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Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

From 2 critic and 38 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the show

In this intense drama, an American doctor, an Irish journalist, and an English academic are being held captive by terrorists abroad, but it isn’t just the terrorists that provide tension. More…

The cramped confines of their cell intensify their national biases and prejudices, fostering internal resentments and recriminations. It isn’t until they band together and build a world of fantasy to help keep their sanity that they are able to focus their fight.


“Long and difficult, three flawless performances enrich this graceful revival...Structurally the play is difficult...By having the audience spend close to three hours in a theater watching three men talk, perhaps McGuinness desires them to feel detained as well...McGuinness creates three fully-realized engaging characters whose initially contentious relationship develops into a moving bond...Most crucially, Langdon guides the performers to sustained emotional intensity.” Full Review

Arts Independent

“Captivating...There is much to recommend in this gritty, visceral production, from the...set to the masterfully orchestrated ebb and flow of speech...There are moments when the tears flow a little too freely, an effort to restrain them would be more believable...The text itself suffers at times from being overly schematic...But there is so much life and lyricism and breadth of vision in both the text and the production that minor shortcomings are quickly forgotten.” Full Review

Great acting

See it if The he beginning as peoplre sat down became maddening with the guy jumping so long.............couldn

Don't see it if Are impatient

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You’ve ever seen it before, or know the play, or don’t at all - it’s the best version I’ve ever seen! A Must MUST See! Phenomenal work!

Don't see it if Nope - don’t miss this one!

Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to be reminded how little the world has changed since this was penned by the great Irish playwright so many years ago

Don't see it if you are unable to concentrate and sit for 2.5 hours of intense theater depicting a hostage situation involving 3 men from different nations

Also So glad I went to see this opening night, which went off pretty smooth... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Powerful, Intense

See it if you want an in depth characters study of men held hostage in Beirut 1990. Despite their differences, they bond over their humanity.

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy where thinking is unnecessary.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You can stand a 2.5 hour play that is amazingly well done! You need to be a serious drama fan.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span and/or you have breathing problems.

Intense, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy heavy, character-driven drama.

Don't see it if stories of anger and maental anguish make you uncomfortable

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if An extraordinary play focusing on the relationship of three prisoners .The depth of writing and acting is profound. A riveting experience.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer light dramas or musicals.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if Your main focus would be actors, no decor, no prop except for a few, just their powerful words they exchange while being hostage in a cell

Don't see it if You do not like lengthy plays, not a fan of watching the brutal impact of living in a cell for indefinite amount, with complete strangers

Also Get ready for a drama beyond belief, still relavant today

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want to see great acting. Although the story is set at a particular political time and place, it's about humanity in extreme situations.

Don't see it if you can't stand plays based on dialogues and no action or setting changes.

Great acting, Riveting, Great writing, Intense, Must see

See it if you enjoy thoroughly well done performances on a very tough subject. There is no flaw here in the acting, staging, writing, lighting, sound.

Don't see it if you have trouble sitting for a long period, especially the first act. While riveting, the seating is uncomfortable & some external noise.

Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to witness what it must be like to be in prison in a foreign country and understand the strength of mind and body you must maintain

Don't see it if the subject matter is too dark

Also I hesitated going to see this show because I am very uncomfortable wit... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you can deal with the suffering of others who do not deserve to be mistreated or manipulated by politics.

Don't see it if you find acting so realistic and it bothers you that others are suffering.

Riveting, Intelligent, Intense, Excellent acting, Relevant

See it if you want to see a superbly acted, nearly Beckettian play about political, physical & psychological imprisonment that endangers our humanity

Don't see it if you're unwilling to sit for nearly 3 hours & allow 3 characters evolve through a gamut of emotions as they define what's important in Life

Also I first saw this play on Broadway many years ago with Stephen Rea as E... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if About the human will to live, when you are taken.

Don't see it if This is not a light show, very intense. Its long too.

Also Watching this about three men kidnapped and doing all they can to surv... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You have a checklist of Irish masterworks that needs to be completed

Don't see it if You’re impatient. It’s very talky and it can sometimes feel a bit long

Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if you like intense plays, small casts, character shows. Great acting from all 3 men through various emotions.

Don't see it if you want a large production or a lot of plot development. Play is a little long.

Also Excellent revival of Frank McGuinness's Tony-nominated play. I was ent... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Inspiring, Disquieting

See it if to witness 3 brave, stirring, authentic, unrestrained performances as hostages shackled in a Beirut prison, doing all they can to survive.

Don't see it if you think "An Englishman, an Irishman & an American walk into a Beirut prison..." is the start of a joke.

Also This is a long play, at just shy of three hours, but the writing is sh... Read more Read less

Powerful, Long, Exhilarating, Limited, Human

See it if in order to experience something powerful, you’re willing to be trapped for hours in an intimate space with 3 sometimes desperate hostages.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light: here, even the laugh lines are dark.

Also Animus Theatre’s production of “Someone Who'll Watch over Me” is uncom... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Moving

See it if You are interested in how people act under the pressure of captivity. You like intense character development.

Don't see it if You don't like intense shows.

Indulgent, Profound, Must see

See it if Multicultural characters finding out they arent so different.

Don't see it if Not a lot of scene changes.

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, A bit long

See it if You care about the counter-terrorist campaign and it’s global effects. All three actors are great.

Don't see it if Plain setting; A bit long; Doesn’t give voice to the middle eastern people

Riveting, Intense, Intelligent, Finely acted, Absorbing

See it if Want stunning exploration of the emotional rollercoaster people trapped in horrible circumstances might go through. Bonds are formed/tested.

Don't see it if Want a light drama, changes in scenery, or not interested in what people will do in order to survive. This is well-scripted and performed.

Also Difficult to see unless sitting in first row. Almost all of the action... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Challenging

See it if 3 men in a cell, needing each other to survive. Metaphor for life? Captors = God? "If he put us here to watch us suffer, to what end?"

Don't see it if Intentionally long and difficult to bear. You as the theatergoer feel trapped as well. Lighter moments help you to endure.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dramas about war, prisoners, and human suffering

Don't see it if You want something light and fun

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You enjoy dark dramas of political events.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter dramas or comedies of a shorter duration.

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