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“Calderon writes florid, rapid-fire New Yorkese, which is necessary because his characters’ gift of gab is all they have. Yet it all feels a little forced, as if the play was going down a checklist of tough-guy tropes...The best dramas dealing with violence use it to uncover greater truths about human nature. No such revelation happens in ‘Divine Horsemen,’ whose petty ruffians somehow make tragedy feel small.” Full Review
“Though it feels like every other mob story, 'Divine Horsemen’ tells an engrossing story with sensational actors. It's easy to get swept up in the action and go along for the ride...While the play doesn’t delve very deeply into the characters’ motivations, it covers a spectrum of themes...It is an incredible delight to see such compelling actors onstage together....An intriguing portrayal of hungry men on the down-and-out side of life.” Full Review
"Calderon’s staging possesses a thoughtfully constructed sense of unease that undeniably provokes urgency. Although the narrative often seems a little slight, the tension is beautifully rendered...The drama’s dialogue is intimate and strangely organic, with patter that is full of profanity and brittle edge...It’s the character work that ultimately carries the piece: The repartee between Zayas’s surprisingly subtle Iffy and Calderon’s brutish Willie is particularly compelling." Full Review
“The acting in ‘Divine Horsemen’ is so good you cannot believe that these gritty characters aren’t real people...A true masterclass in acting...The raw dialogue, politically incorrect playwriting, and characters overflowing with machismo are somehow refreshing in this play, which hasn’t been on stage since 1995...If you like badass characters and situations à la ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘The Sopranos’, then you’ll love ‘Divine Horsemen’.” Full Review
See it if Desperate trio courts the devil, with devastating consequences. Violent, yet ultimately a satisfying morality tale. Excellent acting.
Don't see it if Extremely dark humor. Graphic descriptions of violent acts to people and animals. Four flight walk-up to theater.
See it if If you want to see intense acting laced with violence and well staged fight choreography.
Don't see it if Might have a bit of trouble understanding quickly spoken slang- but this did not diminish raw power of this production.
See it if You like tense, American Buffalo like dramas with clever wit and authentic everyday characters struggling to achieve the American Dream.
Don't see it if You don't like gritty, true to life plays, or are way too politically correct and easily offended by characters who speak the way they feel.
See it if you enjoy watching loathsome characters engaging in loathsome activities. Plus you get amazing character actors from TV.
Don't see it if you insist on political correctness. If you are looking for amazing sets, lighting, etc you should look elsewhere; this is bare bones.
See it if you love great actors and great writing, you want to laugh, but also be surprised by the meaning it holds, if you like Stephen Adly Guirgis
Don't see it if you don't like violence, you are sensitive around subject matter involving developmental disabilities