A Human Being Died That Night
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A Human Being Died That Night

A Human Being Died That Night NYC Reviews and Tickets

(4 Ratings)
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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.

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154 Reviews | 20 Followers
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.

6 Reviews | 0 Followers
Cliched, Edgy, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if A little bit of drama

Don't see it if Sad about the plot

1 Review | 1 Follower
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.

1 Review | 1 Follower
Absorbing, Great staging

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

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

Critic Reviews (30)

The New York Times
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 many times before...But even the occasional awkward passage doesn’t detract from the emotional impact. "
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 material. There are a few too many lines like 'the difference between good and evil is only paper thin,' and surprisingly little psychology for a play about a psychologist."
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New York Post
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 director Jonathan Munby explore truth-digging as a necessary step on the way to national reconciliation, and you can see their point in the grand scheme of things."
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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 the nickname 'Prime Evil.' The play is simultaneously astute and emotional, without devolving into sentimentality. That turns out to be an ideal mix for examining a fraught subject like this one."
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Blog Critics
June 3rd, 2015

"Powerful, superbly acted...Wright’s script, Jonathan Munby’s direction, and two actors of great subtlety and range turn this story into a fascinating dual portrait for the stage."
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Broadway Black
June 3rd, 2015

"A gripping post-apartheid drama...The play has a running time of 80 minutes but in that tiny slice of time you can truly see the unfolding of five years of what I dare to call an intimate relationship play out."
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February 28th, 2014
For a previous production

"'A Human Being Died That Night,' under the direction of Jonathan Munby, offers a rare, perfect theatrical experience...His manipulation of the rhythms of the play is flawless. The 80-minute running time goes by so quickly and the experience is so immersive that emerging from the theatre into the real world feels almost like a transgression in itself. Munby's work is that of a consummate artist. The performances are electric...Provocative, intelligent and cathartic."
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Exeunt Magazine
June 21st, 2014
For a previous production

"The pace is fast and proceedings interesting to watch, in spite of the fact that you are essentially looking at two people sitting and talking for over an hour, one of them literally chained to his seat. It’s a tense, pared-back piece of drama, and although it sometimes demands of its audience a more in-depth knowledge of South African history, the themes are universal."
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