Havel: The Passion of Thought
Havel: The Passion of Thought
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Havel: The Passion of Thought NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Profound, Intelligent

About the Show

PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) presents an evening of five serio-comic one act plays from master playwrights Harold Pinter, Václav Havel, and Samuel Beckett.

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Profound, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if you don't know Havel; he is a must-see playwright. His 3 pieces have diff styles...and all are excellent. Bookend Pinter/Beckett are good.

Don't see it if you dislike provocative political plays. Acting is mostly strg. Gr night of theater, unless you only like airy musicals.

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Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing

See it if 5 shorts all well done with good casting and direction.

Don't see it if If you want a musical or something that is not deep.

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Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if to see a quintet of subversive political plays that illuminate the subjugation of dissidents in the 70s/80s/90s (& still resonates today).

Don't see it if u aren't interested in political theatre; u don't want to be confronted with the realities (from the POV of a rebel) of communist repression Read more

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Edgy, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if 5 one acts-brief yet w/the potency of a bee string Well directed by Ramagnoli, all show a creeping dystopian view of society past & present

Don't see it if Havel's 3 Vanek's plays (the centerpiece) prove the weak part of the evening except the farsighted 'Protest' Pinter's opener is knife sharp

90
Committed, Precise, Absurdist, Chilling, Smart

See it if you are interested in experiencing theater of the absurd at its most politically committed.

Don't see it if scenes of muted political torture would upset you too much to sit through. Read more

83
Heavy, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Middle triptych of the Czech plays focuses on dissident writer's (Havel) struggle on his path of accommodation/compromise using truth/virtue

Don't see it if Reliable acting from The Potomac Project offsets the thematically-appropriate, but superfluous bookend plays. (2:15) Read more

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Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Political play that are intense with good acting.

Don't see it if If you like musical Read more

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Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy intelligent theater with thought provoking and relevant dialogue. Havel's 2nd and 3rd plays the best of the five. Good acting.

Don't see it if you like fluffy or humorous theater. Even the funny parts were dark. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
July 17th, 2019

"A Vaclav Havel Trilogy Drives Evening of Political Theater. 'Havel: The Passion of Thought,' along with work by Harold Pinter and one by Samuel Beckett (dedicated to Havel), takes on morality and tyranny."
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BroadwayWorld
July 18th, 2019

"Truth As the Immoral Fibre of Being in 'HAVEL: THE PASSION OF THOUGHT' at Atlantic Stage 2"
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Theater News Online
July 20th, 2019

"A handful of mini-plays honors Vaclav Havel."
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TheaterScene.net
July 24th, 2019

"That 'Havel: the Passion of Thought' still has much to say to us after 45 years says a great deal about the state of the world and human rights today. However, Richard Romagnoli fails to do justice to the plays by using the same flat style with all five."
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Off Off Online
July 16th, 2019

"A sporadically interesting, though somewhat flat, theatrical experience, that, despite the horrific political situation in this country today, never manages to feel particularly engaged or relevant."
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