Barabbas NYC Reviews and Tickets

(14 Ratings)
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Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Excruciating, Ambitious

About the Show

Set in a Lima, Peru prison cell in 2021, this new adaptation of the biblical story sees a bright young lawyer who has been accepting bribes thrown into prison with another political criminal and whistleblower, Jesús.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (14)

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287 Reviews | 32 Followers
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you interested in political stories or like to support young playwrights

Don't see it if violence and language are a trigger for you

Also i had trouble understanding one of the leads except when he was facing downstage, which wasn't very often.

760 Reviews | 422 Followers
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Enjoyed this creatively staged play in the basement of a very old building.

Don't see it if There was not air conditioning which made it difficult to focus.

1202 Reviews | 344 Followers
Loud noises, Low voices, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if you want an interesting take on the biblical relationship set in a politically challenged Peru. The set is good & the actors capable, but...

Don't see it if the low voices, especially when directed away from the audience, make you miss what is going on, or if loud banging or violence upsets you.

50 Reviews | 19 Followers
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if See it if you need a nap outside of your home. 80 mins of two people talking to each other quietly. No idea as to what the play was about.

Don't see it if you expect a good story line or good acting. Their dull lifeless boring conversations put me to sleep. No intermission, to sneak out.

387 Reviews | 43 Followers
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Excruciating, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if don't.The idea is compelling but the execution is poor.First of all the Jesus actor cannot speak clearly nor act so there is no counterpoint

Don't see it if you were looking for an intelligent argument or exchange of ideas or a meaningful examination of politics. It is obvious and superficial

38 Reviews | 13 Followers
Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent, Profound, Absorbing

See it if You’re into intense political dramas

Don't see it if Graphic violent scenes offend you, or if you like a nice cool theater in the summer

13 Reviews | 0 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Riveting, Profound

See it if you like intense drama with 0olitical and social issues without "date stamped on it", yet relevant to our times. Wonderful production!

Don't see it if You are in a mood for a light theatre!

18 Reviews | 5 Followers
Indulgent, Slow, Excruciating, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You like the actors, though the direction does them very little favors.

Don't see it if Prison cliches annoy you; Corrupt guards, prison jailbird who quotes the Bible every 5 minutes, somebody has to die at the end.

Critic Reviews (2)

June 27th, 2019

"The tension between the two men is palpable right from the start of this short one act play...This production directed by Eduardo Machado could benefit from even more tension...The fight choreography by Daniel Benhamu was excellent. Anwar Wolf portrayed Jesús and believably conveyed all of the piety required...Mr. D'Amato successfully propelled the story and gave us yet another reason to distrust lawyers and whatever establishment is in power."
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July 3rd, 2019

"While Will T.F. Carter's Barabbas is very outspoken on the topic of political corruption in Peru, the play is dramatically weak as so much of it is exposition. In each scene we learn a little bit more about the men's lives, but little that is new happens in the play's 90 minutes. The tepid direction by Eduardo Machado gives us too much time to consider the play's deficiencies and makes the play seem longer than it is. Carter's anger at what is going on in Peru is commendable, but Barabbas does not utilize that indignation except on an intellectual basis."
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