Primary Stages presents the NY premiere of this comedy in which three of history’s most famous men debate everything from religion to literature to marriage. More…
Thomas Jefferson (author of the Declaration of Independence), Charles Dickens (the man who brought us 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Oliver Twist'), and Count Leo Tolstoy (the epic Russian novelist of 'War and Peace' fame) are trapped in a limbo where each believes his path to salvation depends on convincing the other two that they are wrong. Tony-nominated director Kimberly Senior ('Disgraced') helms this battle of truly biblical proportions. Written by Scott Carter, the executive producer of 'Real Time with Bill Maher.'
See it if you're an academic fan of any of the three title characters, curious as to how playwright gets them together, like rambling conversations
Don't see it if if lengthy conversations often about nothing bore you, want historical figures to be more dynamic, want more than just a glimpse of them
See it if you like philosophical discussions. I found it excruciatingly dull and pompous. It's all talk, no plot, no character.
Don't see it if you can avoid it. Dull, pedantic, boring, repetitive.
See it if Interesting concept, good performances. Asks good questions about moral issues. Attractively and minimally staged
Don't see it if Makes you work a bit. Might not interest those bored by historical figures or the Gospels.
See it if you are a fan of either man, if you like shows that tickle your intellect, or if you like religious discussions. Minor weak slower parts.
Don't see it if you prefer shows with lighter themes, you do not like religious or introspective discourse or are not interested in either of these men.
See it if you enjoy an occasional cerebral workout tantamount to cramming for an exam. My mind felt so refreshed, like a breeze swept the cobwebs.
Don't see it if You don't want to think about the piece during the show, or after. While it's brief, if intellectual sparring is not for you, skip it.
See it if you enjoy being in a room listening to “intellectuals” one upping each other.
Don't see it if you were expecting a meeting of the minds coming together by means of some time and space continuum for the purpose to debate each others.
See it if you want an interesting intellectual discourse; the interplay between the titular characters is both funny and intelligent
Don't see it if you want action, realism, or a true plot
See it if you want to see a strange discussion of what the Bible should be as three writers of note babble all about it.
Don't see it if you don't like babbly plays that are nearly monologues.
See it if you like discourses and monologues on the bible and historical characters in odd situations.
Don't see it if you want to keep your opinions of the characters. if you don't like discussions of the bible.
See it if you want to brush up on your philosophical thought and be utterly at the mercy of the playwright who is 3 steps ahead of you at all times.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy a challenge to your train of thought or would feel better with a musical.
See it if You are given free tickets. It's not really worth paying. The incessant arguing onstage loses the audience quickly.
Don't see it if You don't mind ad nauseum existential arguments. Yawn.
See it if you want to see great men from history debate religion and the gospel.
Don't see it if you need big staging and action. This is literally three men, a table, and two chairs.
See it if you want to see a new and interesting side to people you've studied growing up; you are interested in academic theater
Don't see it if you want a play full of action rather than reflection; you know nothing about the three historical figures listed.
See it if enjoy hearing different views on how to live your life and how religion plays into your actions
Don't see it if you want an action play and can not sit through conversations alone.
See it if you'd like to learn more about three important historical figures and why their thoughts are still relevant today.
Don't see it if you can't handle some substance with your theater. It's not a fluffy evening.
See it if Ambitious,entertaining but also tendentious, maybe boring for sophisticated adults, but just the thing to turn on inquisitive high schoolers
Don't see it if If are impatient with academic debates, looking for action or substantive theological debate. Or for new light on the historical characters
See it if You enjoy learning about the lives of any of these men.
Don't see it if I was interested to see the personalities of these men, but their dialogue soon became tedious.
See it if You like any of these authors,are a fan of Biblical debates,don't know all that much about their personal lives
Don't see it if You don't like Biblical history, want an interesting storyline,
See it if a night of repartee and introspection are your speed. There are lofty topics that are discussed, but they're grounded with humor.
Don't see it if taking a deep dive into history and religion isn't your cup of tea (the title should let you know what you're in for).