War Words
Closed 1h 35m
War Words
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War Words NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(34 Ratings)
Positive
88%
Mixed
6%
Negative
6%
Members say
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent

About the Show

A new docu-play about war experiences and sacrifices with accounts from the Afghanistan & Iraq wars.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (34)

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713 Reviews | 402 Followers
95
Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if This powerful, moving & authentic play should skip Off-Broadway & go directly to Broadway! Bravo!!

Don't see it if Absolutely no negative comments.

61 Reviews | 10 Followers
90
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in historical stories of members of the US armed forces. The show was well acted and executed.

Don't see it if the subject matter is too heavy for you

1122 Reviews | 324 Followers
90
Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to understand what it means to serve in the military-here a dozen characters relate stories on a variety of recent experiences .

Don't see it if if you do not want to hear real stories that do not have happy endings or you want a traditional play. Loud noises can shock or trigger some

79 Reviews | 18 Followers
89
Intelligent, Great writing, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you work with vets, know vets, or want to know more about their stories-- this was profound, very true to life, and gave great insight

Don't see it if you are triggered by discussion of war, moral injury, PTSD

752 Reviews | 145 Followers
89
Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Thur the words of veteran's true events they had.

Don't see it if Want a fast and alot going on stage show.

269 Reviews | 81 Followers
88
Enlightening, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want to know those who serve in the military a little better and what they have been asked to do. Its from their hearts. Powerful

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy monologues. I wanted to experience the deeper connection between the veterans on the stage more than what was offered.

89 Reviews | 8 Followers
83
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a well acted and well staged production. The writing, lighting, and cast were outstanding. I found it moving.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy stories of war and violence

394 Reviews | 34 Followers
83
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if you want to get a better understanding of what our military experiences.

Don't see it if you want to see a light hearted play.

Critic Reviews (5)

Theatermania
November 14th, 2023

“The stories and insights revealed in this docudrama are vital and ought to be heard far and wide...No matter whether you’re a die-hard neoconservative or a stalwart peace activist, it’s important to remember that, until the killer robots arrive, actual human beings fight America’s wars. Their perspectives need to be heard now more than ever, especially as the number of veterans in the decision-making class diminishes, and social media memes replace real experience in the room where it happens.”
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Lighting & Sound America
November 15th, 2023

“It's a stunning group portrait, each person's story filled with details that place him or her on a set of coordinates not found on the current map of red-vs.-blue conflicts. Some of them enlisted to escape home lives marked by poverty and/or emotional chaos. Others wanted to finance their college educations. Still others -- quite a few, in fact -- were motivated to act after the events of 9/11. It's safe to say that none were ready for what they would find overseas; each account is different, and each is fascinating.”
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Talkin' Broadway
November 14th, 2023

" 'War Words' offers an important reminder of the sacrifices that the few, the proud, and the faithful make for the other 99 percent of us. If the play is not as wholly successful as one would hope, ultimately, the production reveals that when it comes to war, words are just not enough."
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Front Row Center
November 15th, 2023

“This is a majestic ensemble work; words, direction, acting, choreography, and lighting congealing to enhance the stories but never overpower their truths...You may or may not have served, but for both this presentation is for you, and even more so with the wars we now face. Afterwards, it will require something of you. It will require you to examine yourself, to reach out to all those around you, and to touch all that you love. It is a must-see.”
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Off Off Online
November 15th, 2023

“ ‘War Words’, assembled by Michelle Kholos Brooks from the words of some dozen veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, is simplicity itself, and all the stronger for it. The show thrusts the audience into combat and its devastating aftereffects. You may quibble here and there with the presentation and the choices of what’s included and what isn’t, but it’s unlikely that you’ll leave A.R.T./New York unmoved.”
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