The Simon Studio presents a drama set in '60s Romania about a teenager desperate to escape to the west and his mother who's harboring a life-changing secret. More…
It's 1963. Nineteen-year-old Robi longs to escape communist Romania for the United States. However, the one person who can help Robi is a man his mother, Maria, is desperate to keep from him. During World War II, Maria was engaged to a Hungarian army officer, but fell in love with Zoli, a Jewish man whom she hid from the Nazis. The officer discovered Zoli, who was sent to Auschwitz, but spared the newly pregnant Maria’s life. Two decades later, the officer returns. Will the painful secrets of their past change the course of Robi’s future? 'The Dressmaker's Secret' is a heart-wrenching drama that examines the oppression of the police state, the defiant endurance of the human spirit, and the healing power of love.
See it if you are interested in the history of Communism in Hungary, how the war affected the lives of real people; how secrets can impact lives.
Don't see it if you expect a tightly written show with extensive staging; this is in a tiny black box with minimalist sets; you dislike intimacy with actors
See it if Enjoy a story that takes time to unfold, intimate theatre spaces, and post-WWII topics; I was engrossed throughout
Don't see it if You want a fast paced play; large or traditional precenium stage, and modern topic; it's a little long at 2+ hours
See it if riveting dramatic pay represents the subject matter truthfully is the opinion of someone who has who has lived under an oppressive regime
Don't see it if you do not like to be in small spaces, where the actors are practically 1-3 ft. away from you.
See it if you are moved by stories of the Holocaust. This is another touching tale. Best efforts by talent and an enjoyable evening.
Don't see it if You expect Broadway quality. This felt a bit amateur.
See it if The themes would be very meaningful to young marrieds who are making their way in the complex world of being a couple and being parents.
Don't see it if If you were a young adult in the 70's and 80's because you will know this story. Open marriages, alternate lifestyles and drugs are old hat.
Also There is some nudiity and explicit sexual references.