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A Blanket of Dust

From 6 critic and 53 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the show

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.

Theatre Reviews Limited

“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

On Stage Blog

"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

Theatre is Easy

"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

Theater Pizzazz

"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

Theatre's Leiter Side

"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

New York Critic Blog

“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

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You hate what is going on in The White House. This play poignant , provocative and haunting.

Don't see it if You are extremely sensitive to suicide and/or 9/11 deaths.

Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant

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

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You're interested in stories about 9/11 that present many different points of view.

Don't see it if You want a happy-go-lucky play.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

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

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

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Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

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.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

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.

Great acting, Great writing, Intense

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Contrived

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).

Ambitious, Banal, Indulgent, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a play of ideas and some good acting

Don't see it if You mind polemical writing, quirky production values.

Also At the beginning, when I realized this was a 9/11 conspiracy play, I w... Read more Read less

Intense, Edgy

See it if Too long. No intermission.

Don't see it if People won’t be comfortable if they don’t have intermission.☹️

Antigone revisited, 9/11 revisited, Discomfitting, Thought-provoking, Intense

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

Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Slow

See it if you want to see a show with good writing; great acting and don't mind intense subject matter...

Don't see it if you don't like shows about 9/11...

Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Great acting, Dated

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

Also The play’s premise and theme are courageous but tries to cover too man... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intense

See it if Enjoy very intense, highly political shows about events in the recent past

Don't see it if Don’t want to watch shows dealing with 9/11 aftermath in either global or personal sense.

Clever, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if If you like plays and movies about conspiracy theory, if you want to investigate about a difficult topic.

Don't see it if If you hate politics, hard topics and conspiracy writing.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You're willing to explore conspiracy theories

Don't see it if 9/11 is a trigger for you or you're looking for something light

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want to see what grief and confusion can do to a person.

Don't see it if you want something less intense.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

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.

Moving, Intense, Confusing, Absorbing

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.

Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent, Intense, Profound

See it if your bag is 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Don't see it if your looking for a comedy or entertaining play.

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

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.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like plays about government conspiracy theories

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy convoluted plots

Cast & Creatives (20)