New York | 2h 15m | Ends Apr 14

Vilna

From 4 critic and 72 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant

About the show

"Vilna" tells the heroic story of Motke Zeidel and Yudi Farber, actual people who come of age in the remarkable city of Vilna during its degradation in the years before World War II and its destruction during the war. More…

As the home they knew collapses, going from vibrant metropolis to stifling ghetto and ultimately the Ponar killing pits, they face painful moral choices to save others while putting their own lives at risk.



90
Front Row Center

"'Vilna' is an emotionally draining depiction of atrocities for a human being to see, hear, and witness...It is rare to hear an audience gasp in New York City – especially in theatre. During a palpable, unexpected, and raw scene between German officers there was a collective gasp with one patron screaming out. Filing out of the theater Fuchs said, 'Please tell a friend, we can never forget.'" Full Review

85
DC Metro Theater Arts

“A potent story that is both devastating and didactic, portraying the worst and calling for the best in humankind...A compelling cast turns in deeply-affecting performances throughout the course of the story, with its ever-worsening circumstances and slowly-shifting tone...While it’s profoundly disturbing to watch ‘Vilna’ and its retelling of the inconceivable atrocities committed there, it’s important to remember what happened, and to ensure that it never happens again." Full Review

85
The Times of Israel

"Remarkable new play...Though it couldn’t have a broader mission statement — give the biography of a city over the course of two-and-a-half decades — it’s the mundane aspects of life that are recognizable touchpoints...If there’s a criticism I have of 'Vilna,' it’s that there are stretches where scenes feel more like beats on a historical timeline...'You must hear this story' could not be more true." Full Review

55
Theater Life

"An informative but rather static drama…The multipronged drama throws its net far too wide…Some of this is strong stuff. But the effect is more momentary than cumulative because the events are stretched out over so long a period of time. This robs the play of more than temporary intensity, as scene follows scene, with actors…dutifully carrying furniture on and off as quickly as possible while we wait...Eventually, the dramatic tension decreases instead of the opposite." Full Review


94
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Have little or no knowledge of anti-Semitism. Thought provoking-are you able to ask what would you have done in similar situation? An scri

Don't see it if Not interested in man’s inhumanity to man

Also I would have flashed the translation of the songs in English on the wa... Read more Read less

89
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like good theater based on real people & real happenings. A great cast with flawless light and sound on an interesting set transport you

Don't see it if you are troubled with the horror of the Holocaust, the mistreatment of people & the strain of relationships or the brief violence portrayed

87
Great staging, Profound, Intense, Masterful

See it if a story depicting Jews' experiences in Vilna during WWII is of interest The story is based on the true events which makes it very compelling

Don't see it if you are not interested in a Holocaust story,It is lengthy although there is some relief with singing,an innovative set and great acting!

79
Stagey, Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Enlightening historical drama of the intricacies of the dismantling, survival techniques, and the exterminating of innocent European Jews.

Don't see it if Somewhat stagey and overt, at times.

78
Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to better understand the events leading up to the Holocaust. if you want to think about how this could happen again

Don't see it if you are a Holocaust-denier

77
Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are interested in World War II and what the Jews sacrificed to survive. Great stage at a famous Church. Wonderful acting and writing.

Don't see it if You are only looking for mild entertainment. Also don’t see if you don’t want to be confronted with the darkness of humanity and violence.

65
Amateurish, Superficial characterizations, Sketchy dialog, Uneven acting, Covers crucial topic

See it if you desire to see shows about the holocaust, details about how it developed & can overlook "uneven" writing and acting.

Don't see it if you want in-depth characterizations and very realistic dialogue in a play about the holocaust.

95
Intense, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a beautifully written, wonderfully acted, riveting play that honors the heroes of the Vilna Ghetto.

Don't see it if You're really in the mood for Cats or Kinky Boots. This is a drama and portrays real characters at a dark time in our history.

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want an interesting, based on real events, story about hard choices, friendships, and compromise.

Don't see it if You are too young. Some language and real-world situations so leave the children at home.

Also Engaging actors, thoughtful set design, outfits, music and more. Not a... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you have a conscience, if you appreciate historical plays, if you want to think about the best and worst in people.

Don't see it if you only go to the theater for light entertainment

Also This simple but masterfully written, directed, acted, and staged play ... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested to learn about how some people kept their humanity and decency in spite of the barbarism of the Holocaust. Great lesson!

Don't see it if you are not interested in learning lessons from history, especially as dark a history as the Nazi rule of big parts of Europe!

Also This is an incredibly powerful play based on people who actually lived... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Exquisite, Profound, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You have any care for humanity.

Don't see it if If you are NOT a fan of Sophie’s Choice, Schindlers List, Exodus, The Great Escape or any other film/play that deal with human atrocities.

100
During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Masterful, Profound

See it if You care about brutality and its opposite and want to be deeply moved. Based on the truths of Vilna, a WW Ghetto, and truths of today.

Don't see it if If profound and provocative truths don’t appeal or you don’t like great writing, acting or history. Note: this is for ALL humankind..

100
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I did not know the unique story of Vilma ghetto, and in spite of the tragic subject matter I felt elevated by the human spirit.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the Holocaust

Also It is an outstanding work on the part of the author Ira Fuchs, directo... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Intense, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if I loved this play. You can never go wrong when selecting a holocaust film/play. This had me in edge of seat. Great singing and acting.

Don't see it if Holocaust topic turns you off. A small but adequate theater.

100
During previews
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a time in history that we should NEVER FORGET. It's a remarkable, powerful play I will always remember. Spread the word.

Don't see it if If you can't handle uncomfortable experiences then this may not be right for you. You can't leave the theater without being touched.

96
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to learn about another aspect of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes and ears of a survivor.

Don't see it if You can't climb stairs. You want a comedy.

Also The play deserves the standing ovation they got. The playwright's shor... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Riveting, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like hard-hitting drama based on real people and situations.

Don't see it if if it's too hard to watch a holocaust play

Also This play is powerful, relevant and extremely well acted and directed.... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Too long, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if About strength and struggle of the people who lived in Vilna with the Nazis destroying and killing.

Don't see it if Intense, this is not a light show.

Also Very moving show with a story that need to be told.

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

See it if Powerful, Real, Scene changes by actors perfectly executed, Disturbing Music so effective throughout the show. All 11 actors on target ALSO

Don't see it if 2 1/2 hours, Disturbing. Upsetting, Too many steps to get to the stage.Very disturbing. Reminder: Not a laugh in the show.

Also Lightning effective. Great opening and ending scene via the use of the... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in Holocaust history and an outstanding, haunting dramatization of events surrounding the demise of the Vilna ghetto.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment or want to escape reality through theater.

95
During previews
Excellent all around ensemble cast and technical elements, Straightforward and reflective of current political situations, Thought provoking

See it if you appreciate history and the importance of NOT repeating it. And if you appreciate good ensemble acting and well thought out technical.

Don't see it if If you are overwhelmed by the repression coming from our current Administration --

Also I am a war history buff so for me, this was important to see. And it w... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Vilna - a must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if ... you want to get a real understanding of what it was like to be a prisoner during the Holocaust and live to tell about it. Riveting.

Don't see it if .... you can't deal with Hitler's atrocities.

92
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play with a lot of substance and reflection.

Don't see it if If you don't like to see violence on stage.

92
During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Epic, Exquisite, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a powerful and balanced story of a difficult historical period

Don't see it if The Holocaust or onstage violence are triggers for you


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