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Intractable Woman: A Theatrical Memo on Anna Politkovskaya

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Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious

About the show

A portrait of the journalist/activist Anna Politkovskaya, this US premiere, by one of Italy’s most celebrated writers, takes us behind the headlines she generated while exposing details of Russia’s war in Chechnya. More…

Politkovskaya was assassinated in her Moscow apartment building in 2006. As journalists continue to put their lives on the line around the world, and efforts to undermine a free press escalate here in the U.S., her dispatches speak directly to us today.

Member Reviews (9)


Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious
Avg Score

Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Powerful, Disturbing

See it if 3 actresses team up to play Anna P and various guerillas, soldiers & civilians. They convey her reporting of the brutality in Chechnya.

Don't see it if You want lighter fare. This is disturbing and powerful. She controls her fear and anger while investigating and writing about the horrors.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Great acting, Intense

See it if documentary style drama about a Russian journalist who covered the Chechen War & was assassinated; strong female character; unique staging

Don't see it if don't want to hear disturbing stories about the horrors of war; don't like actors speaking directly to audience

Also journalist is played by 3 different actresses, they all portray her at... Read more Read less

Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You like 'docu-plays' and can take sometimes harrowing details about real events. You will come away much more knowledgeable. Great acting.

Don't see it if You do not like staged readings of difficult, sometimes gruesome subjects in a spare space. Lighthearted it is NOT.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if if you like relevant political stories about amazing people like this reporter who died looking for truth in Russia

Don't see it if do not like political themed plays

Thought-provoking, Political, Journalism, Docu-drama

See it if Powerful story about a journalist in Chechnya, set in documentary style with impressive formal strengths (main character played by 3 actors)

Don't see it if Narratively a bit weak- a set of scenes presenting the journalist in action, though without much of an arc until the final portion.

Original, Engaging, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to learn about a dedicated journalist. The multiple actresses playing one character was very cool.

Don't see it if You are triggered by violent imagery.

Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You are interested in the story or like to see ambitious story-telling.

Don't see it if You dislike multiple actresses playing one character.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intense

See it if You like to be informed and challenged by theater. If you want to learn more about our own society through the eyes of a Russian journalist.

Don't see it if You don’t like the actors speaking directly to the audience. Or if you are a fan of Putin...

During previews
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy different experiences. This is more a documentary than a play. Very well done. Strong subject matter. Should be seen.

Don't see it if documentaries are not your preferences.

Also It is a documentary and makes audiences feel uncomfortable with its tr... Read more Read less

September 23rd, 2018
"A cool, carefully composed and frightening work...Directed with an uncompromisingly clear eye and steady hand by the gifted Lee Sunday Evans...Deploying a style that evokes Brechtian distance without its polemical fireworks, Massini aspires to what might be called a god’s eye view, as dispassion...
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September 23rd, 2018
"You'd be hard-pressed to find anything other than statements of fact in Massini's script—a format...very much in line with Politkovskaya's passionately dispassionate reporting...The overwhelming priority of 'Intractable Woman' is truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth...Evans has craf...
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September 27th, 2018
"'Intractable Woman' isn't a play in the conventional sense: There is no conflict, no real drama, just a series of terrible events as seen through the journalist's camera eye. Yet the details are so gripping that it is impossible to look away, no matter how much one may wish to. It's a tribute to...
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September 23rd, 2018
"A noble exploration of the murdered Russian journalist that is insufficiently realized for the stage...It must be assumed that the production’s lackluster presentation is the concept of director Lee Sunday Evans...The performances are in the mode of recitation rather than distinctive characteriz...
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