliance in acting and smart directing. Characters so similar on paper are each unique.
Don't see it if You’re unprepared or unwilling to allow yourself to be emotionally swept away for 80 minutes.
See it if polished, precision theater appeals. OC is creatively, cleverly staged. Actors are strong. You'll feel the impact of the major WWII event.
Don't see it if you want new insights beyond "war is hell." Offered ending "this made us stronger" rang hollow. Why was OC written/performed in 2018?
See it if you’re interested in the bonds that blue-collar workers make among themselves, & the strain an extreme situation can put on those bonds.
Don't see it if your constitution is too weak to negotiate 80 minutes of intense drama, only to have to endure an unexpectedly sad ending.
See it if You want a view of WWII from an unique angle. You enjoy stylized staging & dialogue.
Don't see it if You prefer more contemporary stories. You don't like stories about wars. You prefer traditional dialogue & staging.