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The Long Rail North (Soho Playhouse)

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Members say: Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the show

“The Long Rail North” is the story of Private Thomas Morgan, a Black Union soldier who must escape by train with Molly, a 12 year old Southern White girl who he rescued from a plantation fire. More…

Exhausted with limited resources and even fewer allies, Thomas continues traveling north in a near-empty boxcar, hoping to get Molly to safety despite her ignorant and preconceived opinions of him and his race, all while both Union and Confederate forces pursue them. He must do whatever he can to protect matter the cost.

Member Reviews (17)


Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Absorbing, Intelligent
Avg Score

Earnest, Amateurish, Weak script, Disappointing, Little historical value

See it if you're fascinated by everything re: the Civil War and are forgiving of deep script flaws (characters, plot, message). Inconsistent acting.

Don't see it if you expect polished theater in NYC. This is not even close.

Clear, Uneven, Powerful, Contrived, Thoughtful

See it if you would like to see a play about slavery in the US that is also something of a thriller.

Don't see it if you have no tolerance for plot contrivances, even when skillfully deployed.

Also I accepted the many plot contrivances of “THE LONG RAIL NORTH” because... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting

See it if An unexpected thought provoking work. Hope that it continues. Audience seemed to agree with us, Xavier Rodney and Anna Hogan were super.also

Don't see it if The set is minimal but at a larger site much can be added ???? I wondered why Private Morgan did not wear remains of his Northern uniform

Also Costumes were almost perfect. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you would enjoy a story of the south during the Civil War that takes on issues of race, privilege, slavery and lawlessness w/a twisting plot

Don't see it if bare bones staging and the constant roar of a moving train would irk you. Some of the dialog is lost with soft voices and the acting varies.

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You like stories about the past in contemporary language. You enjoy plays about historical events.

Don't see it if You dislike an ironic tone and/or melodramatic plot twists. You don't want to heat any racial slurs, even in historical context.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if Civil war time, most take place on a train.

Don't see it if Some of the language is of civil war time. On stage is only two wood boxes.

Also You hear the train so you know they are on the train. I found the 12 o... Read more Read less

Cliched, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in Civil War stories or the black experience

Don't see it if violence or racial epithets are triggers for you

Slow, Full of cliches, Overrated

See it if You like historical plays that concern the Underground Railroad and/or Civil War, believe love conquers all, and and don't mind slow action.

Don't see it if You are tired of plays about despicable racist attitudes and/or dislike flubbed lines, w/ some mediocre acting. Play needs better editing.

Also I saw some good reviews of prior performances, and as a result was qui... Read more Read less

Great acting, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You want a study of racism with a journey with a likeable hero and a disgusting villain that at times is intense.

Don't see it if You mind historical issues, problematic casting and characters and long racist rants that don’t really move the plot.

Also The problematic casting is Miss Morgan who does nothing wrong, but thi... Read more Read less

Cliched, Fluffy, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if You like plays about historical drama, racial issue, especially about slavery,

Don't see it if You are not a fan of small theater, barebone stage, small cast, racial referral bothers you.

Also This show was promising but there were so many flaws, the lead was ok ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in a play about how Blacks must have felt during the Civil War mistreated by Southerners and even Union soldiers.

Don't see it if you are not interested in history or can not handle harsh realities depicted in a play but prefer pure light entertainment.

Also We were absorbed by this play, hoping that Thomas would eventually suc... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Excruciating, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you like historical plays and can handle an accurate portrayal of slavery in America

Don't see it if you would not like an implausible tale, set in 1863, during the Civil War, and that was filled with violence and portrayed bigotry and hate

Also Five actors did the best with what was written. The story kept evolvin... Read more Read less

Cliched, Funny, Slow, Dated, Excruciating

See it if You want to support a new playwright and enjoy the civil war period pieces

Don't see it if Support new playwrights

Interesting, historical, amateurish

See it if your interest in the Civil War outweighs your need for polished theater.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy theater that's a bit rough around the edges.

Also It was an interesting concept and as a supporter of new talent I reall... Read more Read less

Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Potential, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in a thought-provoking play about race relations, different perspectives, and misconceptions.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing a script in development. Great potential just needs to get it's point across in a less didactic way.

Relevant, Slow, Confusing

See it if you enjoy a stories of the South during the Civil War with lots of twists and turns on issues of race, privilege and slavery

Don't see it if you are a playwright that's not interested in seeing a script in development, there is potential here

Disappointing, Didactic, Contrived, Inconsistent acting, Sometimes amateurish writing

See it if A moving performance by Rodney which, however excellent, could not rescue this mediocrity

Don't see it if The rest of the actors ranged from staggeringly bad to workmanlike; an adult playing a 12-year old didn’t work; having anyone behave...

Also childishly, even apparently cheerfully, after being told her entire fa... Read more Read less

October 15th, 2018
for a previous production “A Civil War story in which people care for others in a way that transcends political and other allegiances...The action of this play exists in a space where people from different sides of this polarizing conflict can have mind-altering conversations...This play turns the typical heroic melodrama...
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