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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)


Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing
Avg Score

During previews
Eventually tedious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

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

During previews
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
Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if Quirky well acted play.Fun. All actors very good

Don't see it if Want something some standard

During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Off the beaten path, Ambitious, Absurdist

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

During previews
Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying

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

Also Too long ( time that ushers tell you is incorrect, even when they insi... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

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.

Also Saw play because of time and location convenience and cost-and few ear... Read more Read less

During previews
Overrated, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see a play where people live in an alternative habitat.

Don't see it if you would be bored with a play where the scenery does not change.

During previews
Absorbing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

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.

During previews
Absurdist, Slightly preachy, Funny and sad, Memorable characters, Evocative set/costume/sound desgin

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

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Confusing

See it if into an interesting setup and a great production

Don't see it if too critical

Also This play takes a historical situation and runs with it; if only it kn... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also current political trauma and ends with the question of what will be ou... Read more Read less

During previews
Terrific political theater: godot updated to the present moment with skill and great performances and great staging. not to be missed., Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent

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

During previews
Repetitive, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

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.

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Derivative, Cliched, Ambitious

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.

During previews
Slow, Intense, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want an intense repetitive play very well acted.

Don't see it if You want something light and enjoyable.

During previews
Profound, Indulgent, Ionescan, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if The humdrum is shrouded in mystery is your cup of tea.

Don't see it if If action and plot are what you want.

During previews
Enchanting, Transporting, Humorous, Great acting, Clever

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

During previews
Quirky, Banal, Tedious, Great set, Overrated

See it if ... for the wonderful set and staging.

Don't see it if ... you are interested in an intriguing plot or intriguing character interaction.

During previews
Good acting, Confusing, Ambitious

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.

Also What might have been a good short play had too much repetition, needs ... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an allegory about the disintegration of society.

Don't see it if you prefer a linear presentation.

Also The allegory was too heavy-handed. The set design was excellent.... Read more Read less

During previews
Overrated, Disappointing, Good staging, Great acting

See it if for good acting and nice set in modern venue with authentic sound effects.

Don't see it if by consensus very uncomfortable chairs. Overrated show in the way the script is handling subject.

During previews
Fine staging, Overacted, Disjointed, Historically interesting

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.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want a topical intelligently written show with great acting.

Don't see it if You're into musicals.

During previews
Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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.

During previews
Misfire, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Dense, Disappointing

See it if You want a fascinating situation staged clearly.

Don't see it if You want something less philosophy and more action.

Also TERRA FIRMA is a big play with big ideas but it suffers from the weigh... 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)