Terezin
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Terezin NYC Reviews and Tickets

62%
(57 Ratings)
Positive
49%
Mixed
25%
Negative
26%
Members say
Disappointing, Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Slow

About the Show

The Steinberg Theater Group presents the world premiere of this Holocaust drama about a young Jewish girl forced to make a terrifying choice.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (57)

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69 Reviews | 19 Followers
95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a story that blends multiples characters and storylines together to create a powerful whole story.

Don't see it if You have any issue with the discussion and recreated actions of the nazi party.

179 Reviews | 29 Followers
95
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Great scenic design, Great lighting/projection design

See it if The writer/director Tolkien, and the very talented cast have depicted the cruelty, deception, and the annihilation of Jewish adults and

Don't see it if you can handle play about concentration camps. Read more

71 Reviews | 6 Followers
95
Clever

See it if You enjoy great playwriting, great directing, great acting.

Don't see it if you do not like historical truths.

79 Reviews | 17 Followers
90
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to better understand the pain of Jews during the Holocaust. Terezin was a "Potemkin village" hiding terror behind artifice.

Don't see it if you are looking to escape for an evening of relaxed entertainment.

217 Reviews | 150 Followers
88
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You want to experience what life was like in a concentration camp. Acting, staging and set design were stupendous. Tearful, heart-wrenching

Don't see it if If you want to smile and laugh. You don't like painful topics or stories about the 3rd Reich Read more

53 Reviews | 16 Followers
83
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you believe it is important to learn about the horrors of the Holocaust and want to see a show that does an EXCELLENT portrayal of this time

Don't see it if You are looking for a glossy show that leave you feeling good as you walk out. Can't overlook a handful of parts that moved slowly. Read more

77 Reviews | 12 Followers
81
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate Holocaust stories and art.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the Holocaust, and are not moved by typical Holocaust dramas, even though this is more powerful than most.

132 Reviews | 44 Followers
79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to see great acting. Actors all do a great job showing the horrors of concentration camps

Don't see it if If you want to see a happy like show Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

BroadwayWorld
June 20th, 2017

"The tragic story of the people at Terezin is certainly a worthwhile subject, and Tolkien's play has merit. However, it needs further development. The staging is somewhat stylized, which only distanced me from creating an emotional connection with the characters...Least effective is the use of actors playing ghosts at various times throughout the play...For the most part, the actors do a good job with the material given and with their difficult accents."
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TheaterScene.net
June 26th, 2017

“Can any playwright, no matter how talented, adequately dramatize the agony of millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust, or, for that matter, any of history's holocausts that have been visited upon entire populations with mind-boggling frequency? I don't think so, but the grim, unremittingly depressing ‘Terezin,’ written and directed by Nicholas Tolkien (the Jewish great-grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien) makes an honest, if ultimately unsuccessful, stab at it.”
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Theater Pizzazz
June 20th, 2017

“What makes Tolkien’s production a mesmerizing work is in how its characters rise above the brutality and sadistic mania of their captors...The ensemble’s work together is just terrific. The themes of Terezin are outstanding…Additional elements that make this production memorable are the stylized and symbolic effects…These directorial nuances and choices by the artistic team elevate this work to a fine artistic symmetry and create a poetic dramatic design.”
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Stage Buddy
June 22nd, 2017

“'Terezin' is a call to remember. I appreciate a work of art that insists we fulfill an ethical responsibility, though the performance unsurprisingly is difficult and heavy…The play is clearly meant to be brutal…Tolkien’s writing finds its full expression in the monologues, which contain an unexpected gravity and poetic imagery. They are performed deftly and with professional commitment by the large cast…The choreography is sparing but clear, at times evocative and consistently impassioned.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
June 29th, 2017

“Very little rings true…in the writing, staging, or performances. The Nazis…are the sociopathic stereotypes we've seen in countless movies; I wish I'd counted how many times a Luger was whipped out and pointed as a way to settle a dispute. The rambling, suspense-challenged plot, filled with superficial characters and unpersuasive developments, fails to dig deeper than its litany of familiar Nazi cruelties…Act Two, in particular, is a pileup of dramaturgy that's gone off the rails.”
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The Huffington Post
June 20th, 2017

"Bad commemorative art...The two-act play is a collection of hollow histrionics...Tolkien doesn’t fulfill his obvious good intentions, his shortfall not needing lengthy description here...Tolkien directed, once again proving that very few playwrights are adept at directing their own works...It’s often said that the Holocaust is impossible to dramatize. 'Terezin' will give no one the opportunity to argue otherwise."
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Times Square Chronicles
June 30th, 2017

“Tolkien is the author and also the director, and neither of which does he do well. For over two and half hours this overstuffed, confusing mess of a play struggles to find its ground...There are also historical problems with this work. The cast is terribly uneven…Even the directing here is odd…Plays about the Holocaust are important so we never forget, but that doesn’t mean we need to forget artistic integrity.”
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
June 22nd, 2017

“A shawl is used to simulate playing the violin while we hear the accompanying music. That is one of the most successful touches. But other examples of the approach are strained…Such surrealism is intrusive and unconvincing, even muddling…The ensemble cast excels in getting into the overall mood of the play…However, as sincere as this effort...is, the style of the production sometimes impedes evoking emotions connected to what we see, even though the horrors are forcefully referenced.”
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