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New York | 1h 25m | In Previews: Opens Feb 06

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine

From 13 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the show

Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III has radically re-imagined this provocative piece of theater created from the actual court transcripts of the Catonsville Nine trial. More…

It is 1968 and the war is raging in Vietnam. A draft card is viewed by many as a death certificate. In the midst of a divided country, with corrosive mistrust in government and authority, nine would-be bystanders in Catonsville, Maryland decide that complacency is complicity — it is time for action. Their single act of conscience to halt the draft awakens a national resistance.    

This production is produced in partnership with the National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO). 


“The Trial of the Catonsville Nine” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

95
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if Theater In the round done expertly. Great acting by David Huynh and Eunice Wong. Approx. 70 seats make one a part of the show. see also

Don't see it if One has to adjust to the 3 actors playing all of the roles, the 9 accused and the lawyers and judges.Only 90 minutes. See also

Also Daniel Berrigan lives again, Fascinating play. Take a tour of Abron Ar... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You’re a history buff, specifically the Vietnam War, and interested in non-traditional shows (both in structure and presentation).

Don't see it if You don’t like extremely intimate shows or politics.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if An intense play with multiple roles played by just three amazing actors. Recounts historical events but in an engaging, relevant narrative.

Don't see it if You don't like serious plays nor want to be challenged by what happens in real life and in our society.

Also Definitely observe and look at the set after the plays ends. ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Profound, Resonant

See it if The retelling of a historical trial in the round, where actors shift position and role, where you sit on the stage amidst the action.

Don't see it if Very profound and moving recreation of a piece of history not known to everyone. A little confusing as three actors play nine plus roles.

Also You can't doze off in this profound play, as you must concentrate full... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Riveting, Slow burn, Great writing/testimony

See it if Steely, unshakeable testimony re civil disobedience and what’s just vs. what’s legal. Real ppl determined not to repeat mistakes of the past

Don't see it if you dislike transcripts as playscripts, nonfiction, anti-war protest; find the 60’s interesting only for the drugs, sex, & excess.

Also Seat tip: This is in the round, but the best seats are along the long ... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Great acting, Gripping, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Creatively staged

See it if you want riveting piece re: role and power of civil disobedience in a democracy. Three actors superbly play all roles in Vietnam-era trial.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to grapple with complex social & political issues. Powerful & intense. Creative staging at times confusing or slow.

86
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, All asian cast

See it if Amazing all Asian actors for a less known anti Vietnam War protest/court trial and why they object the war killings Americans and Asians.

Don't see it if Vietnam War or burning draft cards are triggering. Dislike anti-war protestors or historical / civil rights plays.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great timing

See it if You enjoy non-linear theater & ensemble pieces, you want to learn about or are interested in the Vietnam war, you enjoy strong acting

Don't see it if You can't sit still in uncomfortable seating (church pews), you get distracted by fully lit theater in the round

84
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Historically based, Powerful and impactful drama

See it if Three actors portray judge, prosecutor, defender, and 9 defendants, antiwar activists who opposed the inhuman War in Vietnam.

Don't see it if You think every order of a president is lawful. Don’t forget the determined and dedicated action it took to bring Vietnam War to an end.

Also At the end, nine desk lamps remain illuminating folders that commemora... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Powerful, Wordy

See it if You're interested in a Vietnam War protest with themes that resonate with current protests. Educational but not heavy-handed. Very moving.

Don't see it if Taken mainly from court documents, it's somewhat text-heavy, but beautifully staged and acted. 8-10 minutes from the nearest subway.

78
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Slow

See it if You like historical drama about protests during the Vietnam war done in a poetically simple way

Don't see it if You don’t like wordy minimalist subtlety nuanced productions that pack a powerful punch

69
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Relevant, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like small cast/multi-character productions and non-linear storytelling. If you like parallels drawn between Vietnam war modern times

Don't see it if you like clear "who is playing who" direction or don't like descriptions of violence or war.

50
During previews
Epic, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy docu-drama and actors fluidly moving between parts.

Don't see it if You want theatre that points out the challenges from the past we continue to face and DOESN'T provide a suggestion of what to do.


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