Already closed | 1h 20m | Midtown W

My Father's Voice

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious

About the show

The Playroom Theater presents Eric Krebs' solo show inspired by letters his father wrote in the '40s while imprisoned on Ellis Island and later, when he served in the U.S. Army. More…

In 1938 Richard Krebs, a German seaman, jumped ship in Newport News, Virginia and vanished into America. In December 1940, under the pen name Jan Valtin, he published his autobiography, 'Out of the Night,' chronicling his time as a communist revolutionist serving Stalin, and later, as a Gestapo prisoner of the Third Reich, and how he finally escaped. The book became a national sensation but a few years later, he was arrested and imprisoned on Ellis Island as a possible Gestapo agent. After being acquitted, he was drafted and served the United States as a combat infantryman in the jungles in the Pacific War. Using a cache of recently discovered letters, his son, Eric, shares his father's passion, beauty, and despair in the period between 1942 and 1945.

1h 20m | Already closed | The Playroom Theater (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (14)


Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious
Avg Score

Compelling story, Well-written letters, Low-key presentation, Needs re-shaping, Intimate setting

See it if you're fascinated by WWII. The host reads aloud from his father's well-written letters. The interesting content needs more shaping and edits

Don't see it if you want real acting. Eric is just a regular guy reading. MFV would gain power from more structure. The Ellis Island portion is too long.

Profound, Refreshing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if This was an interesting play, an amateur reading letters re ww2.If you like this kind of play that remembers a family member.

Don't see it if could be slow at times, not to see if you do not like a play where a person talks about letters from family member.

Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting

See it if want to get a glimpse of a Father engulfed in world conflict in the 20th Century . Eric Krebs not known as an actor tells an excellent tale

Don't see it if It is a one man show.It is 90 minutes or so, It is only performed on Mondays.

Also It makes one think about the US actions even today, I myself do not en... Read more Read less

Great writing, Ambitious, Charming, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like beautiful writing. Although most of the show is read from letters, the performer is most charming when he speaks to the audience.

Don't see it if being read to puts you to sleep. The letters are beautiful and well read but listening is a sort of "story time" before bed experience.

Interesting and (mostly) absorbing., Slow and long; needs considerable tightening., Eric is likable and comfortable in front of an audience., There's a lot of good and touching material here., Thought-provoking.

See it if You want to hear a non-actor read his father's beautiful letters to his mom about his astonishing life experiences and two world wars.

Don't see it if Want polished performance/production, don't want play to be read from a script, don't like war stories, 100 mins, solo show. Still good, tho

Also This is a very compelling evening which needs more directorial and pro... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Personal history treasure, Absorbing

See it if you want to hear some very well written letters from a man with an extraordinary background. Eric shares treasure trove of his dad's letters

Don't see it if can't sit still for two hours of reading without any multi-media, staging, etc.

Also I would be over the top if I found letters of this caliber left by my ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you love history and want to hear a well written (from the days when people wrote letters) of life on Ellis Island and in the Philippines.

Don't see it if you are looking for musical comedy entertainment. These well written letters are a treasure. Oh for the days before email.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if Eric shares his father's letters about his experiences during world war II. They are beautiful and moving. However they are not a play.

Don't see it if you're expecting a finished play. However, the letters are very moving and give a strong sense of time and place.

Also The project needs careful shaping to transition into a drama.I hope Er... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you are interested in unusual story about a fascinating person.

Don't see it if you do not like factual stories of the past.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like history. This was very personal as it was about the actor's father. Very interesting story and well done!

Don't see it if If you don't like being read to.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Slow

See it if you would enjoy watching someone read excerpt's from his father's insightful WW II letters .

Don't see it if you want to see a carefully orchestrated production

Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy

See it if Well done. Lead actor was fantastic.

Don't see it if Role played by daughter was weaker than it should be

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to hear a good story about a special man. The production is no frills, informal, intimate and worth seeing. Recommended.

Don't see it if you prefer polished productions with fancy staging, a big cast, lights and effects. There are none - just one guy telling a great story.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing, History repeats

See it if Are you a history nerd? 1930 to 1942?

Don't see it if South Pacific War reminiscence too strong for you.

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