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Intractable Woman: A Theatrical Memo on Anna Politkovskaya

2 Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting, Great staging, Intense
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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.

The New York Times

"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 dispassionate and relentless as history itself...By the end, almost without your knowing it, they have given us a profound assessment of the toll taken by witnessing and chronicling what Politkovskaya saw." Full Review

This Week in New York Blog

"Director Lee Sunday Evans does a superb job preventing the play from becoming didactic, pedantic, or just plain boring; the dialogue interplay among the three equally excellent actresses, who move chairs around in various scenes, keeps things proceeding at a fluid pace." Full Review


"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 crafted Massini's flexible piece around three women, all of whom stand firmly through their delivery of some truly gruesome information." Full Review

Theater Life

"No attempt is made to sharply differentiate one actress from the other...Never do the women drop their detached tone to project the feeling of being immediately, personally endangered…Audiences unfamiliar with the…issues will learn something…from the narrative but with very little historical information or explanation… A cleanly executed piece of docudrama…As a theatrical experience…it remains too dispassionate an account of material demanding a stronger jolt of passion." Full Review


"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 characterizations, resulting in a lack of emotional impact...This underwhelming production does not do justice to Massini’s fine writing that conveys the profound achievements of this heroic figure." Full Review

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...

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

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.

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