"Duck" follows the internal struggle of a CIA statistician who learns that 1% can be the difference between life and death. More…
From the show:
He tries to understand what “loyalty” means — to whom, and at what cost. Under periods of great stress, he loses the ability to speak and instead quacks at people like a duck.
See it if If you like a hallucination vision play ( strinberg) this is a good play. Dreams morf into other scenes. Done well. Good acting.
Don't see it if If you like linear plays that are move grounded.
See it if you want to see a unique, timely memory play that explores the human impact of reducing people to mere statistics.
Don't see it if you are not interested in political theater; you prefer linear, straightforward, spoon-fed storytelling.
See it if you might want to see interlocking non-realistic parables about personal responsibility in our era.
Don't see it if you can’t handle obscurity in the theater: Here there are lots of gaps.
See it if you appreciate good acting, sound and staging on an interesting topic, presented with strong writing and delivered clearly.
Don't see it if you have difficulty with non-linear plays - I found this a bit choppy and that was intensified by some actors playing multiple roles.
See it if CIA cipher w/ codename "Duck" is compatible in code & in the field, like a duck on land & in water, has misgivings."I'm the will of country"
Don't see it if Time shifts and multiple characters and an amorphous lead character and limited lighting cues make it rather incoherent: "Chronic analysis"
See it if you want to see a show exploring accepting responsibility for endorsed but repulsive actions
Don't see it if you believe "pleasing" is always better than conflict, no matter the costs
See it if you enjoy dark psychological drama about conflict between conscience and need for life structure/professional and job skill acknowledgement.
Don't see it if you prefer comedy, musicals, multiple acts with interval, light theme, larger house and sets, or are disturbed by questioning USA actions.
See it if You like a good espionage plot thru the eyes of a guilt driven brother. Very strong acting by the entire cast. Kudos to the lead actor.
Don't see it if You don’t like dramas about intelligence agencies.
See it if you like a dream-like story where Duck's memories jump from 1 thing to the next. Great idea of questioning consequences of one's actions!
Don't see it if you need linear story-telling and are confused by jumps between lots of short scenes, some of them pretty abstract.
See it if You want an exploration of compartmentalizing / the "banality of evil" and its ramifications.
Don't see it if You want a fully polished production with a satisfying ending.
See it if you like subversive theatre that dares to speak truth to political power.
Don't see it if questioning authority disagrees with your personality and disposition. You hate questioning established authority.
See it if you like non-linear narrative w/ensemble casts playing multiple roles with humor and a dark political philosophical narrative that questions
Don't see it if you want answers to those questions or something easy less repetitive or you expect more quirk or clowning than is on offer here
See it if you like intense, intellectual text that explores the internal conflicts of a character through short, thought-provoking scenes.
Don't see it if you don't like great acting or have the concentration to unravel the outwardly presented inner conflicts.
See it if you'd like to see a stream of conscious/dreamlike play questioning our personal responsibilities in today's dark political era.
Don't see it if you do not like obscurity and prefer a linear, traditional play or not interested in political theater.
See it if Really smart and timely. Great group of actors. Well directed. Well written.
Don't see it if You don't like dark comedy and political drama.
See it if Shows that combine current events with intelligent questions about the human endeavor - what is knowing, certainty and meaning.
Don't see it if Clearly delineated plot lines and resolutions. Plotlines left unexplored or unresolved. Actors taking on multiple roles and allegory.
See it if You like plays that use absurdity and humor to explore questions about personal responsibility, and leave the answers up to the audience.
Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for less than great acting.
See it if you can handle dynamic storytelling about the impact on American researcher, targeting terrorists for no- trial killings after 9/11 fears
Don't see it if you want a simple narrative play that pretends to be natural conversations or you can't face US policies to assassinate suspected terrorists