Already closed | 2h 15m | Chelsea

Good

From 16 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent

About the show

The Potomac Theatre Project revives Cecil Philip Taylor's drama, which examines Nazi Germany and asks how did a nation go mad? How were normal people transformed into brutes, devoid of ordinary humanity? More…

Set in Germany as Hitler rises to power, 'Good' takes place partly inside the mind of a 'good' man: Professor John Halder. Unconsciously, this well-meaning scholar is slowly led into participating in the hell that was the Holocaust. Performed in repertory with 'No End of Blame.'

2h 15m | Already closed | Atlantic Theater Stage Two (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (16)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent
74
Avg Score

81
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like historical drama. This one with an interesting twist. It scared me on a deep level to see how easily people rationalize their hate.

Don't see it if you're a Trump supporter. You will not like how your kind is portrayed. They get it spot on perfect.

75
Confusing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if We expected more as we were thrilled with the No End Of Blame production at the matinee. Still some great acting.

Don't see it if your are not in the mood to see a sometimes confusing of a well acted moral problem for the protagonist in Nazi Germany.

30
Banal, Disappointing, Boring, Miscast, Excruciating

See it if you want to see a really bad production of a really excellent play. Fortunately, I saw the original so I know how bad this is.

Don't see it if your taste in theatre is above rank amateurism. Some of the actors in this play teach acting. Oy!

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like timely intense drama.

Don't see it if You are looking for something fluffy.

71
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Interested in history dealing with pre war Germany with the rise of Hitler.

Don't see it if You have little interest in politics and how things effect people to make strange choices.

68
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want a thinking piece about humanity that requires some concentration to see the underlying character development and implications

Don't see it if some confusing elements

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like great acting and fictional stories based in history

Don't see it if can't deal with storylines about the holocaust

83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You enjoy shows that have a historical and/or political lean. It is thought-provoking and a little disconcerting.

Don't see it if You go to the theatre for light, escapist comedies.

78
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Profound

See it if you like strong drama about the holocaust. Creative staging and the lead actor is strong in the role. The play moves you.

Don't see it if stories about the holocaust trouble you. You have to stay focused to fully understand the through-line.

70
Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Sometimes confusing, Engaging

See it if / The play succeeds in putting you in the shoes of someone whose life choices seem unfathomable. It sneaks up on you in a good way.

Don't see it if you want something short and sweet, or escapist. This show purposely keeps you firmly in our current political climate and doesn't let go.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if Great acting, interesting&unique scene setup, war themes, plays w music, but not musicals, great costuming, deep thinking, profound plays

Don't see it if You don't like war reminders, scenes of Nazis & Holocaust turn your stomach (that was a touch scene to watch), current event relevance.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy smart, relevant, well acted and directed theatre.

Don't see it if You aren't up for delving deep into important issues and where our nation fits into the puzzle.

During previews
68
Slow, Confusing

See it if you like slow plays...

Don't see it if you are easily bored...

During previews
79
Great staging, Relevant, Dated

See it if You like historical plays about how "good" people become monsters because of politics Scary and relevant today. Great direction and staging

Don't see it if You want excellent acting and a sympathetic main character who has depth. Never a surprise about the story. Dialogue at times pretentious.

During previews
70
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Good acting and a heady script is your bag.

Don't see it if You don't like sparse sets and complicated themes.

During previews
70
Quirky, Relevant

See it if You are a history buff, you like plays with creative staging, you're a fan of anti-heroes

Don't see it if you need something zippy in pace, you don't like serious subject matter


July 17th, 2016
“The stronger of the two is 'Good'...A stealthily constructed drama whose experimental use of music - as something that lives in the mind of its main character - doesn’t quite come off here. What does is the insidious way that morally abhorrent ideas and systems can grow to seem quite normal, the...
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July 15th, 2016
"The production's touch isn't entirely sure—and Taylor certainly has no interest in being subtle—yet the play can still be distressingly effective...Petosa's production is deft in domestic scenes...The piece seems less certain when the text grows more stylized. Taylor wrote his work as a comic gr...
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July 13th, 2016
"Despite strenuous storytelling, it is easy to emerge from this production more confused than when it began…Director Jim Petosa occasionally achieves moments that are both beautiful and terrible in their theatricality...Mostly, the actors stand around aimlessly as one scene bleeds into the next. ...
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July 14th, 2016
"Michael Kaye captures nearly everything about Halder...The actor shows how each of Halder's moral concessions is meant to be a one-off, a necessary accommodation to maintain his place in the world...And yet, 'Good' stops short of delivering a knockout punch...'Good' has always been a problematic...
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