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Private Manning Goes To Washington

From 2 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Delightful, Riveting, Entertaining, Masterful

About the show

After a recent run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Representatives presents a revised version of this drama, a play within a play imagining a secret meeting between Army whistle-blower Manning and President Obama. More…

In December 2010, long before his suicide, hacktivist Aaron Swartz requested information from the U.S. government about the treatment of Chelsea Manning, the soldier who would be found guilty of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. Playwright Stan Richardson uses this fact as a springboard to imagine Swartz creating a piece of theatrical activism intended to free Manning. 'Private Manning Goes to Washington' is a timely and trenchant new play about the power of theatre to create empathy, understanding, and justice in an age of virtual realities and manufactured truths.

1h 0m | Already closed | Studio at 345 (West Village)

Member Reviews (2)


Absorbing, Delightful, Riveting, Entertaining, Masterful
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if Tour de force acting by a single actor embodying more than a dozen characters in a searing drama about the brutality of war an

Don't see it if the gutwrenching brutality of war and its impact on idividuals is of little interest don't see this show.

Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Yea, why not...

Don't see it if Sure

December 5th, 2016
"It’s an intriguing concept, and one very much in sync with the times. Alas, 'Private Manning' is surprisingly uninvolving, despite hitting so many hot buttons at once...The play-within-the-play scenes meander, lacking dialectical fire between the fictionalized pair...Aaron is the most interestin...
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December 4th, 2016
"'Private Manning Goes to Washington' covers a lot of territory during its hour-long running time, much of it requiring, by necessity, the kind of background information that will allow the audience to grasp the intricacies of Manning's situation. The play cannot help but border on the polemic, b...
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December 5th, 2016
"Wonderfully acted and imaginatively presented...Richardson very skillfully blends the facts of the case with dramatic license to create an entertaining and provocative scenario. Treason versus conscience is evenhandedly explored. At times the play is overly self-conscious but is ultimately compe...
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December 4th, 2016
"Avoiding preaching, 'Private Manning Goes to Washington' simply demands we know the truth...Playwright Stan Richardson should be applauded for his mastery of the many complicated layers of story (kudos also to dramaturg Jordan Schildcrout)...The impact of the power dynamic between the two actors...
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