Closed 2h 15m
Convention
Brooklyn
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Convention NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Members say
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

About the Show

"Convention" is the true-and-overlooked story of what went down at the 1944 Democratic National Convention. Composed like an orchestral piece of music, it features a massive ensemble of 40 actors.

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Member Reviews (1)

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Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You enjoy plays about politics and innovative storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like political plays

Critic Reviews (5)

June 19th, 2019

“This commendable piece’s tone is shaky and is more ‘Hamilton’ than ‘The American Experience’...Much of it plays out like subpar Robert Altman with empty cross talk, heavy-handed overlapping dialogue and strained comedy...The two acts with an intermission...are slack with the momentum drained by shtick such as characters repeating the same statements several times for the only discernable purpose of being funny. It all distracts from the compelling drama.”
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June 19th, 2019

"As written by Danny Rocco that is the fabric of history – more like a Sargasso Sea than an Excel spreadsheet. Stuff happens. It’s a dirty war. Still, watching it is fun!...Clearly, the issues that are being voiced are those of our own time. Here the conflict between the progressives, represented by Wallace, and the more moderate position championed by Truman, has a lot to do with what the party can serve that voters will buy."
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June 18th, 2019

“’Convention’ is more of an experience than a play. Under Fillion's impressive direction and following Rocco's meticulously crafted script, the enormous cast makes great use of Irondale's sprawling space...Rocco's sly script captures...all the shenanigans you might expect to see at a contentious party convention...The entire cast deserves major kudos for pulling off such a carefully timed endeavor...A fascinating and funny history lesson."
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June 13th, 2019

"The convention stage is used for speeches but the guts of this play is the action which occurs everywhere, often simultaneously as written...The energy and general mayhem is fun....Who's who becomes a little hard to follow. The main players in this drama do emerge...The production pivots between semi-serious reenactment and slyly subversive farce...'Convention' can be recommended for its immersive experience and Shannon Fillion's you-are-there direction."
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June 13th, 2019

"It is an ambitious undertaking with a massive cast that performs throughout the cavernous room in a kind of surround sound experience...How a handful of bigwigs were able to engineer the ouster of a popular vice-president, and why they did so, promised to be a riveting drama. But it didn’t turn out that way for me – not riveting drama, and not engaging theater. 'Convention' didn’t work for me. It was simply too hard for me to follow what was going on."
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