Primary Stages and Rhoda R. Herrick present the New York premiere of an award-winning play, exploring the ethical and personal consequences of Paul Watson’s famous photograph. More…
Dan O'Brien tells the true story of an extraordinary friendship as two men, a war photojournalist and playwright, journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul. It is an award-winning glimpse at a moment in recent history when a single, stark photograph - of the body of an American dragged from the wreck of a Blackhawk through the streets of Mogadishu - reshaped the course of global events.
See it if you are fascinated by war correspondents and how they re-assimilate. The content is ambitious, relevant, and powerful.
Don't see it if you want a comprehensible opening; it's purposely confusing. Being self-reflective (I'm Dan writing a play about Dan) is a cheat. Often slow
See it if you are a news junkie, curious about the Somalian war, like plays about writers and friendship, like seeing actors play multiple parts
Don't see it if war talk disturbs you, you expect a more action packed play, lack patience with people seeking to discover themselves
See it if Good character work by the actors. A fascinating story about a topic I haven't seen covered before.
Don't see it if It's a little confusing at times, as the actors switch roles back and forth. A lot of stream of consciousness. Hard to take at times.
See it if You want to watch two amazing actors in a new and thought provoking story. Kudos to the playwright and the entire production team.
Don't see it if You expect to sit back and watch mindless entertainment.
See it if a ruminative, clever, theatrical, beautifully-woven story of cruelty and art, with a warm human center and elegant architecture
Don't see it if you're looking for a more conventional drama or something lighter (though it doesn't lack for humor and the occasional breeze)
See it if you appreciate the plight of war photographers and agony that comes with revealing ugly truths, like smart plays which force you to think.
Don't see it if you want to just be entertained, don't appreciate good acting and powerful theatre; if ethics and consequences are not important to you.
See it if you like to see the playwright insert himself into the subject matter and talk about his process.
Don't see it if you like plays that aren't indulgent. Here we get to follow a fellow talking about writing his play. Really?
See it if You enjoy a play about the importance of the actions we take and the career paths that lead us those actions.
Don't see it if You don't like unconventionally produced theatre with a a sense of detachment of the characters one another and the material almost.
See it if politics and policies in the Middle East confound & frighten you, this is why
Don't see it if you cannot stomach violence and don't follow the news from the Middle East
See it if You are open to various genres of theatre, you are interested in testimony & trauma, or you like to see real stories honored on stage
Don't see it if You expect traditional theatre, plot is prioritized in the programming you are currently seeking, you are seeking high-energy material
See it if you like character studies, good writing, wonderful acting and a thought-provoking insights into a photojournalist's life.
Don't see it if you are easily bored, want "splashy" shows and have a short attention span.
See it if it's a documentary. It reports on the problems and facts with little self-reflection or evolution. You are not lead to care about the people
Don't see it if Good staging & acting but the back & forth writing style is dated and confusing. It's made to look cooler than the material ever is.
See it if You like watching the discovery/history channels. Very informational. There will be those who really like this, Im just not one of them
Don't see it if Writing style is dated & you never feel connected to characters. Long winded & Hard to stay interested. Would make a better book/documentary
See it if you enjoy story that brings to life the confusing horror/rush/guilt of war photographer, fine acting duo and direction/set
Don't see it if you don't appreciate story without narrative drive, and character (playwright) with confusing motivation in pursuing story of photographer
See it if you want to see a play about two fascinating, haunted men told at a pace that dares you to keep up.
Don't see it if you can't stand shows that don't follow the principle "show, don't tell."