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The Brutes

8 Members say: Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent, Good acting, Slow
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A portrait of the tempestuous relationship of the Booth family: John Wilkes Booth and his brothers, Edwin and Junius Jr. Part of the 2018 Planet Connections Festivity. More…

John Wilkes Booth, a loyal Confederate, is joining his Union family in New York City in November 1864, on the Thanksgiving before the one and only performance in which the three brothers ever shared a professional stage, and before John Wilkes was permanently etched into history as the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Beliefs are challenged, histories intertwine, and deep family ties are strained and broken. Though set in 1864, the story could be set in our current time, in terms of civil strife, families torn over issues, and a country sharply divided.


75
Ambitious, Confusing, Intriguing

See it if you are interested in the civil war, or American theater history.

Don't see it if you are not willing to concentrate very hard just to follow what is going on.

Also I found "The Brutes" consistently intriguing, but ultimately disappoin... Read more Read less

71
Dizzying, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Good acting

See it if you can keep up with alot of dialogue and characters.

Don't see it if you're looking for an in-depth exploration of JW Booth.

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Confusing, Slow

See it if Wimpee's well conceived tale of the Confederacy told thru the Booth acting dynasty Good acting esp Belvo's Edwin & O'Brien's Julius Sr Booth

Don't see it if Plot lines strained & confusing requiring patient sorting thru Works best when dealing w/back stage histronics of an all Booth performance

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Good acting

See it if you enjoy watching a play with good acting.

Don't see it if object to historical plays that appear pointless and uninteresting.

60
Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you're familiar with and enjoy Shakespeare. There were enough funny moments to keep the performance entertaining.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to intensely focus on dialogue. It is rather taxing.

Also I look forward to reading more reviews. I found it very hard to unders... Read more Read less

57
Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Shallow, Has its moments

See it if You have some familiarity with the Booth family & know your Shakespeare references. You enjoy plays based on historical figures.

Don't see it if You want a play w/a strong POV: I was unsure what it was trying to say. You want insight into the Booths: this doesn't go beyond the basics.

50
Ambitious, Quirky, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You are super familiar with Shakespeare and can follow fast-paced, convoluted plot lines.

Don't see it if You want to see character development, learn more about the Booth family, or have trouble keeping track of multiple plot lines.

Also The show decided to forego a sound system, which would be fine if all ... Read more Read less

97
Relevant

See it if You enjoy these themes: history + language + politics relevant to our time.

Don't see it if You're looking for light and fluffy.


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