Metropolitan Playhouse presents this highly theatrical 1968 drama from Arthur Kopit, which explores America's mistreatment of the indigenous tribes. More…
'Indians' tells the story of 19th century European Americans’ settlement of western North America and displacement and confinement of the Native American population, as well as its subsequent mythologizing of that time, all told as a Wild West Show starring none other than Buffalo Bill Cody. Written as a protesting inquiry into the Vietnam War, 'Indians' resonates anew with today’s confrontations between cultures foreign and domestic.
See it if Rarely seen Kopit drama gets a potent staging (esp w/P'house's limitations) Absurdist dramedy/spectacle concerning Indian genocide by US
Don't see it if Cast size limits needed dramatic scale despite strong lead performances (esp Hardart) Kopit's tone veers toward Bretchian with mixed resilts
See it if you want to be challenged with a play that is as relevant today as it was in the sixties. What a daring thought provoking piece of theater
Don't see it if you only want a pleasant night in the theater with no thoughts at all.
See it if You want to see the same points repeated too often. Michael Hardart is excellent, but the script is tedious.
Don't see it if You are looking for a meaningful, entertaining evening
See it if You wish to see a show sensitive to the fate of the indigenous people of North America.
Don't see it if you have little patience for talky polemics of the theater of the sixties.
See it if You want a conscience-stirring theatrical experience. Beautiful staging. Exquisitely acted.
Don't see it if You don't have patience for shows that dramaturgically are clearly a product of a specific time - however timeless the themes.
Also Praise to Metropolitan for reviving this challenging work.
See it if You want to get a history lesson about how this country was really founded. Not the whitewashed version you were taught in grammar school.
Don't see it if You don't like disturbing facts about our country's history and on going issues with people of color.
See it if U are interested in the history of American West expansion told by Buffalo Bill Cody in a mythologized show with Indian ghosts giving facts.
Don't see it if U eschew subjects of American greed/arrogant power/violation of human rights causing tragic tolls & fail to see metaphor to present crisis.