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 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 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 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."
See it if you want a history lesson on the atrocities of war. It's a brilliant exposition, but not really a play in the traditional sense.
Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play with a story-line and an emotional journey.
See it if You like great staging, apt direction, and pro actors elevating the material.
Don't see it if You'll get bored watching 2 people on stage talking for what feels like 2 hrs. Too personal and not enough meat on the story.
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