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Dogs of Rwanda

From 33 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Intense

About the show

Urban Stages presents this dark New York premiere, about a man who finds himself haunted by his experience as a young man with the Rwandan genocide. More…

16-year-old David finds himself in Uganda as a church missionary. He follows the girl of his dreams into the woods as the Rwandan genocide erupts. 20 years later and half a world away, he still can’t escape what happened and publishes a book on the events. When a note arrives reading, “There are untruths here,” David finds himself back in those woods with the boy he tried to save, in a journey towards redemption and forgiveness.

1h 15m | Already closed | Urban Stages (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (33)


Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Intense
Avg Score

Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy great storytelling. The subject can be quite dark and disturbing (genocide) he weaves a story you can get lost in-and learn from.

Don't see it if You’re looking for light and fluffy.

Absorbing, Dizzying, Unclear, Moving, Choppy

See it if you are interested in the long-term effects of traumatic violence.

Don't see it if you cannot bear to experience graphic descriptions of violence.

Also “Dogs of Rwanda” is a tough play to write about as a play. There were ... Read more Read less

Good for a solo show with very good musical accompaniment

See it if You appreciate one man story telling.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows.

Great storytelling, Emotionally impactful, Musician accompanied

See it if You’d like to hear an engaging story of forgiveness that is set during the 100 day Rwandan genocide accompanied by the talking drum.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be reminded of a tragic event in African history.

Relevant, Good acting, Muddled, Lacking pathos, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the Rwanda genocide, morality issues and people, psychologically, dealing with guilt and it's consequences.

Don't see it if you expect intense feelings of horror and sympathy from dealing with the topic of an atrocity such as the Rwandan genocide.

Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy story telling or book readings. It's really more like those than a play.

Don't see it if you're expecting interaction between characters

Resonant, Intense (at times), Great drumming

See it if you want to learn more about the Rwandan genocide through the eyes of an outsider

Don't see it if you don't enjoy solo shows, especially ones with audience interaction, or are distracted by onstage musicians.

Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Riveting, Resonant

See it if If you want to know how bad things can really get.

Don't see it if You have nightmares

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if This flashback story about a trip to Rwanda finds heft more in the situation and country than the actual story told engagingly by the actor.

Don't see it if One-man shows can run from eye-rolling to ultimate adoration. This falls pretty much in the center where the setting overshadows the story.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great music

See it if you like one man shows, especially about tough topics. Live music.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows. You're looking for light and fluffy.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great music accompaniment, Great staging, Emotional

See it if This very emotional and personal story of redemption is revealed by the adult obsessed by the murder and the violence he had witnessed

Don't see it if You like ensemble plays.

Also as a tanager in April 1994, at the beginning of the Rwandan genocide. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if The subject is compelling. The Rwandan genocide from one man’s personal experience. Imaginative use of drum to score the show. I saw the

Don't see it if You can’t stand another one actor show. You know nothing about the Rwandan genocide. You must have an intermission. You only like musicals

Also last preview. I’m sure the show will get better with time. Good lighti... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intense

See it if You want to see a one man show about Rwandan genocide. Sound effects and drumming by the drummer is very good. Well written story.

Don't see it if Don't want to see a bleak one man show.

Surprisingly un-moving, Disappointing, Great live music, Well-intentioned

See it if you want to show your support for Rwandan genocide survivors. You want to see a genocide story onstage that's not graphic.

Don't see it if you've seen/read genocide stories before & expect to be changed by this one, tho the revelation at the end about the survivor is important.

Also Wish it weren't so, but I left this play unsatisfied & unmoved. The ma... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You want an intense show that will make you think.

Don't see it if You don't want anything that is topical and thought provoking.

Indulgent, Meandering, Hard to follow the story, Confusing, Relevant

See it if you like one person narrative plays about an historical event (plus ethnic musical accompaniment).

Don't see it if you've hard a long and tiring day.

Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Abou, the musician-a marvel

See it if you are interested in the horror of genocide in general, or in Rwanda in particular. As well as redemption/forgiveness. Musician-fabulous.

Don't see it if learning of the horror of genocide is too painful. One-character shows bore you.

Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in being exposed to challenges abroad and learning some difficult things.

Don't see it if if you dont like one man shows or need a lot of action.

Ambitious, Slow, Cliched, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You are interested in the manifestations of trauma.

Don't see it if You seek new insights into the causes of genocide and Rwandan history.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like well acted one man shows that are based on historical events such as the Rwandan genocide and the subjects of guilt and memory

Don't see it if You have no interest in guilt, coming to terms with youthful mistakes or genocide

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be enthralled by a one man performance around an engrossing and human story of Rwanda

Don't see it if You want a light comedy or musical.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy being told a unique story. A beautiful atmosphere was created on the small stage. The actor very good indeed -

Don't see it if You have no patience for a one man play about an unusual and violent story in Rwanda

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Relevant

See it if You are interested in world events, like great simple staging, a strong story

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like good storytelling

Don't see it if Don’t like one man plays

Resonant, Interesting, Thought provoking, Great drummer

See it if you want a thoughtful exploration of forgiveness, blame and the repercussions of genocide. It's dark at times, but not too heavy.

Don't see it if you require brilliant writing (script could use tightening/a little more clarity in what it's trying to achieve), or don't like 1-man shows

Also The drummer ("Musician") was excellent and a great addition to the sho... Read more Read less

March 14th, 2018
"Hodge's tendency to telegraph each emotional beat betrays the contrivance of the script. His attempts to summon white-hot anger mostly leave us cold as we see the wheels turning in his head...Unfortunately, all of the African characters discussed in 'Dogs of Rwanda' come across as thinly drawn s...
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March 14th, 2018
"A solo show...Filled with terrors...Lewis' text is filled with fine details...Under the direction of Hill and Napolitano...Hodge holds us firmly in his grip...He is well-suited to the role of an innocent who has wandered into the heart of darkness...The production is striking and yet not too sli...
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March 12th, 2018
"David's chronicle is gripping, violent, and ultimately quite moving, and Hodge gives a riveting performance...There is something instinctively off putting about a white male character confronting the psychological torment of the Rwandan genocide...In the end, though, 'Dogs of Rwanda' shows that ...
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March 14th, 2018
"Hodge commandingly plays the American narrator...Though well-written...comes across as a contrived episode that restates that war is hell. Lewis' approach may be fresh but the subject matter isn't, and so even with the compelling performances and excellent presentation, the 70-minute show is an ...
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