Already closed | 1h 20m | Brooklyn

A Human Being Died That Night

From 4 member  reviews
Members say: Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

About the show

A white male assassin for the apartheid state is visited in prison by a black female psychologist. Critically acclaimed in South Africa and the UK, this powerful production has its US premiere at BAM. More…

Prime Evil is what South Africans call him. In Nicholas Wright’s play, based on the best-selling 2003 book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Eugene de Kock is visited in his prison cell by a black female psychologist to discern man from government-sanctioned monster. In an interrogation that moves from dispassionate to deeply intimate, a remorseful de Kock and his interlocutor negotiate a fraught emotional space in which fear and compassion coexist.

1h 20m | Already closed | BAM - Fishman Space (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (4)


Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing
Avg Score

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

See it if you want a play that causes you to think about race relations and history. It is wonderfully acted with a sparse but effective set.

Don't see it if you don't like plays based on history. Or travelling to Brooklyn.

Cliched, Edgy, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if A little bit of drama

Don't see it if Sad about the plot

Entertaining, Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you have an interest in major crime

Don't see it if you can't handle hearing victims recall or facing the reality of mass murder.

Absorbing, Great staging

See it if You are looking for some reflective theater...

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with heavy themes

May 31st, 2015
"Quietly gripping and superbly acted drama...'A Human Being Died That Night' is dense with details about the violent chaos that marked the final years of apartheid. It can at times feel like a dramatized history lesson. The central theme, the mystery of the banality of evil, has been delved into ...
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May 31st, 2015
"Enormously compelling...In light of the play’s importance, and its gripping story, it is barely relevant that as dramatic literature it feels slightly undernourished. In compressing the years of interviews, Wright has imposed a dramatic arc that fits a bit lumpily over the contours of the materi...
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June 1st, 2015
"Some of the best scenes, like the description of a bombing and an anecdote about headphones rigged to explode, are as suspenseful as mini-thrillers — which is saying something since the show consists of two people conversing around a table...The show isn’t about settling scores. Wright and direc...
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June 1st, 2015
"Some of the best political theater on earth is currently being written and produced in South Africa. 'A Human Being Died That Night' tackles the radioactive subject of apartheid-era counterinsurgency policeman Eugene de Kock, whose campaign of violence against antiapartheid activists earned him ...
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