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Boogieban

From 31 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

About the show

"Boogieban" explores the lasting affects of war upon two soldiers of different eras. Together, the two men launch on parallel journeys of the heart that will change them forever.


Member Reviews (31)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing
85
Avg Score

79
Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if A story about two war veterans who help each other through the horrors of war.well acted play and very deep and moving.

Don't see it if If you want a liter story. At 110 minutes no intermission. Has some moving scenes that are heavy and war related.

90
Moving, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Intense

See it if Army vet psychiatrist sees one last patient before retiring, and while helping the patient, discovers himself. Authentic & compelling.

Don't see it if The PTSD theme is not new, but the particular story of these two characters is executed beautifully. Includes flashing lights & loud noises

94
Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if U want 2 feel what PTSD is probably like. Stunning portrayals of both the soldier and his army psychiatrist. It will hi-10 ** appreciation o

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something less serious and thought provoking.

Also your Appreciation of what our soldiers endure.

82
Insightful, Riveting, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you are interested in the effects of war on soldiers, insights into PTSD therapy, superb acting & playwriting.

Don't see it if you dislike serious plays that involve an exploration of characters that suffer severe psychic turmoil & their attempts at coping.

83
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Repulsive, Must see

See it if you love "dark". This show starts dark and turns darker in every scene.

Don't see it if you want any sort of resurrection for any of the characters

Also This show has only 2 characters on stage, but there are millions of ch... Read more Read less

78
Good acting, Slow, Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you're interesting in a show about the human cost of war & the bonds the shared experience of combat can create.

Don't see it if you might be triggered by the special effects used in the flashback scenes; you expect plays set in the past to get the details right.

Also SPOILER ALERT... Read more Read less

92
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a wonderful 2 person show with great acting.that gets you to feel deeply for the characters.

Don't see it if You want to see a light and fluffy play. This play brings up a lot of emotions.

92
Profound, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A true evening in the theatre with a compelling story of the human impact of war where there are no winners. A must see drama!

Don't see it if If war & PTSD is of no interest, you can skip this play, however, you are doing yourself a disservice.

82
Powerful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see a powerful exploration of PTSD suffered by combat soldiers in a well-acted and well-written play.

Don't see it if you want an elaborate and/or lighthearted show. This is an intense, dramatic production on a simple set.

90
Necessary theater everyone should see, 2 military generations meet here, Heartfelt & healing

See it if ably acted 2-man show on battle scars of 2 generations; middle-aged doctor & father helps Afghanistan vet, who unknowingly returns the favor

Don't see it if you dislike scenes of war acted on stage or small intimate theaters, but frankly this is a rewarding non-profit show, worth yr time & funds.

Also SAG-member Travis Teffner originated the role of Specialist Jason Wyns... Read more Read less

89
Closing soon, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Hit me like a flowing stream

See it if PTSD of veteran; dialogues with a military psychiatrist; didn’t expect such acting from such tiny old theatre; free drinks from bar;

Don't see it if 2 flashback war scenes with loud sound effect; expose problems of war & US military system; 100 min no intermission; 50+ seat with 7audience

Also It’s a simple narrative with few flashbacks & twists, yet so very movi... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can handle a night of real theater dealing with the serious subject of PTSD

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or can't sit for over 100+ minutes without an intermission in somewhat uncomfortable seats

Also Well directed by Sean Derry, and a fine effort by the two accomplished... Read more Read less

88
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well acted, well written show that is very honest about the experiences of people serving in the military

Don't see it if You want an evening of fluff

88
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Intense two man play of an army doctor and his PTSD patient. Very moving, and absorbing play about this difficult subject matter.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter.

Also This closes on September 29th and I would highly recommend seeing it. ... Read more Read less

90
Intensely emotional!, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Best new drama I've seen this year! Well written script becomes acting Tour de Force with these 2 great actors. Real theater, no fluff.

Don't see it if Uncomfortable subject of PTSD is explored in therapy sessions. Not for the faint-hearted or someone looking for simple entertainment.

Also Although early scenes are a little slow, (I would have trimmed a littl... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if A story about the effects of war on soldiers and insights into PTSD told with good acting

Don't see it if A strong play with emotional underpinnings.

Also Both actors are believable and bring real humanity to their roles.

87
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy outstanding performances in an effective and affecting play about soldiers with PTSD, loyalty and the closeness which binds

Don't see it if You are unable to hear about and empathize with the traumas confronted by our young soldiers generation after generation

92
Intelligent, Sensitive, Moving, Great acting, Great writing

See it if The price a soldier pays through his life with PTSD is intimately explored and masterfully expressed in this two person play. Truth told.

Don't see it if you dont want to be reminded of the sacrifices members of the military continue to make throughout their lives. It is emotionally powerful

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a powerful and relevant play (2 actors) about PTSD and other traumas of war.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter topics and fast moving action.

74
Earnest, well-acted, somewhat predictable two-hander

See it if You haven't thought through what war is like and you look up to those who fight them/you like good acting and great intentions.

Don't see it if You already see soldiers as pawns/you hate predictable plots.

95
Profound, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in the subject of PTSD and the horrors it inflicts; exceptional acting in a story with depth and raw emotions.

Don't see it if you don't like heavy plays about deeply emotional subjects; prefer large productions with multiple characters.

Also Blew me away . . . sensitive treatment of a highly emotional subject. ... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you’re ready for an shot of meaningful reality. Great production with two excellent actors who are totally invested in their work.

Don't see it if you’re looking for fluff.

81
Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brings to poignant reality military PTSD with unexpected, somewhat forced, surprise connection from Vietnam to Afghan war, realistically don

Don't see it if You've had a depressing day and want to see a show for levity: this one stays mentally embedded well after curtain call.

69
Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting, Banal

See it if Well-acted, two-man show covering PTSD as the plot thrust.

Don't see it if Looking for anything particularly original or insightful on the subject.

Also Boogieban centers on an Afghan vet who may be suffering from PTSD and ... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Relevant

See it if Looking for a show that doesn't deal with gender / identity politics like so much of the stuff being put up these days.

Don't see it if Need a show where the action is present.

Also The actors do a fine job, and the play really works in the flashbacks ... Read more Read less


September 7th, 2019
"Psychological aftermath of war is explored in BOOGIEBAN at 13th Street Repertory Theatre."
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September 8th, 2019
"Heartfelt, but somewhat too contrived…Fidler's language veers from the realistic to the self-consciously poetic…with touches of verbal staginess. Both actors…do insightful work…Long stretches that drag interminably…Plays like 'Boogieban' continue to be necessary reminders of the costs of war."
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