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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
72
Avg Score

During previews
75
Needs to be tightened, Clever, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to support a new theater company doing important work. Also see it if you like impressive design and strong acting.

Don't see it if If you want traditional pieces and don’t like apocalyptic themes.

During previews
100
Ambitious, Intense, Refreshing

See it if wonderful acting with a great script that asks you to engage from the first scene

Don't see it if no music and need to bring your mind

During previews
76
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You want to see a good play while sitting in tortuously painful folding chairs.

Don't see it if You are not capable of sitting uncomfortably for well over an hour.

Also I felt sorry for the actors having to perform in front of a suffering... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Intelligent, Relevant, Funny, Ambitious, Excellent acting

See it if You like theater based on true events, want to journey through the birth of a nation, enjoy dystopian societies, like the movie Water World

Don't see it if You're in the mood for a musical, something lively, not interested in what it means to be a society or a nation

Also Good staging and lighting on a small platform, actors were on point, s... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Overwritten, Refreshing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want to support terrific artist launching a company who did a fab Sense & Sensibility

Don't see it if You don't enjoy language driven work

During previews
64
Great staging, Dated, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Great set design and ensemble acting

Don't see it if I get the metaphor of a crew on a raft formulating societal mores and laws but I just could not engage with the characters.

During previews
70
Quirky, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you’re interested in new work and enjoy heightened reality

Don't see it if you’re lookin for something fast-paces

Also A thought provoking piece executed masterfully by a new company. The a... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Dated, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Very fine actors, most particularly Andrus Nichols as the Queen. The writing is intelligent but so grim.

Don't see it if You hate apocalyptic plays and Beckett-like characters,

During previews
79
Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see excellent actors in a well-staged play that is thought provoking and often very funny.

Don't see it if you are expecting a light comedy.

Also The actors and set were outstanding. But at times, the play seemed a b... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like really great acting and a story that doesn’t make you want to nod off or sit there and think about something else.

Don't see it if You don’t want to give a new company a shot. It’s a tough climate but the coop is bringing it!

During previews
49
Excruciating, Slow, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You want a play in the vein of the children, which is a british drama about people facing apocalyptic circumstances.

Don't see it if You want a play with a story, with drive, with characters you can get invested in.

Also Look I get the message and I understand the core ideas of the piece bu... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy politically charged shows. A thought provoking show about who runs a nation. Well written!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows that lack set variety and musical numbers.

During previews
97
Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see extraordinarily great acting. There is vibrant poignancy, beauty, wit, bravery and heroism throughout the play.

Don't see it if not sure what reason there is not to see it...

During previews
90
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You’re in the mood for Beckett, but warmer — the family dynamics and camaraderie lend a sweetness to it. Beautiful acting.

Don't see it if You want a big Broadway movie musical. Again, it’s like Beckett — more existentialism (though not pretentious!) than flash.

Also The world building is rich and there’s some excellent clown work. The ... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to laugh, cry, and think. It's a show that dabbles in the absurd, but nails the poignancy of our complicated present moment.

Don't see it if You don't like theatrical worlds and existential questions

During previews
92
Relevant, Profound, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like great writing and great acting about extremely topical material. It's a brilliant world they have created. Revelatory and profound.

Don't see it if you want direct, simple answers to life's most profound and complex questions.


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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