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.

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'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.

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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

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Edgy, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy watching small works come to life. Storytelling in an intimidate setting.

Don't see it if you only enjoy big productions.

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

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

Don't see it if you want a musical.

Relevant, Well-acted, Relationship drama

See it if you're interested in how small interactions can lead to larger relationships. You believe people are more alike than different.

Don't see it if you're hoping for insights on gun violence or gun policies. You don't believe people from different backgrounds can really connect.

Also I saw this play because the marketing made me think it was mainly abou... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Excellent performances by both actors and a great script. Story moves along nicely and never lags. Cared about characters & outcome.

Don't see it if If you don't like smaller more intimate plays.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thoughtful

See it if Like a small show with great resonance. It's a touching and heartbreaking story of two lost souls who find redemption thru each other.

Don't see it if Don't want to think about gun violence, what happens to a parolee, how a platonic relationship between teacher and student can change lives.

Also The two actors were both excellent and the staging and set were very w... Read more Read less

Intense, Quirky, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You want to contemplate circumstance and redemption

Don't see it if You want something incredibly engaging

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want to see a two character play that addresses a traumatic situation from opposing sides.

Don't see it if You want a light, comedic type of play.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting, Powerful

See it if you have an interest in the complex issues surrounding gun violence, exploring it from two opposite perspectives.

Don't see it if you have no interest in this issue and want something light and fluffy.

Also Although I enjoyed this play and the important issues it raises, I was... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like intimate plays that wrestle with the complexities of how our baggage affects how we move through the world. Beautifully performed.

Don't see it if you can't forgive imperfect dramaturgy or a missed opportunity to use the space in a more focused way. Still, a worthwhile 80 minutes!

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You would enjoy a really focused work on the developing relationship between two characters whose past baggage leads to a strong climax.

Don't see it if You want lighter entertainment with more than two characters and a more developed set.

Resonant, Disappointing, Slow, Obvious

See it if You like a well acted play about two people dealing with the aftermath of gun violence

Don't see it if A play that follows a fairly obvious course without a real dramatic edge.

Also Warning. Don't go to this show if you don't want to endure tobacco smo... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy small shows with great acting

Don't see it if you don't like 2 person plays

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

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

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

Don't see it if You like bigger productions

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

See it if You like intimate theaters, small productions, strong acting ( particularly male lead), serious story but at times funny

Don't see it if You require large cast, fancy sets, and light entertainment.

Great acting, Great writing, Powerful, Moving, 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

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want to see a well-acted, timely contemporary drama.

Don't see it if You are offended by profanity or want to see a large-scale lavish production.

Also The acting was exceptionally good by both actors in this play. I could... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Good acting by female lead in often slow show.

Don't see it if Mind poorly written script and obvious manipulation

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging



Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Cliched, Great staging

See it if you want to watch a decent drama that explores the intersection of two broken people.

Don't see it if the dramatic development not keeping up with the characters' relationship would bother you.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow

See it if You enjoy plays that feature multi-layered characters and that make you think about topical issues.

Don't see it if You don't like two-person, small-scale shows.

Contrived, Poorly plotted, Phony, Infuriating

See it if you can be emotionally manipulated even by a story that's poorly structured and makes no sense.

Don't see it if you respect good plotting (see below). You believe in fairness or karma. You want to believe that higher education serves a noble purpose.

Also It's a 75-minute play in which both characters' big secrets aren't rev... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great acting, staging, writing, Relevantly resonant, Humor arises from character, Two hander that reverses established roles

See it if teacher/student, parent/child issues, like-ably vulnerable actors, dynamite script, Intimate staging make you want to go to the theatre

Don't see it if can't empathize with characters who have experienced loss, need more than 2 actors on stage, need subject matter that isn't challenging

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Well acted, Small-scale

See it if you like exploring an important topic (gun violence) through individual stories. Both actors are strong and the staging is solid.

Don't see it if you want perfect plotting; there are some gaps. The play is talky and occasionally drags. It has great intentions, though, and is touching.

Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You enjoy waiting for something to happen. The actors were good but the script was lacking with way too many pregnant pauses.

Don't see it if You prefer fun and quick witted dialogue that moves to the point of the story in an interesting manner