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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
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Avg Score

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

77
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like surreal shows that deal in metaphors for life.

Don't see it if You were looking for a story drawn from real life.

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.

70
Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

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!

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

71
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Clever

See it if you love a new, exciting theatre company.

Don't see it if You don't love a Beckett Play.

82
Relevant, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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.

97
Profound, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

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).

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.

100
Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

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!

Also The performances are across the board wonderful, the set is magnificen... Read more Read less

84
Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Absorbing

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.

During previews
79
Strong acting, Thought-provoking, Absurdist, Clever, Ambitious

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.

Also An impressive first offering fr The Coop. Sophisticated, intelligent, ... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Quirky, Absorbing, Relevant

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.

Also This was good. I can’t say it was great because I’m not even sure I go... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Dystopian, Allegorical, Absurd, Thought-provoking

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.

Also The people behind the new theater troupe THE COOP were involved over t... Read more Read less

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
75
Great staging, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Funny

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.

Also I never know about this little island. The acting was good. The story ... Read more Read less

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
70
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in a different take on an actual historical situation which has certain relevance to issues of today.

Don't see it if you only like musicals and comedies.

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
70
Philosophical, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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

Also I thought this was a good idea and enjoyed the dialogue. I just wish t... Read more Read less

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
73
Slow, Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if An interesting play about the current situation of humanity. Loud noise and very uncomfortable seats make for a long one act play.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer a light straight forward play.

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.


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)