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Divine Horsemen

From 7 critic and 22 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining

About the show

Primitive Grace Theater Ensemble presents this world premiere drama about three down-and-out men trying to make one big score. More…

In a rundown social club in Spanish Harlem, a petty criminal, a dreamer, and a washed up ex-major league baseball player lay out an outrageous scheme to get rich quick. When their plan comes to fruition, greed and individual conflicts and desires lead them all to a tragic end.

Stage Buddy

"Calderon's script piques our interest from the very beginning. He also plays the intimidating Willie and has the audience in the palm of his hand from his first entrance, completely comfortable on stage and within his body. Every performer in this play was outstanding...All in all, 'Divine Horsemen' is at once interesting and heartbreaking, and well worth the experience." Full Review

The Reviews Hub

"The play explores morality among unapologetic men. Their downfall is precipitated by what they perceive as weakness and how they attempt to protect themselves. Zayas paints his strength with vulnerability...Deblinger’s Raffi has the exuberance of a proper show-stopper, but captures the poetry of the piece with a striking immediacy. Calderón has realized an authentic and complex piece in a limited setting." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

"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

Times Square Chronicles

“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

Ethan Kanfer: New York Theater Reviews

"Calderon’s dialogue captures the cadences and embellishments that distinguish New York Street-speak. He and Zayas make the most of their staccato exchanges and imagistic monologues...For all its vitality, 'Divine Horseman' is still in a raw stage of its development. It needs a more even pace, and a smoother execution of its fight choreography. Most likely, though, if the production gets the longer, better-funded run it deserves, these rough edges will correct themselves." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"This high-stakes drama is jam-packed with fast-paced banter...To be clear, zipping from wit to explosive violence is quite the feat, and the ensemble meets the challenge...But when you take away the punches, the New Yorkese, and the over-abundance of machismo, there isn't much else...A production showcasing toxic masculinity and ableism without any self-reflection makes for an awkward participant in the conversation of current events." Full Review

The New York Times

“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

About time there was a production of this, See this while you can !!!!

See it if You loved the Labyrinth Theater of the early 2000s - See it if you like raw story lines about tough neighborhoods - see if you liked FARGO

Don't see it if U R looking for light fare or are challenged by rapid dialogue - Don't see it if u don't like grit - don't see it if you hated Pulp Fiction

Also To be clear my favorite plays are Stephen Adly Guris's Motherfucker wi... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Fast paced

See it if Bring a friend who's not into theater but loves gangster/crime caper films. Great street-a-logue (I made that word up)

Don't see it if One of the actors was clearly out of his league. He slowed things down a bit. The other two are knockouts. Needs some pauses for laughter.

Edgy, Intense, Masterful, Disturbing, Cathartic

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.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Confusing

See it if You like gritty, male-oriented, intense drama with a good dose of humor and violence thrown in and excellent acting.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to a story involving loan-sharking and questionable moral activity.

Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if If you want to see 4 powerhouse electrifying performances in an intense dark play about bad men doing bad things.

Don't see it if If you are offended by criminal behavior and rough language.

Also This is a bare bones play, beautifully acted and staged. It stays with... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love great acting and a snappy script.

Don't see it if You like fluffy musicals.

Also If I could, I would see it again. Each of the performers was outstandi... Read more Read less

Great acting, Resonant, Powerful, Gritty, Realistic

See it if you are interested in a fast paced crime drama with spots of humor. The acting is amazing, powerful with well choreographed fight scenes.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by remarks and behavior that are anti-women and cruel to animals and the handicapped. Bad men doing bad things.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Masterful

See it if You want to see a great play with great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like small theaters or simple staging.

Absorbing, Great acting, Suspenseful, Sharp dialog

See it if Like snappy dialog and great acting; reminiscent of Stephen Adly Guirgis

Don't see it if Sometimes gratuitously un-PC, plot forced.

Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Entertaining, Violent

See it if you enjoy intense drama with some laughs and racial humor

Don't see it if you are offended by profanity, politically incorrect language and acts of violence

Also In spite of negative & politically incorrect remarks and acts, it was ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Dramatic

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You like AMERICAN BUFALO, but with more plot

Don't see it if You are not able to suspend your disbelief

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Resonant, Good writing,

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.

Edgy, Great acting, Refreshing

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.

Great acting, Riveting, Great writing, Hilarious

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

Great acting, Raunchy, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy gritty, raw and non-PC theater which is nearly too realistic. Violence against people, animals, the disabled; women are disparaged

Don't see it if you don't enjoy any of the above; not for the squeemish, especially description of cruelty to animals, women as nags; very dark humor

Also So many non-PC things going on, in a way it's hard to take seriously i... Read more Read less

Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining

See it if well written fast paced stories are enjoyable, even if they aren't terribly profound

Don't see it if violence, whether psychotic, socio-economic, or protective, is something you can't tolerate.

Also David Deblinger's autistic Raffi is a bit over the top. An autistic in... Read more Read less

Dark, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Violent

See it if You like heist/crime stories. You're into comic books. You are not easily distressed by stage violence or descriptions of animal abuse.

Don't see it if You want female characters to be more than off-hand remarks about nagging wives and hysterical mothers.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if good plotting and engaging tragedy catches your attention regardless of performance

Don't see it if Excess profanity and expletives annoy you, if lines are missed due to being unable to hear them, then skip this show.

Great acting, Needs a tune up

See it if You want to see some great acting in a really small space

Don't see it if Want to see something that is polished and complete

Also Overall this play is missing a little bit of everything with the excep... Read more Read less

Great writing, Violent and graphic, Hard to understand all the words, Zero women, Extremely masculine

See it if you want to see some good actors perform a depressing story. The acting/writing was good, but I can't say I enjoyed myself.

Don't see it if skip this if you're averse to hearing animal torture; that's what utterly lost my sympathy for the characters. It's a rough show.

Edgy, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You like great acting! David Zayas is a tour de force, forreal. It's incredible to see him up close. The ensemble rounds it out nicely.

Don't see it if You're gentle. There's a lot of hyper-masculinity in this play, and not a lot of redeeming characters. Women are poorly represented.

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