The Dreyfus Affair
Closed 2h 40m
The Dreyfus Affair

The Dreyfus Affair NYC Reviews and Tickets

(11 Ratings)
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Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Ensemble for the Romantic Century presents a work inspired by the life of 19th-century French Jewish artillery officer Captain Alfred Dreyfus, who was wrongfully convicted of treason.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (11)

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115 Reviews | 61 Followers
Ambitious! a unique theatrical/musical/history-laden event. serious. somber, real and instructive. a sincere, smart, passionate telling of the anti-semiticism and the atrocities of the alfred dreyfus persecution., I will remember this unique theater/music/history event!, Absorbing, Profound

See it if A multi-theatrical event which includes a classical music 'concert' within it. Warm, strong, serious history tale. I'm so very glad I went!

Don't see it if Serious, somber classical music and theater does not work for you.

209 Reviews | 25 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Want to revisit the Dryfuss Affair in a unique many faceted media production. Enjoy chamber music. Serious historical Narrative

Don't see it if Not able to deal with serious historical dramas. Only looking for fluff Read more

800 Reviews | 252 Followers
Epic, Exquisite, Slow, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if Non-traditional format that alternates between historical biographical drama scenes and classical music performance.

Don't see it if The characters suffered and emoted but I wasn't moved by them. I learned a lot about the history and enjoyed the music.

444 Reviews | 89 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if Beautiful production of the historical Dreyfus Affair with lovely accompanying classical music and singing. Extremely talented cast!

Don't see it if If you are not interested in historical dramas and classical music.

200 Reviews | 24 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Enjoy multi media shows that include live classical music and are interested in the Dreyfus Affair. Unusually different!

Don't see it if Don't like multi media shows and are not interested in the Dreyfus Affair.

444 Reviews | 79 Followers
Great singing, Intelligent, Unusual, unique, multi-media

See it if You like chamber music and are interested in learning more about the Dreyfus affair. Music, singing, acting, dancing and projections combine

Don't see it if You are not OK with relatively long music and dance interruptions in the plot.

202 Reviews | 39 Followers
Ambitious, Great musicians, Confusing, Relevant, Poor writting

See it if important historical events interest you. Appreciate wonderful musical interludes. Don't know the Dreyfus story. It's an important one.

Don't see it if Want character development. Trying to cram in lots of info. the actors aren't given much to develop an emotional attachment with audience. Read more

56 Reviews | 14 Followers
2 hrs. and 40 minutes torturing dreyfus and me in the audience

See it if you're a masochist. Musicians excellent. You have good lower body circulation, my butt fell asleep. Over Acting is your 'thing' it's here.

Don't see it if You like a good script...this important story gets short shifted. You have a comfortable chair at may miss it at this production Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
April 30th, 2017

"A deep sense of anxiety is established from the very beginning of this hybrid of concert and theater...Zola’s passion provides welcome fire to a show that otherwise hews to a calm, even-keeled tone, exemplified by Mr. von Essen’s sober performance. Much of the emotion is supplied by the musical selections, which both illustrate and comment on the story, and are not necessarily from the actual Dreyfus era—a conceptual gambit that can be just as distracting as illuminating."
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Theatre is Easy
May 1st, 2017

"Many individual elements of this production are very strong, especially the talent of the musicians and actors...The show’s overarching direction seems to err on the side of style over immediacy…The play does much to stylize and theatricalize the events of ‘The Dreyfus Affair,’ but very little to dramatize them…Though the production is not without its particular lapses in storytelling, it is a fine example of historic, intellectual drama, capable of provoking thought."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 3rd, 2017

'The Dreyfus Affair' attempts to tell the entire story through expository speeches, dramatic scenes, multimedia projections, operatic song and often excessively long orchestral pieces. It’s no easy feat, and the attempt is probably ill-advised. For while there are gorgeous moments from a supremely talented cast and musicians, the lulls in the story are too frequent and too disengaging...The parts simply didn’t add up to a whole."
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May 3rd, 2017

"The performances are restrained, which is a wise choice given the inherent melodrama of the story. The music, however, is powerfully emotive, and performed with intense vitality…Other than the two main characters of Dreyfus and his defender, Zola, there is little depth or nuance to any of the characterizations…Overall the production could use some serious nip and tuck…Everything seems to go on just a bit too long. But the music, the singing, and the lead performances are marvelous.”
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