Ensemble Studio Theatre & The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation present the word premiere play that dramatizes Stanley Milgram’s infamous social psychology experiments from the 1960s, capturing the personal side of human research. More…
At Yale in the early 1960s, Professor Stanley Milgram's "obedience experiments" test how cruel people can be when they are just following orders. Milgram gets the data he needs, but the lab assistant who conducted the experiment is left to grapple with his own responsibility. Weaving in an historically separate incident, playwright Frank Basloe dramatizes a campus scandal in order to burrow deeper into the ways conformity can push us to act against our conscience.
See it if you enjoy challenging theater, history of psychology, Yale history, human behavior, historic scandals, clever playwrighting
Don't see it if repulsed by fraternity sexual misbehavior, flawed main characters takinge advantage of others, object to human psychology experiments
See it if you intelligent theatre that is well-acted and directed. This is the type of play that you can discuss for hours afterwards. Kudos to EST!
Don't see it if you are not interested in intelligent, thought-provoking plays.
See it if you like to be challenged to think "would I do that??"
Don't see it if You don't see shows longer than 90 minutes.
See it if You enjoy a wise and thoughtful script that resonates long after you leave the theater. A timely play about morality and responsability.
Don't see it if You want to see a comedy.
See it if you're interested in psychology, and in a controversial human experiment. You appreciate stellar acting, and pieces set in 1960s America.
Don't see it if You don't like dialogue heavy plays with little music and action.
See it if Like psych/neuroscience and history, appreciate the inherently theatrical setup of the Milgram, to support art in science/science in art
Don't see it if Looking for a polished, complete product, or for consistently professional talent, don't sit in the side seats; the radiator is thunderous
See it if You enjoy well-acted dramatizations of actual events that delve deeply into the messed up psychology of the human race.
Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for psychology or religious angst.
See it if you are interested in events that show a very dark side of humanity. Very few people know about these experiments and they're terrifying.
Don't see it if you are looking for subtle, nuanced writing. The play covers the material in a very "then this happened" manner. I missed the horror of it.
See it if question of following orders has long been one which perplexes society. This examines it a personal/group view, with uncomfortable results
Don't see it if you don't want to think about that question of 'what would you do'?'
See it if you are interested in psychology and enjoy thinking about why we do the things we do.
Don't see it if you are looking for a light theater experience.
See it if It was informative, provocative, and very well done. The acting company, the direction, and the set was excellent.
Don't see it if if you don;t like thought provoking issue driven plays.
See it if you like thought-provoking theatre; are interested in the examination of human nature, psychology and historical events; great directing
Don't see it if big musicals with alot of action and set changes
See it if Good performances by an engaging cast. Compelling subject manner told in a riveting manner.
Don't see it if A somewhat less compelling B-plot that parallels the A-plot is unnecessarily intrusive. The theatre is kind of a hike from the subway.
See it if You want to have great conversations about ethics with your friends, and are okay with being very uncomfortable due to good psychodrama.
Don't see it if You want a show that's more entertaining than thought-provoking, have no stomach for uncomfortable situations, or aren't interested in psych
See it if enjoy dramatic plays based on real events. Great acting in an intimate space. Enjoy psychology & pondering issues related to human behavior
Don't see it if you don't like facts rearranged to be fictitious. being up close to the actors. Don't enjoy plays questioning human motivations.
See it if plays as well-reasoned and crisply presented as an entertaining social science lecture satisfy you.
Don't see it if you find a play without theatricality and innovation akin to torture. Please Continue lacks the buzz of electric stimulation.
See it if you like thought provoking drama. Intertwining of events that speak to our obedience to authority and mob mentality; stays with you.
Don't see it if Don't want to be introspective or to expend the energy to get to an out of the way theater even though the play is worth the effort
See it if you like exploring the human psyche; you don't mind a slightly slower-paced show; you don't mind "period" patois and speech patterns.
Don't see it if you have a low attention span and need everything delivered quickly; you have no patience for endings that don't wrap everything up tidily.
See it if Big surprise; well acted; excellent story & held my attention for entire show. Show deserves a better space to create an even bigger impact
Don't see it if You don't like a lousy theatre space with a clanging heater and a lot of dialogue with little action and no humor
See it if you want a play addressing weighty matters of human nature, morality, guilt, and conformity. Nice marriage of (social) science and religion.
Don't see it if you desire diversity. It's set in the social vacuum of Yale in the early 60's: young, white, privileged, male.