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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

Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Boring,

See it if Don't see it.

Don't see it if Just don't. Read the book.

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Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Great projections. Background on former Nazi Wernher von Braun after WWII. He and other Nazi German scientists were given a

Don't see it if Clunky play. Bad acting. Making any Nazi look charming and sympathetic would be as repugnant to you as it was to me.

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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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