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The Nuclear Plays

From 16 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

About the show

This new drama explores nuclear conflict and its aftermath through a series of short pieces that mix tragic, comedic, and documentary styles. Part of the 2018 Planet Connections Festivity. More…

A nuclear device explodes at Madison Square Park. Six college students, rehearsing at The Clemente Center, must grapple with the terror of what for them is an unknown horror. 'The Nuclear Plays' imagines the sobering consequences of nuclear war and its aftermath for a world that has largely forgotten the dangers of the ultimate conflict. A project commissioned by the Reinventing Civil Defense Project to educate the public about nuclear risk.

“The Nuclear Plays” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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

See it if You enjoy a show with deep emotional portrayals of a wide variety of characters, as well as refreshing comedic moments.

Don't see it if You dislike small theatres.

Also This cast brings a new and exotic take on one of the more underrated p... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if good acting and a period, classical peice.

Don't see it if classical is not your cup of tea!

Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like a piece that takes a diverse approach - comic, serious - to a difficult subject.

Don't see it if The theater is uncomfortable (folding chairs).

Funny, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want young adults view of the seriousness of the nuclear situation - local, nationally and world-wide. Lots of message here, some humor.

Don't see it if you want a complete review of the subject. As indicated this is a series of short skits, some related, some not, by an energetic cast.

Informative, Limited, Earnest, Political

See it if you'd like to see a sometimes effective piece of info-theater on the ongoing dangers of nuclear weapons.

Don't see it if you have an allergy to theater that earnestly espouses a cause.

Also “The Nuclear Plays” shuffles together several short scenes from a few ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to support young actors making a point about nuclear annihilation

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with seeing a satirical view about the end of the human race

Also I believe the intent was to propagate the work through our secondary s... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You enjoy an amateur production on the theme of nuclear war that tries to do a lot an achieves very little

Don't see it if You expect a high caliber of writing or acting and expect to be moved or gain some new insight.

Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if You want to see six young actors playing multiple roles

Don't see it if You are expecting a play that focuses on one story involving a nuclear attack

Also Everything about this production is bad. It would have been interestin... Read more Read less


See it if You are excited by twists in plot. Have in interest in nuclear war.Appreciate a young cast.

Don't see it if You want a consistent story line. This was a mishmosh of facts times and storylines.

Also Was excited to see this play. But unfortunately was disappointed becau... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate a well written and thoughtful production. A great vehicle for young actors.

Don't see it if You don’t like to think about important issues.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if u want 2 refresh your memory of these real events and learn more from a totally different perspective and with new info not known to many.

Don't see it if you have no interest in what this world went thru either from man-made events or natural disasters (tsunami)

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing


Don't see it if You don't wish to change the world

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You want to be reminded of why we need to pay attention to our nuclear weapons and if you want like to be entertained by vibrant energetic

Don't see it if You feel you already know everything there is about nuclear accidents.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like to have a laugh, and/or also learn something from what you watch. The actors all obviously love what they’re doing, and it shows.

Don't see it if You’re expecting some broadway hoity toity prim proper acting. It’s a 6 person play, people.

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if interested in Nuclear attack, history and world events. Tragic yet hilarious!

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. A lot to take in! If you don’t enjoy Plays in non-chronological order.

Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant

See it if You like to see theatre that makes you think and pushes you to see things in a different way. You like shows that are impactful in 70mins

Don't see it if You can't handle being forced to think and pay attention during a show.

Also It's helpful before seeing the show to know at least this much: "This ... Read more Read less

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