Already closed | 1h 30m | West Village

Hitler's Tasters

From 55 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever

About the show

Three times a day, every day, a group of young women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolf Hitler's food tasters. More…

Using an anachronistic retelling of a historical footnote, and stretching from the WWII era to today’s autocracy, the play asks us to consider what girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal. Winner of the 2017 Glaspell Award.

1h 30m | Already closed | IRT Theater (West Village)

Member Reviews (55)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Clever
79
Avg Score

77
Surprising, Creative, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You like Mean Girls. A very interesting story with a modern twist. Very professional and crisp presentation. Funny and dark & informative.

Don't see it if You can't get past the title. Don't like an all teenage girls cast.

Also This is a very distasteful title to a very creative, inventive, though... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Entertaining, Interesting, Relevant

See it if Clever concept and surprisingly entertaining. Has both funny and thought provoking moments.

Don't see it if You dislike smaller productions with simple staging.

72
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to experience an all-woman production pointing out the horror of the job with some good humor, a unique set and references to today

Don't see it if you want a serious look at the terrible work that the tasters faced - this takeoff is a modern day mash and makes light of an awful time.

69
Disappointing, Clever, Slow, 2000 and 1940 mix together

See it if Girls been silly and tester of Hilter food.

Don't see it if If you're expecting a seroius show about World War II Hitler testers.

Also they have cell phones , taking selfies with a dance in the show. They ... Read more Read less

85
Highly recommended / very entertaining, Clever set staging choreography scene-changes & music choices, Great ensemble / compelling performances, Quirky / edgy / absorbing / relevant, Original / ambitious / unique / refreshing

See it if you're cool w/a non-traditional take on WWII: dramatic & serious, youthful & humorous, modernized to near breaking point, but very poignant.

Don't see it if you prefer serious str8-forward theater. Please don't miss out. It's different, but SO worth experiencing.

Also I was uncomfortable for the 1st 5min of the show...... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd enjoy a story showing realistic dealing of an extreme situation. So much below the surface!

Don't see it if you want an overly engaging production. It's a great play, but sometimes I felt my mind wandering.

55
Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you don't mind theater that is more of a live portrait than a play

Don't see it if you resent when the author doesn't trust their audience.

Also Although all of the author's positions are valid, there is no need wit... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if Relating to teens in another era appeals to you.

Don't see it if You're looking for some deep meaning of life.

84
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You like a good dose of anachronism in your art. You want to see some great performances. You want to see Spring Awakening meets Der Bunker.

Don't see it if You dislike anachronistic plays. This one is pretty extreme. You don't like scripts that feel a little too much lie a Meisner exercise.

Also “The food was delicious, only the best vegetables, asparagus, bell pep... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Quirky, Overly-staged, Uneven, Fork choreo

See it if you need to laugh at the current dark state of the world.

Don't see it if you can't find humor in dark trying circumstances, situations, or history.

Also The piece was quite good when it wasn't drawing overly direct parallel... Read more Read less

74
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Repetitive, Funny

See it if You're interested in an anachronistic look at the past as it relates to the present.

Don't see it if You're going to be offended by off-color jokes or you want a big splashy production.

72
Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you are looking for good acting from a young cast. Interesting story with resonance for today. P.S. Hitler does NOT make an appearance

Don't see it if you are looking for a full scale production. Its 90 minutes and I found the first 30 to be slow moving.

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Quirky

See it if Actors were believable in their fluctuation between fear, misplaced loyalty and adolescent absorptions. Appropriately chilling atmosphere.

Don't see it if There could have been more character development and less repetition, though it was gutsy to combine past and present tensions and it works.

79
A tasty hit, Terrific, Sharp production, Overstays welcome, Undigested purpose

See it if you want to see an impressively mounted play by an accomplished young playwright with ambition and the talent to back it.

Don't see it if you find anachronistic contempo behavior and language in period settings a distracting deal breaker.

85
Clever, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Dark comedy

See it if you’re prepared for a thoughtful recreation of difficult world/American truths presented through a modern teen girl gaze in a 30-seat house.

Don't see it if you’re triggered by theatrical representations of Nazi Germany or American white supremacy.

44
Tried to be too cute, Non-entertainijng, Ridiculous

See it if you think a story about Hitler should include "mean girls" and their cell phones.

Don't see it if you come to be educated or entertained!

85
Great acting, Great staging, Great tech, Modern touches i found distracting.

See it if It's a great concept to view WWII thru the eyes of Hitler's food tasters. Clever idea and script.

Don't see it if However, modern choices such as taking selfies with cell phones, clashed with the reality of WWII. There were cameras back in the 40's.

Also I wish they had kept the anachronisms out; I found it distracting from... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Thought-provoking, disturbing, and eerily prescient. Vapid Mean Girls play Russian roulette to uphold their blind faith in the fuhrer.

Don't see it if Interesting premise and solid acting, but sketch-like structure precludes a satisfying ending. Title should be less on the nose.

Also Anachronistic props and references, on balance, make the piece that mu... Read more Read less

72
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like to get a feel for how it must have felt living under Nazi dictatorship or any dictatorship in past, present or future.

Don't see it if you don't want to be confronted with Nazis or other dictatorships or can't handle a period piece using modern equipment (cell phones)

55
Disappointing, Amateurish, Insipid

See it if you are interested in historical topics as rendered through a more personal perspective.

Don't see it if you expect a thoughtful, nuanced point of view on Hitler's regime and it's effects on regular people, or if are very literal-minded.

Also Some see this show as addressing global themes like the devaluation of... Read more Read less

51
Overrated, Insipid, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want a character study

Don't see it if you want a play that has a plot and story

Also It was very slow moving and boring

70
Great acting, Different

See it if you are interested in how politics and government affect us.

Don't see it if you want to watch a light, cutesy play.

Also I was most impressed with the acting, especially the gal who played Hi... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see great theater, a devastating parable, superbly directed. This is our generation’s The Crucible. The actors astound.

Don't see it if You cannot or won’t connect the troubling dots btw. current events and fascistic politics. Brooks gives the cast cellphones for good reason.

67
Original, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in the history of Nazi Germany, and prefer to see original plays.

Don't see it if You prefer plays that do not mix modern times with past history, and like productions with elaborate set designs

Also The use of cell phones in the story, and modern music between the scen... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if If you're looking for new and inventive ways to tell history. If you enjoy good acting and good writing. If you like small theatres.

Don't see it if If introducing anachronistic elements into a piece of historical fiction turns you off, stay away.

Also I was a little wary going into Hitler’s Tasters because I foolishly re... Read more Read less


October 12th, 2018
"In the playwright's most imaginative stroke, the girls are rendered as typical early-twenty-first-century teenagers...This eccentric concept turns out to make a great deal of sense...All of this is rendered with maximum tautness by the director, Sarah Norris, and a quartet of accomplished actres...
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October 17th, 2018
"The smart play functions on a number of different levels at once: as a history lesson, yes, but also as an exploration of group dynamics of young women, seemingly anywhere and everywhere."
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October 10th, 2018
"What the playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks has successfully done is meld that past horror with the current political climate in America to create a shape-shifting presentation of the 1940s, spray- painted by 2018...Overall, the seeming disconnect to the audience is the use of 2018 dialogue in a ...
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October 11th, 2018
"The smashing together of the eras is absolutely brilliant in that it makes these girls the every girl. They are OUR girls, our daughters and sisters who are trapped in that bunker by the frenzied nationalism of a country run by a monster...Sarah Norris’ direction is music on stage. She moves her...
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