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 want to see good actors doing their best with an uneven, overlong script. Nice set. Some effective moments. Definitely Beckett-like.
Don't see it if you get bored with slow-moving, minimal and repetitive plots. Show is overlong and eventually dull. I was squirming in my uncomfortable seat
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
See it if Support to the new theatre, like the plot, can recognize hints toward current politica situation; expect a comedy
Don't see it if Do not like to see and to feel despair on stage and repetative dialogs. Sounds are realistic but too loud - not for the nervous people
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.
See it if you want a play that's based on a true story about a family that establishes it's own nation.
Don't see it if you like a play with a straightforward plot; also some of the sound effects are jarring.
See it if you'd like an absurdist play about how and why to keep living when everything seems awful. Reminded me of The Children
Don't see it if you won't laugh at humor in a bleak world; you need a through-line story with resolution
See it if You are fascinated by existential story telling with a hint of Stephen King. Begs the question what is a nation which lends itself to our
Don't see it if You dislike very intense plays and the feeling of hopelessness when it ends.
See it if you enjoy political theater unafraid of the awful truth with some laughs to leaven the darkness
Don't see it if you want to be entertained
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.
See it if You like post apocalypse stories. Themes similar to The Children with a lot of absurdism. Well acted, well staged. Derivative.
Don't see it if You like stories with more forward motion. Repetitive. This could have been a good 40 minute one act. Needs editing.
See it if The actors do great work, be transported to another place at sea but see characters face the same things we do in our nation, British humor
Don't see it if Looking for flashy work, this show is not necessarily for entertainment’s sake, no hot takes or hot button issues, themes are subtle
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.
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.
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.