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“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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