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The Assignment

From 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.

Member Reviews (72)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing
Avg Score

Well acted, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, 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.

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

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

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.

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.

Great acting, Profound, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy two person plays with good acting performances.

Don't see it if you don't like plays done in black box theater

Also Both actors were fabulous, a well written play with two characters you... Read more Read less

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, Thoughtful, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant

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

Great acting, staging, writing, Relevantly resonant, Thought-provoking, 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

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, 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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Very well written and acted play about loss and the relationships which impact our lives. An important new play.

Don't see it if If you're interested light dramas or musicals.

Riveting, Relevant, Powerful, Thought-provoking, Intense

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

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if Like intimate shows showcasing deep topic and intense emotions, want to see 2 actors really connect, want to see a good performance.

Don't see it if You need a large cast, elaborate set or are looking for a light hearted show or musical.

Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if timely and complex play that explores the impact of gun violence, and how it affects everyone involved victims and perpetrators.

Don't see it if ...this is a sensitive topic for you.

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.

Slow, Insipid, Banal

See it if You like two handers.

Don't see it if YOu expect drama.

Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Great acting

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, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy small shows with great acting

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

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

Ambitious, Funny, Impassioned

See it if You like good performances, clearly drawn, likeable characters in a play with heart and forgiveness

Don't see it if Characters are somewhat two-dimensional and constrained by quirky staging.

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

See it if You want to see a play that deals with violence, memory, and forgiveness. The acting was superb.

Don't see it if You don't like two-handlers, or you don't care about gun control or teenagers.

Also The post-show discussion and David's shoes are really eye-opening and ... 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

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, Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent

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

April 22nd, 2017
“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 Ka...
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