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TERRA FIRMA

From 91 member  reviews
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

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

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.

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

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

During previews
45
Nice set, Enthusiastic cast, Sophomoric, Boring, Not funny farce

See it if you like frivolous farces, political philosophizing & fantastical scripts.

Don't see it if you dislike boring dialog, characterizations, unfunny farces and simplistic relevance to present day politics.

During previews
40
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you are a friend or relative of one of the cast members.

Don't see it if you don't want to waste your time with nonsense.

Also I couldn't wait for the play to be over. The cast members tried very h... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Excruciating, Slow, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You want a play in the vein of the children, which is a british drama about people facing apocalyptic circumstances.

Don't see it if You want a play with a story, with drive, with characters you can get invested in.

Also Look I get the message and I understand the core ideas of the piece bu... 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)