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 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 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 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 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
See it if excellent dramatic acting based on a true but rather unbelievable story. Thought provoking commentary on today's political landscape
Don't see it if You are not into heavy drama and loud noises (simulated explosions). If musicals and light comedy are your thing this is not your show.
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!
See it if you appreciate absurdist theater or if you are considering starting your own country
Don't see it if you have a fear of water or open spaces
Also remarkable set and the cast was excellent.
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).
See it if you love beautiful, strange, funny, poetic, wonderfully original writing that makes you think, imagine and laugh, be moved and afraid.
Don't see it if you have no desire to see proper theater!
See it if See it if you wish to see a reflection of the world in which we live today.
Don't see it if Don't see it if you do not care about art, theatre, the world as it is headed.
See it if you like absurdist works th expose RL absurdities. Why have royalty? What makes a nation, a fulfilling life? Loosely based on true story.
Don't see it if you want a consistent approach. Script is clever but confusing, repetitive, long. Mostly strg ensemble. Gr set/lighting/theater space.
See it if You want a real thinker. A futuristic farcical dystopian look at our present political and social situations. Interesting set. Good acting.
Don't see it if You don’t want to think...a lot. Not sure my interpretation is even correct...but it’s what I got...so...it’s correct for me.