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TERRA FIRMA

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Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, 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 (91)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

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
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).

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

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

69
Play not ready

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

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

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

65
Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting

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.

60
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Confusing

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.

50
Entertaining, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if Ambitious play that plays on grand schemes. Fabulous set and scoring, brief flashes of brilliance.

Don't see it if Coherence.

During previews
65
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Disappointing, Clever

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)

During previews
69
Good sets/light/sound, Needs focus, Disappointing, Repetitious, Very long

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.

Also I'm all for emerging theater companies and earnest attempts at tacklin... Read more Read less

During previews
61
Slow, Quirky, Excruciating, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You can deal with an absurd Absurdist play

Don't see it if You have a problem with slow tedious and NOISY plays.

During previews
69
Absurdist, Well acted, Repetitive, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

During previews
69
Thought-provoking, Slow, Off the beaten path, Ambitious, Absurdist

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

During previews
68
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

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.

Also Saw play because of time and location convenience and cost-and few ear... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Repetitive, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

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.

During previews
60
Quirky, Banal, Tedious, Great set, Overrated

See it if ... for the wonderful set and staging.

Don't see it if ... you are interested in an intriguing plot or intriguing character interaction.

During previews
50
Good acting, Confusing, Ambitious

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.

Also What might have been a good short play had too much repetition, needs ... Read more Read less

During previews
51
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an allegory about the disintegration of society.

Don't see it if you prefer a linear presentation.

Also The allegory was too heavy-handed. The set design was excellent.... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Overrated, Disappointing, Good staging, Great acting

See it if for good acting and nice set in modern venue with authentic sound effects.

Don't see it if by consensus very uncomfortable chairs. Overrated show in the way the script is handling subject.

During previews
65
Fine staging, Overacted, Disjointed, Historically interesting

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.

During previews
50
Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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.

During previews
69
Misfire, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Dense, Disappointing

See it if You want a fascinating situation staged clearly.

Don't see it if You want something less philosophy and more action.

Also TERRA FIRMA is a big play with big ideas but it suffers from the weigh... Read more Read less


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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Cast & Creatives (3)