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 About Four Lads during World War II stories of how they felt about life and the things they went through during the war.
Don't see it if It takes place in World War II, they do try to show you the darkest of life during that .
See it if Like seeing small group of good actors recreate tensions & camaraderie of a community involved in tragic circumstances. Taut and fine.
Don't see it if Don't want to face the fears/horrors of war, are triggered by loud sounds, darkness. Very heavy British accents may be a problem for some.
See it if you enjoy intense drama which tells how ordinary people react to the tragedies of war; you don't mind dark, smokey staging used to intensify
Don't see it if you dislike intense drama, small ensembles, lots of chaos, smoke, darkness, heavy English/Irish accents, and war scenes describing death
See it if Trapped in a WWII bomb shelter, four steel workers recount bits of their work life, friendship, and families.
Don't see it if You prefer a more elaborate production with a more traditionally structured script.
See it if You want to see "men at work", a different time in Brit history. Like 'men in crisis' stories. Relate well to war stories. Want meaning.
Don't see it if You have difficulty with Brit accents. Diff with overlapping dialog. Need to be able to see everything. Need straightforward narrative.
See it if If you are interested in a quartet of fine actors who recount a historical incident in northern England during WW II.
Don't see it if Do not see if you are uncomfortable with fairly heavy English accents and some gruesome details of war.
See it if you want to hear the stories of 4 survivors of a blitz bombing told through back & forth stories of their lives & survival.
Don't see it if you are not interested in the lives of ordinary workers surviving a blitz attack in England during WWll.
See it if you want a hard-hitting, tightly-written and staged play about steelworkers trapped in a hotel basement during the blitz in Britain in WWII.
Don't see it if you're not prepared for emotional intensity (with loud bombing sounds). Powerful, but it's good that it's only 80 gripping & tense minutes.
See it if you'll enjoy a historical drama in which the characters address the audience more than they interact with each other
Don't see it if you prefer plays in which the characters interact with one another and that interaction drives the plot of the play.
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.
See it if you're interested in WWII history and appreciate great ensemble acting.
Don't see it if you have difficulty with strong British accents, or are uncomfortable with explosive noises and complete darkness.
See it if you enjoy the serious, if you like male bonding stories, you are familiar with the British blitz by the Nazis, you like poetic dialogue
Don't see it if you are easily confused by characters all shouting at once, you have a problem bonding with blue collar workers, accents give you a problem
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.
See it if for an original fast past interesting production- great acting, creative staging & intense play
Don't see it if for straight forward linear play. Can't understand accented dialogue .Brief periods not totally clear during very short play
See it if You like great acting,in an historical drama that is still relavant today.Makes you feel the pain of war of simple life of 4 factory workers
Don't see it if You do not like Intense drama,pitch dark scenes,actors that are all talking at the same time, powerful noise that makes u jump,small ensembl
See it if U want 2 catch a slice of life in a 30s-50s Sheffield England steelworks factory w/4 men who work together. Their "metal" tested by tragedy~
Don't see it if These 4 wonderfully enact the factory-& tragedy which occurs. V tight ensemble. If u'd find the accent difficult to follow, r seeking big~
See it if Steel yourself for red-hot, riveting theater. Pure writng and a first-rate, exquisitely timed ensemble performance.
Don't see it if if you have trouble with regional British dialect, or have no interest in the dynamics of male groups.
See it if You appreciate shows that are physical and intimate with a deep respect for characters.
Don't see it if You don't want another British WWII blitz story, you have trouble with accents, or you dislike non-linear plots.
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.