SPAIN NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(255 Ratings)
Positive
65%
Mixed
22%
Negative
13%
Members say
Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

About the Show

A play set in 1936 explores propaganda's influence, blurring truth and fiction.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (125)

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70 Reviews | 10 Followers
90
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy smart, creative theater & the idea of a story exploring the importance of art and it's intersection with propaganda intrigues you.

Don't see it if A noir vibe isn't your thing or you're looking for a straightforward piece of theater that doesn't encourage you to think beyond the surface

375 Reviews | 91 Followers
82
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see a remarkable new play about art, Russian propaganda efforts in the Spanish Civil War, and Hemingway, with a modern twist

Don't see it if you prefer comedies/musicals or stories about propaganda bore you - I was sitting there thinking this is a good play but not very relevant.. Read more

524 Reviews | 133 Followers
81
Meta-theatrical treatment of art & propaganda

See it if Andrew Burnap and Marin Ireland are exquisite as characters as mysterious as the themes of the play. It's about the origins of "fake news"

Don't see it if Confusing if you don't know anything about Dos Passos, Hemingway or the Spanish Civil War which is used as a template for media manipulation

185 Reviews | 49 Followers
78
Marin ireland, Great space, 90 minutes, no intermission, Art, entertainment or propaganda, Ambitious

See it if interested in ideas rather than action-about what art should or could be to people who make/consume it-politics,entertainment, or expression

Don't see it if Looking for high drama.this moves between Spanish Civil War with a brief scene about art today

460 Reviews | 188 Followers
78
Original idea, Ruminative upon art, Uneven acting, pacing, and writing, Mysterious in places (good ambiance), Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of Marin Ireland and/or Andrew Burnap; want to see a little play with big ideas chug along in a small theatre.

Don't see it if you are expecting a mind-blowingly original work (concepts have promise); are sensitive to fog and gunshots; expecting to be moved. Read more

122 Reviews | 13 Followers
76
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like shows based on historic events and their effect on the arts and propaganda. Knowledge of the Spanish Civil War is helpful.

Don't see it if You only like plays with straightforward plots and that don't have any disconcerting or baffling undertones.

286 Reviews | 87 Followers
75
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Confusing

See it if Group of good actors trying their best recreating the shooting of a propaganda movie in 1936 and how Internet news are made our days

Don't see it if Boring sometimes,unnecessary monolog of Hemingway should be removed(maybe need only to save time to do changes onstage).Do not like the end Read more

391 Reviews | 80 Followers
75
Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing

See it if Marin Ireland's ambitious femme-fatale leads a nifty ensemble in Silverman's quasi-mysterious drama of using 'the truth' for personal means

Don't see it if When dealing w/events around 1936's Spain the plot is compelling in a confusing fashion but is undermined by a slick ploy for relevancy now

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
November 30th, 2023

“To be fair, that staging is faithful to Silverman’s instructions in the script, which emphasize the conventions of noir thrillers... ‘Spain’ is, after all, a play about propaganda, which is most effective when swallowed whole, if only that were possible.”
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New York Theatre Guide
December 1st, 2023

“ ‘Spain’ makes a final jolt into modern times that doesn’t quite land, but it’s a commendable swing that shows how propaganda has evolved — and yet, hasn't changed much.”
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Theatermania
November 30th, 2023

“...’Spain’ touches issues of propaganda and artistic integrity in an age of mass media. It’s unfortunate that, with such rich material all around, Silverman has opted to land on the least consequential aspect of this story — personal fulfillment.”
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Lighting & Sound America
December 1st, 2023

“Despite their endless temporizing, and the fact that they have walked into this trap with their eyes wide open, Silverman sees her characters as victims… it's putting it mildly that the story of This Spanish Earth's creation, no matter how revised, isn't a suitable vessel for airing the playwright's concerns. There are many worse things than being an unfulfilled writer or filmmaker; a quick look at the newspaper will tell you that.”
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New York Stage Review
November 30th, 2023

“ ‘Spain’ disappointingly fails as both history lesson and reimagining. It’s the kind of play about real-life events that doesn’t make you want to learn more.”
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TheaterScene.net
December 13th, 2023

"In writing a play about disinformation, Jen Silverman has unaccountably played fast and loose with the facts of the Joris Ivens/Ernest Hemingway propaganda film "The Spanish Earth." While the play’s value is debatable, it does mark an advance for this playwright whose previous plays "The Moors," "The Roommate" and "Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties" seems to get better and better with each new one. It also gives Marin Ireland as Helen a tour de force role that should not be missed."
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Front Row Center
December 13th, 2023

“Playwright Jen Silverman does not mean for ‘Spain’ to be a historical play and she has succeded in that...The wonderful and menacing theatricality imposed on the script hides the fact that it is there as a cover-up, hiding that there is nothing of substance in the play itself, only hints of something more meaningful, just don’t look too hard. There’s an ominous feeling in the set and lighting design that anyone could be killed at a moment’s notice, we almost wish someone was as it would ironically add some life to the play.”
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Exeunt Magazine
November 30th, 2023

“In the end, film becomes propaganda becomes disinformation becomes becomes irrelevant. I’m not sure I can hold that hope, but I want to.”
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