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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing
83
Avg Score

95
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.

85
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

91
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.

87
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

80
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a thoughtful show in an intimate venue that uses space masterfully. Erick Betancourt was incredible.

Don't see it if you need a show with a tidy ending. Plot is more interesting to you than character.

Also Not clear if it was the writing or the interpretation, but I thought s... Read more Read less

72
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

90
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.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, 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.

90
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.

77
Disappointing, Slow, Intense, Quirky, Excruciating

See it if You want to contemplate circumstance and redemption

Don't see it if You want something incredibly engaging

85
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like two person shows where their stories are unknowingly intertwined. Deals with some heavy content but also very heartwarming.

Don't see it if You dont like two person shows, and smaller intimate theaters

81
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

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.

89
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.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if YOU LIKE A WELL ACTED 2 CHARACTER DRAMA. IT IS ABSORBING AND IN MANY CASES BETTER THAN A TWO HOUR PLAY,

Don't see it if TWO ACTORS ON A STAGE DON'T INTEREST YOU

70
Cliched, Great staging, Resonant, Relevant, Funny

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.

82
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.

80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a play about teacher/student interaction where both characters are flawed.

Don't see it if Only like comedies, hoping for a complicated plot.

Also I felt the actors did a wonderful job in this intimate play. I was wit... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Banal

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

29
Phony, Contrived, Poorly plotted, 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

75
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, 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.

69
Slow, Resonant, Disappointing, 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

84
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like plays where the characters' motivations are slowly revealed and humor is intertwined with serious themes.

Don't see it if want a big production.

Also Erick Betancourt's performance was very solid.

74
Relevant, Resonant, Edgy

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.

95
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.

65
Good acting, Relevant, Ambitious, Cliched, Slow

See it if you support explorations of important, socially relevant subject matters on stage; several moving scenes invoke empathy with the characters

Don't see it if competent acting helps overcome some of the stilted writing but still slow, even for 75 minute production; all the smoking seemed gratuitous


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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