Ends Nov 10 | 1h 45m | Gramercy

TERRA FIRMA

From 80 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

About the show

In a not-so-distant Beckettian future, years after The Big War, a tiny kingdom wrestles with the problems of running a nation, sparring with the concepts of what makes a citizen, a country, and a civilization. More…

From the show:

TERRA FIRMA is set in a not-so-distant Beckettian future–years after a conflict known as the Big War, in which a tiny kingdom wrestles with the problems of running a nation–and opposing notions of what makes a citizen, a country, and a civilization. The play is inspired by a real-life event and its aftermath: In 1960’s Britain, a retired WWII army major claimed an abandoned aircraft platform in international waters off the coast of Essex as his own sovereign nation, planted his flag, and coined a motto, E Mare Libertas! (From the Sea, Freedom!). TERRA FIRMA was originally a commission for the Royal Court Theatre, the premiere venue for new writing in the UK. This production is co-presented with Baruch Performing Arts Center. 


Member Reviews (80)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing
71
Avg Score

80
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if u'd like an unconventional comedy (think Beckett/Ionesco/Monty Python/Gilligan's Island mashup) about isolationism, nationalism & autocracy.

Don't see it if u haven't enjoyed the works of Bedlam, from which The COOP has largely been formed; u prefer ur politics unequivocal, not allegorical.

Also Terra Firma is astonishingly based (loosely, I presume!) on a real sto... Read more Read less

70
Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Production values & edgy acting - all top-notch - save this existential drama from calling an SOS A four star production for a two star play

Don't see it if This doomsday allegory starts out strong - Beckett overtones mixed w/a gallows humor But it attains its ideas quickly & then stalls at sea

83
Indulgent, Entertaining, Great ensemble work, Highly original, Quirky

See it if innovative, imaginative ensemble work excites you. The performers are magical together.

Don't see it if your willing suspension of disbelief isn't fully engaged. Not a lot of back story given.

83
Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy Gilligan's Island. You want to see a powerhouse cast of theater veterans (including Broadway) try to survive & build a new land.

Don't see it if You don't have earplugs, as there are several loud booms (which are explained later) that will startle; fireworks are very loud too. 1hr45.

Also Found this way more fun and involving than a Beckett play. Folding cha... Read more Read less

49
Disappointing, Great staging, Excruciating, Enthusiastic acting, Confusing

See it if You know someone in the cast or want to see some interesting staging. Sometimes funny.

Don't see it if You want a story that makes sense. I had no idea what any character wanted. It was confusing and exhausting

66
Indulgent, Long, A miss

See it if For the program notes. The true story is interesting. Explosions are very effective.

Don't see it if Not truly absurd for absurdism, not compelling at all for a drama, not funny enough for a comedy.

Also I feel like the playwright so wanted to write about this topic but cou... Read more Read less

66
Interesting set, Ok acting, Boring, Muddled, Meandering

See it if You want to see another dystopian allegorical play about the politics of today.

Don't see it if You don't care about politics or if you are startled by loud noises (of which there are many).

60
Slow, Indulgent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Fantastic imagining of a true story, with a fabulous set and good acting, the parallel to the Tempest interesting but the actual play boring

Don't see it if Nothing happens in a very long shipwrecked family saga --time expands and never ends

Also Based on the true story of the Principality of Sealand, a crazy almost... Read more Read less

66
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you have patience for muddled story-telling, you like doomsday theater, you like absurdist theater

Don't see it if you want actors who can project their voices, you want a developed storyline

Also The characters were unrelatable, but the worst part was that the actor... Read more Read less

80
Smart, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Drew me in, kept me interested, made me guess how it would end.

Don't see it if One has to care about what is happening

70
Great staging, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in interesting thoughts about what makes up - a nation, - a constitution, a citizen? Utopian but based on a true incident

Don't see it if you can not sit still for ~100 mins without an intermission. The play is a bit repetitious and could probably be shortened by 10 - 15 mins.

67
Good acting, Great set, Half baked

See it if Like nodding at name checks of "human condition" and "topical" metaphors. To see Andrus Nichols get paid.

Don't see it if Looking for deeper engagement with themes, clear narrative plot, resolution. Want development and coherence on top of great characterization

80
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You like good acting and writing and are not bothered by absurdity. The show does a lot within the limitations of the narrative.

Don't see it if You seek resolutions or don’t care for existential themes.

68
Ambitious, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to support an ambitious new work by a brand new theater company. Very good acting.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a quirky show

72
Well-designed!, Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like a theatre of ideas with characters who are based on dialecticals, mostly men onstage, dystopian themes & some violence & absurdity.

Don't see it if you want character-based family drama or Naturalism - this is not that. I expected more Beckett/Absurdity, but this doesn't quite manage it.

48
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You follow the work by the people who produced "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice". This was a huge disappointment. Just bad.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit for an hour and forty five minutes ruing there is no intermission forcing you to be subjected to terrible writing.

55
Missed, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to try to figure out the point they are getting across you like to see nice acting at Baruch college

Don't see it if you want to see something with some excitement.. this just dragged for us

Also we felt that they did not do a good job at getting their point across ... Read more Read less

77
Confusing, Great staging, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Cutting edge theatre, so beautifully acted, however the play itself doesn’t quite bring it home with the allegory it seems to want to make

Don't see it if Absurdist or new plays

70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if like plays with absurdist elements that present challenging themes.

Don't see it if you like straightforward realistic comedies and dramas.

70
Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if ...you want to support a wonderful new theatre company who is doing engaging and stimulating work!

Don't see it if ...you don't want to be reminded of the political climate we live in and face the reality out there!

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like surreal shows that deal in metaphors for life.

Don't see it if You were looking for a story drawn from real life.

40
Disappointing, Ambitious, Banal, Confusing

See it if You want a jumping off point to learn about sea land which is actually super interesting.

Don't see it if This piece encapsulates everything that’s wrong with theatre. No plot. Characters not grounded in reality. Way too long.

Also The actors really gave it their all and while I admire that, I gotta s... Read more Read less

97
Profound, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you love Beckett, Albee and/or Ionesco.

Don't see it if You have a hard time sitting for longer than 90 minutes (the show is about 100 minutes long with no intermission).

49
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you'd like a metaphysical depiction of civilization and its problems

Don't see it if Despite the fact that this is based on a true situation, the production never achieves any degree of believability.

Also The playwright doesn't lay the groundwork of the situation and consequ... Read more Read less

71
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Clever

See it if you love a new, exciting theatre company.

Don't see it if You don't love a Beckett Play.


October 10th, 2019
"In ‘Terra Firma,’ a Wee Wet Country on the Brink: This inaugural offering from the Coop squeezes whimsy, character comedy and ecological allegory into one crowded play."
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October 10th, 2019
"The inaugural production of the COOP, of which Nichols is the artistic director, 'Terra Firma' achieves only some of the many things it wants to."
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October 10th, 2019
"'Terra Firma' Imagines a Tiny Country Surviving the Rising Waters: Barbara Hammond's world-premiere play marks the dawning of the Coop, a new off-Broadway theater company."
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October 15th, 2019
"Barbara Hammond's 'TERRA FIRMA' Takes It's Cue From A Quirky Bit of International Politics"
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