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
“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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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