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Give 'em Hell, Harry!

From 2 critic and 23 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent

About the show

A one-man show about Harry S. Truman, the common man of common sense who rose to the challenges of America’s highest office, yet never lost the bedrock honesty that won him his nickname.

Arts Independent

"Though 'Give ’Em Hell, Harry!' was written more than 40 years ago and toured back then with James Whitmore in the title role of President Harry S Truman, the play sounds to 2018 ears to have been written last week as a reproach to the current holder of that job. And all without mentioning his name...What gives his production its sharp edge is Truman’s warnings about the potential for abuse of power and publicity that he saw in the highest offices of the land." Full Review

On Stage Blog

“President Truman is brought back to life by...Byrnes, who brings a unique perspective to a role such as this, having once served as a Congressional aide...In terms of Mr. Byrnes’ performance, he does indeed come off as presidential...It does a fine job at not only capturing a period in history that has long since passed, but at eloquently showing the audience how some aspects of American politics never really changed." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Profound

See it if you want to be reminded of the decency and integrity Harry Truman displayed as the US President. Very relevant to today's disgraceful times

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows or historically relevant plays

Also J. Dolan Byrnes is stellar as Harry S. Truman! And, the play is as rel... Read more Read less

Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You need to be reminded that there have been moral leaders in the White House as opposed to what we have now. Terrific one man show.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in history.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting

See it if A wonderfully acted piece of American history. Very well written. So pertinent to our current American crisis.

Don't see it if If one man shows, or history is not to your liking, this one is not for you.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if U want 2 have an evening with Harry Truman one of our greatest presidents. A refreshing escape from what we have in the Oval Office today!!

Don't see it if If you can’t find a ticket for it (very small theatre)

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy learning about History in an entertaining way . You like a small venue

Don't see it if You don’t like small spaces or one man shows . You don’t want learn anything about the past .

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want an exciting theater experience in an intimate space with one great actor.

Don't see it if you do not care for one-man shows.

Also J. Dolan Byrnes made you feel like you were in the room with Harry S. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want to know more about Harry S. Truman and you love great storytelling and history.

Don't see it if don't know who Harry S. Truman is, don't like solo shows and don't know or want to know anything about US history before 1950.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You want an insight of Harry Truman. A one man show that doesn’t disappoint.

Don't see it if You want a big production.

Thought-provoking, Informative, Well staged

See it if you would like to know more about a president who did not take advantage of his role nor the office.

Don't see it if you don't like historical stories and factual information.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Dizzying

See it if You are interested in American history, especially during the lifetime of Harry Truman

Don't see it if You do not like one man performances, and monologues that go back and forth in time that may cause confusion.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy history and a well acted one man show in an intimate setring

Don't see it if You are not interested in a one man show that focuses on the life of Harry Truman as president.

Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You like presidential history. The story of Harry Truman is very interesting.

Don't see it if You don’t like history in theatre.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want a one man show that looks at the man behind the public display that was President Harry S Truman.

Don't see it if you like ensemble casts.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to learn a short history of one of America's revered Presidents.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy one person shows where the actor talks to imaginary characters.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Clunky, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you love US Hist...and want to "meet" HST. Gr quotes/anecdotes fr a strong, fair man. But glosses over 2nd a-bomb, attack on Marg's critic.

Don't see it if you want a polished prodn. Byrnes has tics (sniffs often, repeatedly says "now, you know, well"). Play has clunky transitions. Still, moving

Tiresome, Forgettable, Disappointing

See it if you yearn to know more about Truman and the history around his presidency.

Don't see it if you don't care about a president who was probably dead by the time you were born, or if you're expecting something interesting.

Also Over ten men have held the office of President in my lifetime, and I w... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if An exquisite portrayal of Harry Truman masterfully performed by Mr. Byrnes. See Mr. Truman with compassion and a huge heart. Unlike Trump.

Don't see it if If you are not fond of one-person shows.

Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if In this present culture of hatred and divisiveness GIVE 'EM HELL HARRY reminds audiences of the decency and integrity of the presidency.

Don't see it if If you support the policies and practices of the current administration. The play offers revealing insights of the moral courage of one man

Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Your interested in politics, history & social commentary. This 1 man show was artfully directed, masterfully portrayed, & thought provoking

Don't see it if If you are not interested in politics or US history,

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

See it if I'm not a fan of One Actor Shows. I was completely enthralled with Mr. Byrnes as "Harry", & unwittingly had a great history lesson. Bravo!

Don't see it if If you are not ready to be enlightened and entertained!

Great acting, Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Relevant

See it if see it if you want to learn about past and present history of what has and is going on in todays politics.

Don't see it if you don't care about history past and present.

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful, Great staging

See it if The lead actor is so compelling and committed as Harry, you feel like you are sitting in the Office, instead of a Theatre. Time flew!!

Don't see it if you are looking for something warm and fuzzy. As the passion of the play, is palpable.

Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great staging

See it if If you enjoy history. Excellent one-hander! Good venue.

Don't see it if You are looking for a complicated, heavy drama.

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