New York | 2h 0m | Ends Mar 24

Holy Day

From 1 critic and 28 member reviews
Members say: Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant

About the show

Set against the isolation of the mid-19th century Australian landscape, "Holy Day" deals with themes of race, gender and justice, exploring the conflict between new beginnings and forgotten pasts. More…

A traveler’s rest on the ruthless colonial frontier. A child is missing. A man is dead. A church is burned to the ground. When strangers take the law into their own hands in a land that is not their own, history will be forged and stories will be told in the name of survival. 

2h 0m | Ends Mar 24 | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)


75
New York Theater

"Why would a young, downtown theater company put on this relentlessly gruesome play...Yet, I can’t remember the last time I saw such a hateful play given such an impressive production. The eight-member cast is intense and committed...As the plot unfolds, secrets pried public, and lies exposed, we learn that nothing is as it initially appeared; everything is worse." Full Review


95
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This is a great show with an amazing cast, solid writing and stage direction, with a very absorbing and fascinating story.

Don't see it if you are triggered easily by rape and child murder. It's a bit bleak so if you must have a happy story, don't see this.

89
Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play that is intense at times and deals with relationships, racism, conflict and survival in Australia.

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy. You want to miss out on a great performance by some talented actors dealing with some difficult issues.

Also This performance was very well done and was intense at times. This per... Read more Read less

86
Relevant, Good acting, Well written, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like issue-driven drama, an interesting story in a historical context.

Don't see it if You don't care about how colonizers treat the colonized.

85
Desperate, Disturbing, Relevant, Violent, Intense

See it if A mystery of a burned church & stolen infant unleashes desperation & brutal violence in the harsh outback. Powerful acting.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a serious Australian western with a bleak landscape, mean outlaws, tough whore, oppressed natives & failed missionary.

Also Ultimately a call for recognition & justice: “You and I will be silent... Read more Read less

82
A bit melodramatic, Panoramic, Historical, Action packed, Intense

See it if you’d like to experience the stage equivalent of a 1950s historical movie epic in Panavision: gritty characters awash in primal emotions.

Don't see it if you’d have trouble following numerous troubled characters as they traverse their several complicated, intertwined storylines.

Also I was fully engaged by the NYC premiere of “HOLY DAY” from start to fi... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Epic

See it if You’re interested in gothic pieces that explore morality and Australia’s human history.

Don't see it if You dislike uncomfortable subject matter. You crave resolution (positive or negative)

78
Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Intense

See it if you want a look at relationships of another time and country that reflect current times. Ambitious play well done by actors on a huge stage.

Don't see it if you have trouble with accents and some soft speaking done while facing all directions on a huge stage with background music at times.

Also There was so much going on that I feel I would need to see this play a... Read more Read less

78
Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're interested in a story about Australia and its colonization. Strong female characters, good acting.

Don't see it if You're not interested in historically-based shows or dislike sexual references in plays.

75
Great acting, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy serious shows with intense/heavy moments. Very well acted.

Don't see it if You dislike shows in a small or intimate setting or are looking for something light.

75
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like a good story with multiple plots that draw you in from the beginning then take you on a wild ride

Don't see it if you dislike dark themes and disturbing props for interaction among the characters

74
Relevant

See it if Australian parallel of Manifest Destiny: White people terrorizing and enslaving Native Americans and Black people for money / religion.

Don't see it if A shotgun / shooting sounds are triggering. "Wild wild west Westerns," imperialistic Missionaries, or genocide of indigenous disturb you.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

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

See it if You enjoy one act plays with good acting and clever staging. Intense story about racist treatment of native people in 1800s Australia.

Don't see it if You don’t like intense plays, plays that contain cursing or dramas that address troubling sexual and racist events.

Also Actors need to project more to consistently reach viewers sitting at t... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Early Settler dealing with dark struggle life in Australia.

Don't see it if Subject that come up in this show is rape, suicide, killing, racism.

Also Topics in this story can made people uncomfortable but it is worth see... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the dark side of colonial Australia. A dense, dark story filled with raw emotions, not easy to watch, but well worth it.

Don't see it if you are looking for something funny or lighthearted.

84
During previews
Uneven acting, Good writing, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent

See it if U'll enjoy a traditional historic drama, interesting story w/mostly good acting--shout out to Leah Gabriel (Nora) who was excellent.

Don't see it if U don't enjoy dark themes; will dislike a play in which the "natives" are mostly props for interaction among whites.

Also Agree with comment above that the set wasn't lighted enough during sce... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I have always been interested in Australia, Rabbit Fence and anti miscegination laws. This plays into that same interest for me.

Don't see it if Emotional violence, rape, death are not on your mind. This is not an easy story.

80
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like shows dealing with social injustice and serious subject matters.

Don't see it if If you would rather see a show with a lighter subject matter.

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Well staged, Well acted, Fast-paced, Intense

See it if Great story with multiple plots that weave in and out. Shocking turns and well-delineated characters draw one in from the beginning.

Don't see it if You can't stand brief nudity and violence sexual or otherwise.

Also 1HR45MIN ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Riveting, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if An interesting show sbout as bit piece of Australian history. Deals with indigenous people and suffering. Well directed.

Don't see it if Can be graphic as well a depressing story. Some serious subject matter that may not sit well with some audience members.

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are open to being challenged by learning of the abuses heaped upon the Black Aboriginals in Australia by the White settlers.

Don't see it if You are squeamish about nudity, sexual themes, and violence.

Also This drama is based on historical events that parallel the treatment o... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like westerns, lots of well drawn characters, racial and sexual themes, at times intense drama well played and well constructed.

Don't see it if You mind a very busy play, play with lots of racism and rape portrayed. Some current theater cliches and some characters that don’t work.

Also Biggest issues with the play is it has a victim class and as is curren... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in history, Australia, injustice, racial relations, and human cruelty portrayed intensely on stage.

Don't see it if you do not like dark, gut wrenching historical drama.

Also This play would have faired better in another venue. Everything was mu... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Strong violence, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense

See it if a story set in the harsh "wild west" of the Australian outback sounds interesting. People did what they had to in order to survive.

Don't see it if you do not want to see mistreatment of the "weak" - be they indigenous people, children, or women. Set reflects the harshness of the play.

Also The story peaked our interest so we were excited to see the show. The ... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Insipid, Dated

See it if You’re into Wild West themes; the cast summon the 1850s ambience of Australia quite well; a reminder “history is always told by the winners”

Don't see it if “Colonists surviving the wild (and the First Ppl” is not of your interest; some actors’ stage whisper is not audible from last row;

72
During previews
Lighting helps, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if Like plays with no intermission. Modest cast; intimate theatre. Period piece, with accents. There's references to sexual violence, violence,

Don't see it if Suicide, gender, and racial issues. It started about 13-minutes after call time and ran for about 100 minutes. It can be a lot to take, at

Also Times, but, it's still in previews and was ok- overall. Theatre is clo... Read more Read less


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