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The Winning Side

From 68 member  reviews
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

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

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.

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.

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


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

Ambitious, Confusing, Clever, Absorbing, Edgy

See it if you like a great production

Don't see it if you feel overwhelmed with too much data

During previews
Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Amateurish

See it if Show drops or improves the very bad accents. Lead excessively stiff and wooden. Only female lead believable- she deserves better.

Don't see it if Dislike that a potentially interesting story is poorly told. Jumping back and forth in time is confusing and serves no purpose. Bad acting

Also Unnecessary savaging of historic characters for no purpose. Accents so... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're willing to sit through a missed opportunity. The play starts off with such promise and loses engine thrust.

Don't see it if you're not willing to accept drawbacks, i.e., casting choices, nonlinear storytelling, etc.

Also Lots of preparatory research went into this play. However, some other ... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You like learning about US willingness to bring 1500 Nazis to US postwar to help us in research and the Apollo program

Don't see it if You will be bothered by poor accents and a silly love affair instead of the moral quandary of using Nazis to further our space program

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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