The Winning Side
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The Winning Side

The Winning Side NYC Reviews and Tickets

(68 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (68)

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70 Reviews | 7 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are interested in topics of morality / ethics. you are interested in history. You appreciate complex character depictions

Don't see it if moral messages annoy you. You see the world in black and white and don't want to be challenged on that

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
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.

63 Reviews | 22 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Even though this is a Nazi story it is so very relevant to today's political and social issues. The quandary of career choices vs moral

Don't see it if If you don't like being challenged. If you aren't interested in history or serious social issues

87 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Absorbing historical drama; explores big moral & political questions...and lies. Well written & acted. Loved post show discussion.

Don't see it if Not interested in history?

137 Reviews | 13 Followers
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) Read more

332 Reviews | 41 Followers
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. Read more

1167 Reviews | 464 Followers
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.

146 Reviews | 34 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (9)

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...There is room for growth and tightening - indeed it begins to feel long though nothing is out of place - but in the end it tells a fascinating story and provides an excellent, poignant evening of theatre.”
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New York Stage Review
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...Although some of the dialogue is cumbersome and that bogus romance at the play’s core is pretty risible, Wallert at least manages to present an interesting depiction of von Braun’s American times."
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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 in an era when truth counts for so little and men of morality are all the more valuable."
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October 8th, 2018

"Russell's high tech production is in keeping with the pivotal character's career and enables the script's structural logistics to work fluidly...The script calls for von Braun to be a persuasive charmer as well as a morally weak, arrogant opportunist; since Sullivan Jones plays up von Braun's charm side, it's not all that easy to relate to him...Simmons is excellent and often amusing as Colonel Taggart...That said, the scenes between the lovers are somewhat repetitious."
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Theater Pizzazz
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 year…'The Winning Side' is on the winning side in questioning a scientist's moral responsibility for the results of his activity."
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Front Row Center
October 9th, 2018

“Epic Theater Ensemble worked with a team of students, artists, and researchers at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to develop this piece...What results is something thought-provoking, educational, and entertaining...The diverse cast...brought charm, humanity and turmoil to the characters’ conflicts and passions...This piece does an amazing job of posing the questions and encouraging the conversation and discourse that Epic Theater is hoping will accompany it.”
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
October 9th, 2018

"Nothing can capture the essence of his story better than the immortal satirical lyrics of Tom Lehrer...By means of the acting and the writing, von Braun is given a demeanor that undercuts the level of condemnation that his critics have felt...Russell handles the different time elements smoothly, and stresses salient parts of the story."
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City Cabaret
October 17th, 2018

"A fictionalized account of the complex von Braun story...It is an overstuffed story in a minimalist color-blind production, speeding along at a sensible pace by director Russell, with time playing forward...and backward...Portraying von Braun is Jones, an imposing militaristic man, poised and charming, yet Jones, with all his moods of pride and passion, comes off as rather chilly. Two other characters who are not given enough depth to be portrayed full.”
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