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The Assignment

From 1 critic and 72 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

Houses on the Moon Theater Company and Rhymes Over Beats present the world premiere of this play about an English professor who is shaken when a student’s personal essay reopens long-buried wounds. More…

'The Assignment' was inspired by the friendship between two individuals brought together by storytelling workshops facilitated by Houses on the Moon: a woman who founded a youth violence prevention program after her teenage son was murdered, and a man who served 17 years in prison for manslaughter. Though a fictionalization, the play was born from a mother’s desire to understand what caused another to take her son’s life, and a man’s need to express remorse. The play explores the long-term emotional toll of violence from both sides of the gun barrel, and the struggle to forgive others and ourselves.

DC Metro Theater Arts

“Socially relevant and thought-provoking, profoundly heartrending and often funny…Directed with balance and compassion by Weiner, the compelling two-hander considers the issues of guilt, remorse, and second chances, understanding and forgiveness…Profoundly moving performances by Betancourt and Kandel bring emotional and psychological depth and sensitivity to the struggling characters…'The Assignment' is a powerful example of theater that can make a difference." Full Review

Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if Brilliant way of delivering a story. great actors, relevant and realistic plot of the the story. THIS IS A MUST SEE! BRAVO!

Don't see it if you are the artsy kind

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want to see great actors in an intimate setting make you laugh and feel. Explore complicated relationships

Don't see it if I can't think of why you wouldn't want to see it.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Powerful

See it if You support the cause on gun violence. If you'd like to be moved by a very well written, powerfully performed, and intelligently directed pi

Don't see it if ... no reason not to watch.

Also This is one of the most powerful plays I have seen. My eyes were wet i... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You appreciate being moved by profound performances on a highly relevant topic. You love great acting. You are open to different views

Don't see it if You don't like 2 person theater.

Also Of my 20 reviews, I've only given out 100 to Hamilton and Dear Evan Ha... Read more Read less

Great show!, Great acting, Great lights and set, Great script, Must see

See it if you enjoy well-written dramas well-performed. Great show.

Don't see it if you want a musical.

Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate character-driven work. If you want to see two amazing actors play flawlessly off each other to create a beautiful show.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a light play--while there's certainly funny moments, this play deals with some heavy issues that could be triggering.

Authentic, Thought-provoking, Stellar acting, Superbly written, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a compelling, poignant, funny show that explores the guilty and the innocent, giving a compassionate voice to both sides.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of intimate theater experiences, or are sensitive to cigarette smoke. It's a small venue and the characters smoke at times.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like great theatre with great acting, meaningful story and a relevant topic, The play is funny at times.

Don't see it if you like the NRA and believe that it's everyone right to have a gun. Also don't see it if you want to light, fluffy story.

Also The play is psychological and deals with forgiveness, guilt and remors... Read more Read less

Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see some amazing dramatic acting in an intense, beautiful, and often humorous story of redemption and forgiveness.

Don't see it if You want to see something without substance. This show will certainly make you think and reconsider how you view things.

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

See it if You want to experience compassion even for those who have done horrible things.

Don't see it if are not open to exploring both sides of gun violence.

Also This is a human story

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if It was quite a show.The characters were totally believeable as well as entertaining.The subject matter was riveting and overall worth seeing

Don't see it if If you need a large and spacious set.IF you really don't want to know about guilt and/or anguish that people fight thru for elongated times.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see a very fine 2 character drama with a behind the headlines theme. You are interested in the best of the current off off B'way

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing a realistic portrayal on stage of one of the most crucial issues of our contemporary society.

Intelligent, Great acting, Exquisite, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy watching two superb actors bring meaning to a powerful story in a well-staged and lit production.

Don't see it if you are afraid to confront the truths of our society.

Absorbing, Great writing, Must see, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Wonderfully engaging performance by male lead/excellent writing give strength 2 this 2 person play asking us 2 look @ both sides victim/perp

Don't see it if U need a lot of action-this follows course of events as they unfold over few months btwn teacher & her unusual student. V real/heartbreaking

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Would enjoy a serious play that doesn't take itself too seriously. Wonderful performances that took you there. A+

Don't see it if Need an intermission. Otherwise, there is no reason not to see this show.

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

See it if This is a great evening of beautiful acting, perfect direction, touching script & well crafted set. I can't say egnoff about the work.

Don't see it if If you have lost a child to violence

Great writing, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if One can appreciate this production being on either side of a gun or gun control. Brilliantly written, funny and quite moving. A MUST-SEE

Don't see it if you only want to see stars in shows.

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Intense

See it if Life after manslaughter prison term meets life after shooting death of family member, and issues of guilt, remorse, and forgiveness arise.

Don't see it if You aren't open to discussion of causes and results of gun violence.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound

See it if You like the idea of exploring the lives and character of two unlikely friends.

Don't see it if You only like action and get bored by dialogue that gradually reveals the surprising past of two unusual people.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Intense

See it if you're concerned about gun violence. Wonderful story telling. Great acting.

Don't see it if you support the NRA.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want a thought provoking play dealing with timely issues. This is deep, intense stuff, with relevant and meaningful situations.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to gun violence or you don't like a small scale, character intensive production.

Absorbing, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy thought provoking plays. This show focuses on gun violence and forgiveness. Very well done.

Don't see it if you want to see a big production or you only enjoy shows with a large number of cast members. Small intimate theater.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You are interested in an honest examination of violence from the perspective of both perpetrator and victim.

Don't see it if Stories of violent acts depress you or you are not particuary interest in the topic.

Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an absorbing show with greattach acting

Don't see it if You like bigger productions

Powerful, Moving, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to be moved by believably drawn characters. Both great performers but Kandel is really riveting. gotta say: WOW! Highly recommended

Don't see it if you don't care about stories of loss, regret and redemption.

Also Kudos to the director and staging. The sets were very nicely done (not... Read more Read less