Already closed | 1h 25m | Midtown W

Private Peaceful

From 131 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Riveting

About the show

This new one-man play, adapted from the young adult novel by Michael  Morpurgo ('War Horse'), offers a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by the soldiers in World War I. More…

The story follows the life of a young soldier, Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful, facing the firing squad for cowardice. As Tommo sits in his cell awaiting sunrise, he thinks back on the events that made him the person he is today. When the lines of heroism and cowardice collide, what can one man or even a brother do to fight the injustices of it all? The play highlights the dreadful horrors of war while celebrating the joyfulness of life.

1h 25m | Already closed | TBG Mainstage Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (131)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Riveting
86
Avg Score

82
Absorbing, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want as frenetic paced play with s great plot. O Regan is excellent.

Don't see it if If you dont want a ww1 story . A sad story.

80
Grim, Moving, Sad, Intense, Great acting

See it if Solo actor vividly depicts relationships prior to the war with color and flair, evoking a life filled with love, friendship & humor.

Don't see it if Then comes being shelled & terrified in a trench. The ending is bleak. Thick accent & poor acoustics.

95
Absorbing, Great writing, Brilliant acting, Strong anti war statement, Masterful

See it if you like brilliant acting. This one man show is breathtaking. He assumes all of the roles and switches between characters flawlessly. SEE IT

Don't see it if you want a traditional play or you want a musical. This play is important and the actor is as good as it gets. Don't miss it.

100
Mesmerizing, Masterful, Captivating, Must-see theatre at its most evocative, Incredibly moving & heartfelt performance

See it if seeking a riveting, beautiful, heartfelt, simply stunning work of storytelling and acting. You won’t see anything as compelling on Broadway.

Don't see it if unwilling to be lured in by absolutely engrossing work; seeking spectacle. Note: may trigger strong emotions through war themes / gun shots.

Also An energetic, emotional, and enervating one-man-work, Private Peaceful... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an exceptional actor, Shane O’Regan, brilliantly play over 20 roles in a heart wrenching tale of familial love and World War

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows or have trouble understanding Irish accents.

Also This was an incredibly moving experience and a exceptionally acted pla... Read more Read less

69
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if and ONLY if the subject matter interest you.

Don't see it if a one man play about a World War 1 soldier facing a firing squad with the night before, his life flashes before his eyes. Otherwise skip it.

Also This play kept me at arms length distance and this really put me at a ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if best solo performance I have ever seen!Do not miss this powerful and moving play.It will keep you thinking long after you leave the theater.

Don't see it if do not miss this once in a lifetime performance by Shane O'Regan,it will break your heart, and inspire you at the same time.

Also I was touched by the bond between this two brothers,the selflessness o... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like a high-energy, moving performance by a captivating young actor

Don't see it if you want a well-thought-out story arch or an "ah-ha" moment; the play simply ends, without any attempt to shine a light on the "why"

Also Sadly, something was missing from this play, despite the actor's incre... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Shane O’Regan is sensational in this one-man show about a British lad's life leading up to his experience on the battle field of World War 1

Don't see it if This is one of those must-sees to experience an outstanding actor who takes you to a dark place in world's history but remains hopeful.

95
Absorbing, Must see, Great acting, Masterful

See it if a brilliant one-man show playing 24 parts but mostly 16yo Tommo and his brother Charlie who sign up to fight WWl. phenomenal performance.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows. like superficial lighthearted fare.

Also the lead , Shane O'Regan is absolutely brilliant. If you are not blown... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Good direction, Great tech (lights, set & sound)

See it if You like shows written and performed from the heart. A beautiful, heart-felt production that grabs you and stays with you.

Don't see it if I was in row B and the sound bounced off the brick walls, making it hard for me to understand all his dialect. Sit further back & enjoy.

Also I saw the Brits Off Broadway production of Private Peaceful starring A... Read more Read less

77
Great acting

See it if you enjoy one person shows, stories of The Great War, or excellent acting.

