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The Winning Side

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Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant

About the show

This new drama explores the whitewashed history behind America’s 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, including the critical role of Nazi SS Officer Wernher von Braun, who built the V-2 for Hitler. More…

As the preeminent face and voice of space exploration on television during the 1950's and 60's, von Braun was one of the most famous men in the world. But because of his complicated legacy, he's largely been left out of the history books. "The Winning Side" is an accessible theatrical experience for audiences of all ages that re-examines this forgotten figure of the space race, and asks challenging questions about our contemporary views of science, technology, politics, and ethics. 

Member Reviews (68)


Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant
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Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like smart well done shows that tackle a serious multi faceted subject and break it down into an entertaining easy to understand story.

Don't see it if You’re looking for fluff or mindless entertainment. You’re in serious danger of learning something if you see this.

Great acting, Entertaining, History, Slow, Interesting

See it if Part of history, the race to the moon. How we got there.

Don't see it if Some of the actors have an accent. Nazi/WWll.

Also Deals with American letting space scientists come here to get us to th... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Slow, Needs work, Ambitious

See it if Sullivan Jones' charisma carries the play; interesting use of the stage with minimal sets; interesting topic but poorly structured.

Don't see it if you are looking for depth rather than breath; the story is a good one though diluted with too much nonsense; writing could be better.

Also For me, Melissa Friedman is a distraction as she overacts throughout t... Read more Read less

Good story. well done.

See it if You appreciate a historical story well told.

Don't see it if You don’t like stories based on true WW II events.

Great acting, Confusing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in history of the 20th century.

Don't see it if You’re looking for amusemenr

Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You are interested at the ethics of science and politics or if you are a fan of The Apollo program and its secrets.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in Nazis, ethics, science, politics or The Apollo program.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Historical

See it if you like history and exploring the ethics behind some of the greatest accomplishments

Don't see it if you are in the mood for a fun show.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if See this long play if you are interested in the intricacies of the development of the V2 missile , atomic bomb and a love story in the mix.

Don't see it if Expect a well written and fast-moving play.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You want to see a play about a historical event surrounding the Apollo moon landing and some of the folks behind the scenes.

Don't see it if You are not interested in historical events. You take offense to hearing about a Nazi officer Wernher von Braun and his role in this story.

Also I found the story line interesting and well done. I enjoyed the play a... Read more Read less

Relevant, Interesting, Excellent acting, Thought-provoking, A bit confusing

See it if you like plays about moral dilemmas, biography, political expediency and WWII aftermath with very fine acting.

Don't see it if you are dislike aspects of WWII history, thinking about moral dilemmas that people and governments have to face & frequent time changes.

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to see an interesting drama about the genius of Werner von Braun.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a drama about the scientist who helped create the B2 rocket that was used to kill 20,000 people.

Also Werner von Braun also helped put Neil Armstrong on the moon.

Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows with historical prospective. Interesting how the need for military technology makes for 'strange bedfellows.'

Don't see it if you don't like slow shows. It makes interesting points, but drags on and on along the way.

Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if like plays based on the history of war and science and the ethical conflicts that are sometimes covered up.

Don't see it if you have strong feelings about any character involved with the German Nazis who worked for the winning side on the Apollo mission.

Also I liked this play. The staging was interesting and effective. I enjoye... Read more Read less

Overambitious, Time-hopping structure defuses drama, Fact/fiction mix doesn't illuminate

See it if vonBraun is a new to you (ignore the laughable wartime romance scenes); conflicting demands of science, ethics & patriotic duty interest you

Don't see it if you're impatient with a Wikipedia-like marshalling of facts masquerading as drama

Also Play exhausts by the sheer amount of information it attempts to convey... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Rocket science 101, Based on real events + fiction, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in how Nazi officer Wernher von Braun developed rockets & spacecraft & eventually put USA astronauts on the moon in 1969

Don't see it if you are turned off by any person or project advanced via a collaboration with Hitler & The Third Reich; you are offended by moral turpitude

Also Tom Lehrer's song lyrics about Nazi officer Wernher von Braun are amus... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Dated, Slow, Confusing

See it if You enjoy a bit of history. The actors do a great job.

Don't see it if Like comedies and musicals

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You like a well acted play with a plot based on historical events

Don't see it if You prefer a musical

Great, moving theater dealing with important historical, political and moral questions, well acted and very well-staged. not to be missed.

See it if Great acting illuminates a dark moment in American history with considerable theatrical flair.

Don't see it if you watch a lot of sit-coms and don't care much about history.

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense

See it if a semi-biographic drama about the Nazi turned US citizen Werner von Braun would be of interest to you

Don't see it if History and two hours of tedious theater is not what you are in the mood for

Also The story is a bit slow and dragged out, but I liked it as the actors ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Interesting, intelligent, profound, relevant

See it if you want to learn more about Werner Von Braun and be entertained while also thinking

Don't see it if you want a fluffy tale, this is not about a moon landing Hoax, but rather the character of the man behind our missile to the moon program

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

See it if You enjoy history, space related stories, Germans and life’s challenges with love

Don't see it if You want a light or big production

Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you are interested in truth in history.

Don't see it if you really prefer light musicals (I do - but I enjoyed this show)

Also Almost Broadway quality

The personal, ethical and political failure surrounding the rocket-scientist werner von braun. well-written and acted by four very talented players.

See it if you are interested in how a scientist allowed people to be worked to death doing his research on rocket-ships for Nazi Germany.

Don't see it if political theater is not your cup of tea.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Some good, some bad

See it if you are interested in Wernher von Braun, or the US space program; or plays about the ethical decisions govts must make for the common good.

Don't see it if you are expecting a big cast, fast paced drama (this isn't); you don't like non-linear story line (the story, here,was somewhat disjointed.)

Also I had high hopes for this show as a someone who had studied the origin... Read more Read less


See it if you want a portrait of a man of ambition and no scruples, managing his reputation.

Don't see it if Hearing him deny ever seeing the deaths of 20,000 of the people forced into slave labor for his project will disgust you.

Also You may be most disturbed by our country's importing these monsters an... Read more Read less

October 12th, 2018
"The play never forces an opinion on the viewer, rather it presents moral arguments from both sides...Wallert's text would risk falling flat...without the excellent company of actors bringing it to life...Russell’s direction could perhaps be stronger but effectively gets the message across...Ther...
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October 8th, 2018
"The vast amount of historical exposition, the development of characters, and the moral judgment that are necessary to achieve such a play as this one successfully would challenge Tom Stoppard, let alone a first-time playwright. And Wallert tries to accomplish all of this with only four actors......
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October 11th, 2018
"Though the program notes indicate that the play 'is a work of dramatic fiction and liberties have been taken,' 'The Winning Side' does show us a genius at work who was also an opportunist and changed his stories depending on what suited the occasion. As such it has become relevant all over again...
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October 8th, 2018
"A deeply interesting if occasionally stumbling dramatization of von Braun's complicated life and enormous achievements…The play…must cover a lot of historical ground...Wallert uses the clunky device of jumping back and forth between 1943 and 1969, using a projected time line to let us know the y...
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