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 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 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 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 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 The physical production and staging are first-rate, and the acting, overall, was outstanding.
Don't see it if It's a dull play lacking in humor or insight. As a political allegory, it's a confusing and non-specific one, given the state of the world.
See it if you're interested in allegories about climate change. Some great performances including Andrus Nichols, Tom O'Keefe and John Keating.
Don't see it if you're easily confused by unclear staging.
See it if Effort by the cast. Always enjoy Keating. Baruch has a nice theater space. Talk-back always a plus.
Don't see it if Although based on a true tale. somehow it did not work for us,, Avoid front row (high stage)
See it if Want to see an apocalyptic vision (based on true story) of people trying to define country, civilization and hope for the future. Ambitious.
Don't see it if Don't like no-break 100 mins in VERY uncomfortable seat. Want any char development, compelling story. Don't like sudden VERY loud noises.
See it if want to support a new theater company with a game cast of actors in an ambitious show. Very good set. Well intentioned.
Don't see it if Promise is unfulfilled. Story based on a real incident, is muddled & repetitive.
See it if you like some unusual and semi-odd plays
Don't see it if you don't want to think to enjoy a play, this is a thinker and ideas aren't spelled out; you aren't following along with current events
See it if good acting,good set, absurd plot--somewhat interesting relevant topic relating to our society.
Don't see it if Don't like amateurish theater.If want truly well written thought provoking play -this is slow, tiresome, repetitious.
See it if Acting & set were pleasing. Direction needs major revision.Some scenes lost it's moments due to repetitive actions.Explosions kept me awake.
Don't see it if If you don't like slow pace plays or loud explosions.
Also It was free but I probably touched a different value and can't fix it.
See it if u want 2 support,Coop, a new theater company founded by Kate Hamill & A. Nichols that has great promise. Good acting, interesting staging
Don't see it if u do not like Beckettian apocalyptic plays in progress that try 2 convey too many themes creating a big muddle.
See it if you like plays that are based on true events, especially a bit of obscure history that you'd be unlikely to know but which has relevance.
Don't see it if you want a well-crafted psychological drama about national identity and social responsibility. The message is lost in mediocre metaphor.
See it if Want to see excellent actors (Andrus is wonderful) decently directed - wasting their time with a helpless play.
Don't see it if Value your time. A train wreck of an ersatz-dystopia play that never comes alive. Can’t be saved by the actors who gamely try.