Shadow of Heroes
Closed 2h 30m
Shadow of Heroes
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Shadow of Heroes NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(14 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

About the Show

Metropolitan Playhouse's revival follows the intertwined lives of three friends and lovers from the liberation of Hungary from the Nazis in 1945 to its invasion by the Soviet army in 1956.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (14)

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297 Reviews | 78 Followers
90
Amazing nite @ the theater / highly recommended, Very well-staged & blocked / great sound-effects, Long (fast-paced) / absorbing / thought-provoking, Historic / informative / relevant / riveting / captivating, Excellent book / powerful intense performances

See it if historic &/or fact-based shows are your thing. High-drama here, fascinating & weirdly nostalgic, conjuring up memories of HS History class.

Don't see it if you prefer lite shows, & aren't into world history or politics, factual stories of Nazism, Communism, espionage, betrayal, torture, etc. Read more

88 Reviews | 6 Followers
86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a historical play in an intimate setting about Hungary from liberation in 1944 to soviet invasion in 1956.

Don't see it if you are not interested in political plays, deeply troubling stories of betrayal and opportunism as well as a play 3h long. Read more

247 Reviews | 61 Followers
86
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if you are interested in the life of several Hungarian people from 1945-56 or more generally how power can lead to corruption and betrayal.

Don't see it if you are not interested in historical plays or serious matters or if you are not patient enough to watch an almost 3-hour play. Read more

802 Reviews | 253 Followers
85
Epic, Absorbing, Intelligent, Historical, Disturbing

See it if 3 idealists help the USSR take Hungary from Hitler, only to be oppressed by the Soviet occupation. Devastatingly personal view of history.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in watching carefully researched history come to life. 5 acts, 2.5 hrs. Effects of police state, betrayal, torture.

120 Reviews | 40 Followers
85
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like revival of historical and political plays. this one by the little off off Broadway Metropolitan Playhouse which always mount great

Don't see it if you do not like lengthy historical plays Read more

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if Roe's sterling production of Ardrey's dramatic epic of post Nazi Hungary & later uprising Taut staging, excellent ensemble highlight evening

Don't see it if Long evening (close to 3 hrs) w/exposition plot points slowing pacing Some confusion w/multiple casting & political alliances Still gripping

106 Reviews | 26 Followers
79
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the history & communist occupation of Eastern Block Countries, specifically Budapest Hungary.

Don't see it if "Absolute power corrupts absolutely" could be the motto for this obscure rarely produced play, its a cautionary tale of power and corruption

301 Reviews | 39 Followers
78
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You care about the ways in which even well-meaning people are corrupted by power and how idealism can fail by degrees.

Don't see it if It's long, it's depressing, it has an onstage narrator, and it has some pretty tough to watch depictions of violence. Caveat emptor.

Critic Reviews (4)

Theatermania
November 15th, 2018

"A heroic revival...Its crystalline voice reverberates into our own time, causing chills...The metatheatrical conceit of having a character named 'Author' step in and provide context works exceptionally well...Roe takes full advantage of this device in his minimalist staging...The performances powerfully resurrect these historical figures...This isn't just the stale 'relevant' theater of yesteryear, but a devastating record of the kind of cruelty and courage that echoes throughout human history."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 19th, 2018

"In Alex Roe's cleanly staged, generally well-acted production, this story exerts a terrible fascination, demonstrating as it does the uses of power to maintain the status quo behind a Potemkin village façade of social progress...Seen at a distance of half a century, it retains its power, especially given how Hungary has once again fallen into the hands of a neo-fascist strongman."
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TheaterScene.net
November 26th, 2018

"Metropolitan Playhouse demonstrates that his 'Shadow of Heroes' is a durable play that is both relevant and timely yet again as we go through a period of political and right wing turmoil. While it might be easier to follow with a larger cast filling the 30 roles, Alex Roe's production is both trenchant and illuminating as it recounts recent history that many of us may never have known. If we don't learn from the past, we will be condemned to repeat it."
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Off Off Online
November 21st, 2018

“A gripping and sad tale...It brings to life the true story of László and Rajk, Marxist leaders in the Hungarian resistance during World War II...The portrait of Hungarians living under a totalitarian government is well wrought in Ardrey’s gripping 1958 drama...The Author adeptly narrates the historical events, and there are many to follow, as the story outlines how politics is played like a chess game.”
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