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.
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.
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
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.
See it if A fledgling UK isle nation of slab and concrete in a sea of chaos under watery attack, forges a constitution to serve both cog and citizen.
Don't see it if Blasts on a well-built stage. "A nation under attack has the right to go on/A nation's ideals are only as pure as the souls of its citizens"
Also "All nations yearn for peace and the day that peace comes to stay"
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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
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.
See it if You want to have some fun. It's laughable, interesting, full of actions. I would imagine what's like the end of the world may be from here.
Don't see it if You prefer something more serious, or dramatic.
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
See it if you want to see a beautiful set, actors working hard, interesting ideas, a company that is trying hard to do interesting stuff
Don't see it if you want to see a play that is coherent. So many interesting ideas but not formed into a play that works hence audience is left drowning
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.
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
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.
See it if you like quirky, well-written, smart, possibly end-of-the-world, absurdist plays
Don't see it if you don't like all of the above. But, really... this is so smart!
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.
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
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