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 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.
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 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 ...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 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.
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.
See it if you’d like to see an intriguing, imperfect inaugural effort from a new company that brings together lots of talented theater practitioners.
Don't see it if you are looking for a realistic play.
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 People 4 living on a small island and explosives going of around them. They are paranoid someone is out to get them.
Don't see it if If you want a clear story of what happening.
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 you like meditations and extended metaphors on nation building, government, social evolution. Good cast.
Don't see it if u want to be shocked; uninterested in questions at the beginning/end of civilization that determine everything after/judge everything before
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 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.