Already closed | 2h 15m | Chelsea

No End of Blame

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Great writing

About the show

The Potomac Theatre Project revives Howard Barker's epic about the combustible relationship between the artist and the state, and the power and responsibility of the artist. More…

Brilliant Hungarian political cartoonist Bela Veracek flees his home country at the end of WWI to the newly emergent Soviet Union and, later, to England. He's constantly at odds with both the governments he lampoons and the newspapers that admire his talent but expect conformity and absolute submission. Performed in Repertory with 'Good.'

2h 15m | Already closed | Atlantic Theater Stage Two (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (15)


Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Great writing
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if love great acting and a story that had to be told.. we saw it for the first time and are impressed by this group of actors

Don't see it if if you cant handle some serious politcal problems from the past and perhaps the future......

Sometimes you sit in a small dark room with 25 people and something magical happens

See it if /for brilliant play showing conflict between artist and society thru personal history of political cartoonist at iconic 20th century moments

Don't see it if play does not catch fire til 2nd act; once it does it is weighty-poetic-mordantly funny; w/ little fanfare play/lead ADraper are marvelous

Intelligent, Banal, Dated, Edgy, Slow

See it if you like an intelligent, arrogant, honest, unlikable protagonist and/or a political story.

Don't see it if you want to see well rounded characters other than the lead, a fast paced/attention grabbing drama and intricate sets.

Slow, Mediocre staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a less-than-average production of a play by Howard Barker. Acting is generally mediocre as is the staging.

Don't see it if you do not like intelligent theatre. Also, if you do not like spotty acting. This production resembles a not-very-good college performance.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if similar to Oslo, much more available history on the context. Much more abstract but similar commentary on changing world politics.

Don't see it if At times too busy. You don't like multiple roles per actor. You want a concrete point of view, a hero who "believes" rather than comments.

Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy narratives that span decades and follow one character through a large portion of his life. And political/social commentary.

Don't see it if You struggle with heavier dramas, or anything that could be described as unsettling.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like great acting and a smart fast moving storyline

Don't see it if a play that spans 50 years and can be confusing to exactly place the timing

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if following the life of one character who pushes the boundaries at each turn of life.

Don't see it if you want great clarity from your main character.

Absorbing, Dizzying, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if can stay fully focus on a lot of dense material packed into the run time. Be prepared for gunshots and a lot of yelling.

Don't see it if Your not able to focus and want something light and easy. If you have a headache I suggest you go another time. It can be very loud.

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow, Great writing

See it if You like vignettes and unclear story telling

Don't see it if You need a straight forward plot and hate sometimes questionable directing choices

Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You're interested in human stories of censorship and what it means to give up your freedom of expression.

Don't see it if You don't care about human struggles

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in a life story of a Czech cartoonist superbly acted.

Don't see it if you don't like theater that makes you think.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You are interested

Don't see it if Youre not

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like cerebral theater which challenges your mind, has a strong point of view and excellent acting.

Don't see it if you don't like to think about what you have seen; you don't like shows in which one actor portrays multiple characters; you dislike violence

During previews
Dated, Original, Quirky, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if you like seeing shows that are off-the-beaten track, that show a playwright's decidedly unique and non-conforming voice

Don't see it if do not like scripts that show their age (particularly in its sexism), or want a fast-paced show with a very clear meaning.

July 17th, 2016
“The shock arrives at the start of Act II, when a production that was listless through much of Act I comes suddenly to life, and mostly stays that way. Thank goodness, because Alex Draper’s tender, supple lead performance had been desperate for lively company...It is as if Mr. Draper has finally ...
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July 15th, 2016
"Potomac Theatre Project loves this piece: It appeared in the first season 30 years ago, and I saw its very fine 2007 revival. 'No End' feels even keener this time. Romagnoli has sanded away rough edges, leaving superb performances, particularly David Barlow as Bela’s longtime friend and Valerie ...
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July 13th, 2016
"It charts the life of Hungarian political cartoonist Bela in a meaningfully sympathetic way without succumbing to sentimentality…Barker gets beyond the cliché of the uncompromising artist…Draper's performance (prominently featuring a sly smile and observant eyes) makes Vera downright likable, no...
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July 18th, 2016
"'No End of Blame' never fully relinquishes its grip, and under Richard Romagnoli's direction, an excellent cast delivers Barker's most mordant observations with deadly accuracy. As Bela, Alex Draper provides the play with a solid anchoring center...'No End of Blame' isn't quite a total success; ...
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