Don't see it if (see above!)

72
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if IF YOU REALLY WANTED TO KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE IN COMBAT THEN THIS IS THE PLAY FOR YOU.HIS CHARACTERIZATIONS OF MULTIPLE CHARACTERS W

Don't see it if YOU DON'T LIKE ONE MAN PLAYS WITH SUBSTANCE.ALSO HE HAD A STONG IRISH ACCENT AS WELL WHICH MAY BE PROBLEM FOR SOME PEOPLE.

Also AS PHENOMENAL.HIS ACTING WAS REALLY WONDERFUL AND IF YOU ARE A THEATER... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense

See it if U can handle a fast pace drama, 1 man show.This's an intense story & the actor does a great job only playing male characters

Don't see it if If you don't like intense drama war related stories. Can't stand an adult playing a child for a long perid and rushing through the words.

91
Absorbing, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if From the get-go, Shane completely draws you in and never lets you go. Such a tremendous performance. I felt like I grew up alongside him

Don't see it if Actor does have a noticeable Irish accent (quite tolerable however). Story itself does fall into typical wartime cliche.

Also A moving experience and his ample sweat across his forehead is well-ea... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You want to see an excellent solo show about a young man who enters World War I without thinking about the dire consequences.

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason not to see this show.

85
Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see outstanding acting.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows.

Also An acting tour de force. The play was good but not as good as the perf... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if Excellent performance. At times I had difficulty with the accent but overall, I was completely absorbed in the characters all played by one

Don't see it if You have difficulty with accents or you don’t like one actor playing several parts.

88
Amazing one-man show with 24 characters

See it if Taut, well-written and well-acted one-act drama about a young irishman turned WWI soldier. Shane O’Regan is a superstar.

Don't see it if The only reason not to see this show is if you can’t sit still for 80 minutes.

90
Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if If you love stories about life and the tough choices humans encounter.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of war stories.

84
Great acting, Intense, Great writing

See it if you want to see a really great actor play lots of different roles with a love story and World War

Don't see it if you can't get good seats, it can be difficult to hear all the subtleties of different dialects.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You appreciate one actor shows where the actor beautifully portrays a variety of characters. You like shows about WWI.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows. You don't like shows about war. You only want to see musicals or feel good plays.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Powerful, well paced but sad exploration of how youth (thru nationalism, economics, their psychology, & manipulation) are led to war.

Don't see it if you don't want to see riveting one man show

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like coming of age and war stories and one-man shows, you like the theatre stripped down to it's raw form with writing and acting

Don't see it if war stories aren't you're thing, you're looking for a more flashy/prop-filled show

72
Cliched, Absorbing, Intense, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if You are the fan of the novel, or into anti-war reflection as a genre

Don't see it if You find the story being told too many times before & not particularly interesting nor insightful


September 6th, 2018
"O’Regan attacks the various roles like he’s engaged in a full-body, full-spirit workout...This actorly excellence (and he really is excellent) is a kind of smoke screen — a gas attack, if you’re feeling nasty — for the cruelty, the unsparing feel-badness of the play. The original novel is a hear...
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September 7th, 2018
"The story may sound familiar, but you’ve likely never seen O’Regan, who makes a spectacular U.S. debut. It’s exhilarating to watch him inhabit the tale’s two dozen characters, switching accents and attitudes like Sybil on steroids. Even more impressive than his versatility is his ability to tap ...
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September 7th, 2018
"Morpurgo interviewed veterans of the First World War...His resulting young-adult novel, about a teenage soldier subjected to humiliation and violence at the hands of his bullying commanders, has echoes of ‘Catch-22’, without the comedy. In Reade’s excellent, dreamlike adaptation for the stage, t...
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September 7th, 2018
"The scope of O'Regan's performance is impressive...His work is masterfully skilled and technically precise, but it's also vibrantly alive. He creates unique portrayals and tics for every person featured...Reade's production is swift, and he really knows how to raise the suspense...Simplicity is ...
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