This world premiere political thriller centers around a woman whose husband was killed in the World Trader Center on 9/11, and traces the ordeal she goes through while seeking justice for his murder. More…
On the morning of 9/11, Diana Crane, the daughter of a ranking US Senator, gets a farewell phone call from her husband trapped in Tower 1, just as it collapses. Diana is tortured by the evidence that the Towers seemed to fall identically, with their remains suggesting they were intentionally demolished. Follow her as she pursues the most powerful people in Washington for answers to her husband's death, only to learn that the government for the people, by the people...may not actually be for the people.
“Under Murrah’s deft direction, Pierce leads a brilliant ensemble cast whose intricate conflicts drive a mysterious and often challenging plot with enough twists and turns to keep the audience members in suspense and keenly aware of their own political commitments and doubts. Each member of the cast stands out in delivering multi-layered, authentic, and believable performances...Be prepared to have...opinions questioned and loyalties deeply challenged.” Full Review
"While I’m personally not a believer in the conspiracy theories that are delved into in this play, I do admire the way in which it deals with topics of government corruption and suppression of free speech...I felt a piece like this deserved a stronger ensemble. Not that it’s the worst I’ve seen, but still, I couldn’t help but leave the theater feeling rather underwhelmed...I think this play still deserves to be seen by theatergoers, due to the conversation it’s bound to spark among audience m... Full Review
"Squires's writing is at times excellent, with some compelling scenes of dialogue, especially those in which two characters speak from the heart. And these scenes are helped by some strong acting...Yet the script is also where the show struggles—there is a lack of nuance in character and arguments...While I think 'A Blanket of Dust' raises topical questions for our current political world, it lacks some subtlety, which left me feeling a little spoon-fed." Full Review
"Squires’ drama fails to make a cogent case for its hypothesis. It rambles, repeats, and even contradicts itself. Starts on a strong dramatic note...Murrah’s direction is cohesive, but cohesion is hardly enough to make this drama work. The play’s seriousness and misguided idealism weigh heavy. Fraser’s Vanessa and Andrew’s fleeting whimsy are the only hints of levity, and they’re just not enough to deflate 'A Blanket of Dust’s' self-importance." Full Review
"Apart from the play's first few minutes, the poignancy of that proximity quickly fades as the action devolves into an implausible drama based on a questionable argument and filled with sturm und drang…Once the…central question is established, it fails to develop in a sufficiently compelling way, going over and over the same thing...Andrew and Diane's fates seem more like dramatic contrivances than organic necessities, making it impossible to either sympathize with or condone their choices." Full Review
“Squires keeps his script lean...The characters have no identity aside from their attitudes toward the issue, aside from the sketchy romance. There’s no particularization...Unfortunately, this style makes the play less a drama than a mere argument...The director, Christopher Murrah, has picked up on the polemic and directed his actors to YELL in nearly every scene...We soon grow tired of this - worse, annoyed.” Full Review
See it if Great cast of Broadway veterans. Poignant, fast-paced, liberal woman vs conservatives, fun Osama rap/dance, even rear nudity shown.
Don't see it if You don't appreciate an extremely well-acted drama (95 min). If the first few minutes which depicts tragedy during phone call will alarm you
See it if You like good acting and intense writing- this was my first 9/11 conspiracy play- so I learned alot.You like to see action taken i/o denial
Don't see it if You don't like plays about 9/11, or conspiracy plays, or characters making desperate choices
See it if Great dramatic story with great pacing. and great acting! Clever staging and writing with pops of color. Thought-Provoking
Don't see it if you don't want to hear anything more about 9-11. This is a very interesting and different take on the subject.
See it if You like political thrillers & stories about government coverups. Fast paced & fun w/ a GREAT cast. Brings up interesting points re: 9/11
Don't see it if You don't want to see a show set around the events and aftermath of 9/11.
See it if Straining credulity, this play is a must see not because it is convincing, but because it crawls into the mind of a 9/11 widow.
Don't see it if Even if you are insulted by conspiracy theorists, see it for the acting and great venue alone.
See it if Although I do not believe that there was any conspiracy involved with 9/11, the intense acting/writing involved with this play made me angry
Don't see it if you do not want to be reminded of the horrors of 9/11
See it if You're looking for some good acting, staging and an absorbing plot.
Don't see it if You want 3D characters (the characters are plot devices) and consistency throughout (the unexplained rap in the middle is nonsense).
See it if patience to listen to "other" theories of 9/11, willing to re-open the topic, worry about loss of freedoms & why, brave enuf 2 witness it
Don't see it if closed mind about possibility, dislike inconvenient evidence, cannot bear 2 think about 9/11, have no empathy 4 survivors. dislike agit prop
See it if you appreciate complex, fact-dense political drama expressing a controversial and generally discredited theory of 9/11 and subsequent events
Don't see it if you prefer light themes or musicals, issues and relationships resolved, and more plot than rhetoric, or cannot sit 90 mins. without interval
See it if You are interested in government deception and corruption or conspiracy theories. You enjoy good acting.
Don't see it if You don't want to be reminded of our nation's greatest tragedy. You want light entertainment.
See it if you're interested in conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11. Well-researched play that raises real-life questions through a fictional story.
Don't see it if revisiting 9/11 is upsetting for you. First half moves slowly and poor direction of actors in some scenes with talented cast overacting.
See it if You want a well-acted story about the questions and conspiracy theories regarding 9/11. An overly large cast does well with flat characters.
Don't see it if You are triggered by references to 9/11 or suicide, you don't tolerate conspiracy theories, or if you want well-rounded characters.
See it if you still have questions, are open to conspiracy possibilities, or want to review how peoples lives were affected after 9/11.
Don't see it if you are bothered by reliving the event and the after affects.
See it if You are a conspiracy theorist, you want to revive memories of 9/11 and relish the exploration of possible anomalies in history.
Don't see it if You are impatient with the over-emotional and obsessional reaction to a disaster and the paranoia it can engender.
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