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The Trial of Mrs. Surratt

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Great singing

About the show

“The Trial of Mrs. Surratt,” a new play with music, is an exploration of the lives of those infamously dubbed as the “Lincoln Conspirators.” More…

This play challenges audiences to examine this tale of American history from the perspective of its most misunderstood historical figures. Based on actual dinner table conversations, federal trials, and journal entries, the piece explores 1865 post-Civil War America in a way most have never imagined. All songs within the play are historic Civil War battle hymns. 

Member Reviews (19)


Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Great singing
Avg Score

Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You’re looking for a slow musical-play that’s a bit odd.

Don't see it if You’re looking for upbeat entertainment.

Elevated viewpoint of all characters on stage all the time, Focus shifts non-linearly from scene to scene, Fine ensemble acting, Historical base

See it if New words to old folk songs set stage for enactment of rush to the conviction and execution of woman who boarded John Wilkes Booth.

Don't see it if You don’t like experimental theatre with a beehive of activity at all times, sometimes confusing. You want an orderly linear plot.

Exquisite, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if great ensemble staging of intelligent work. great directorial concept, episodic staging really worked. actors really bought in and it paid.

Don't see it if out of the way theater in arts centre and worst of all, hardly any audience. i felt so bad for the actors. so this was depressing -- so go!

Intense, Excruciating, Dizzying, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if A historical play with music which plays with the facts with a large cast of committed performers is for you. Interesting, yet, not factual

Don't see it if Blatant disregard for transcripted history, inaccurately told would upset you.

Different, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if engaging - actors were focused and staging interesting and story compelling with music too

Don't see it if if you don't like period pieces about history

Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like historical dramas with large ensemble casts. You like plays with music. You can follow a semi-non-linear storyline.

Don't see it if Historical conspiracies don’t interest you. You want something fluffy. Non-linear storylines confuse you. 2 hour play w/o intermission

Also I was caught by surprise by this show. Everything about it was incredi... Read more Read less


See it if You like long historical pieces, like sloths and have good hearing. You want to see an interesting subject

Don't see it if You expect a well acted play with some female exceptions. Can’t sit 2 hours. Drums drowned out sound.

Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love historical drama...

Don't see it if You don’t like flash backs and historical drama...

Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a student of the Lincoln Assasination and the prosecution of the people accused of the deed.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy that era or the music and ambience of post civil war America.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy engaging shows about American history and political injustice

Don't see it if You don’t like fast paced theater, and unconventional staging

Enchanting, Great staging, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You can appreciate aesthetic mastery in theater and great acting to boot. The show has colorful characters that never stop story telling.

Don't see it if You're confused by unconventional theater. The show moves quickly and jumps all over the timeline. The staging is exciting but overwhelming.

Demeaning, Fluffy, Great staging, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You value aesthetic over depth. The lighting is fantastic, as is the use of negative space and shadow. The set design is very well done.

Don't see it if You are of color. This is written by white folks exclusively for white folks. They DID NOT have to use MAMMIE, but they CHOSE TO use MAMMIE.

Also Almost 100 years after Hattie McDaniel gave the segregated United Stat... Read more Read less

Riveting, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love civil war era music, great beards, and surprisingly relevant and compelling theater.

Don't see it if You don't like good theater.

Interesting, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Musicals and/or historical pieces intrigue you. This work offers some excellent moments of portraiture and multiple dimensions of action.

Don't see it if You need an intermission in a 1h50m show

Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if You loved absorbing, breathtaking, alive pieces of theatre like Once and The Old Man and The Old Moon, if you like foot-stomping music.

Don't see it if You dislike period plays, plays with music, or need tons of action.

Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love great story telling, great music, and talented actors giving their all to a beautifully done show.

Don't see it if you can not sit for 2 hours...

Also I loved the thought behind it all, the bare feet-resenting the disease... Read more Read less

Fresh, Must see, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you love Works that play with time. If you like history , contemporary music , innovative staging . Exciting movements.

Don't see it if You like classic , traditional theatre, or if you’re not open to new theatre styles.

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You want to see a creative show. The set was perfect. The acting excellent. Music and singing was fabulous. We all enjoyed the show.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a thought provoking and historical show.

Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy unique stories of history, bluegrass music, and a great ensemble of actors. The actors are incredible as individuals and as a unit

Don't see it if you cannot sit still for two hours - it is one act.

“The Trial of Mrs. Surratt” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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