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The Good Earth

From 82 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

About the show

Direct from its hit run in the U.K. comes Motherlode Theatre's drama about a Welsh community torn apart by its council, big business, and, eventually, its people. More…

Facing pressure from the local council to move when a new development is proposed, a small group of ardent Welsh villagers decides to fight back. Developed in residency in Wales' Rhondda Valley with one of the few remaining ex-mining halls, this vibrant piece is inspired by real-life events, and features rousing Welsh folk songs and physical theater sequences.

Member Reviews (82)


Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if Great acting/writing. Creative albeit deja vu staging. Grabbing stories but not sure who author wanted me to root for. Very enjoyable.

Don't see it if Threads left unresolved are not your thing. So many Welsh (?) sung songs left me uncertain if there was something I was missing.

Disappointing, Slow, Well acted

See it if You're interested in stories of struggling families and how they try to overcome hardships in their community.

Don't see it if You don't like slower paced small intimate shows or are looking for something cheerful or energetic.

Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Slow, Great singing

See it if you enjoy listening to lilting Welsh accents and beautiful acapella singing; you have a good imagination and enjoy avant garde plays.

Don't see it if you love Broadway musicals; you don't like to listen carefully to get the lines; you dislike anything not "real" that requires imagination

Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy good acting and an interesting story in which it is not clear what is "right" and what is "wrong".

Don't see it if You have trouble with thick Welsh accents.

Ambitious, Masterful, Original, Resonant, Great acting

See it if if you like great things in small packages.

Don't see it if you have trouble with heavy dialects.

Dated, Confusing, Cliched, Intense, Great singing

See it if you like stories about Wales, good singing

Don't see it if you don't like amateur productions, lots of banging, furniture moving, and over acting.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if Actors on a basically bare stage, multiple roles w/o costume change. Talented cast, small town, harsh measures, how to fight the system.

Don't see it if You like bright, big production shows. This is all about performance and story.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Educative

See it if Have a commitment to the environment and community.

Don't see it if Dislike non-traditional presentation.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Profound, Great singing

See it if You want to be invested in a small town issue that has global implications. You will live with these people and care what happens to them.

Don't see it if You need to have things spelled out for you and fully explained. Authentic Welsh is spoken and sung at times with no translation.

Clever, Touching, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if You like complicated stories about communities and the lives of the participants.

Don't see it if You prefer your musicals fully staged, casts with minimal accents, and fully explained plot points.

Enchanting, Great acting, Profound

See it if you like good theater

Don't see it if you like comfortable chairs

Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you're interested in Wales, Welsh songs, family dramas, & more abstract staging

Don't see it if you have difficulty understanding strong Welsh accents. There's a fair amount of UK slang that might be confusing for US audiences too

Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing, Banal, Insipid

See it if Just don't bother. I have nothing good to say about this show.

Don't see it if You want to be bored out of your mind. You cannot understand a word they are saying. And what's with the singing?

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like a lot of banging and screaming. And you like to be confused beyond comprehension

Don't see it if See above!

Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you would enjoy a great ensemble cast with gorgeous Welsh voices, "working class" plays, & a brilliant performance by Gwenllian Higginson.

Don't see it if you have trouble with accents, do not like to use your imagination to help create the scenes, and prefer straightforward plays.

Great acting, Confusing, Slow

See it if you enjoy a cappella Welsh singing. The singing was the best part of the show for me, I would have liked more of it.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy highly stylized physical theater movements, no matter how well performed. The best scenes were the small, intimate ones.

Enchanting, Original, Quirky, Slow, Great singing

See it if you like a small-town story set in a foreign country; if you like beautiful acapella singing; if you enjoy nonlinear storytelling

Don't see it if you're bothered by episodic storytelling; if you're looking for deep characterization; if you have trouble understanding non-US accents

Great acting, Great directing, Intense

See it if you like good acting & directing. However the story needs more developing.

Don't see it if constantly moving furniture bothers you. Thought it was interesting in the beginning and then the motion was too much.

Simple, Honest, Heartfelt, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy straightforward stories about how families and communities can react to outside pressures. A talented company of actors. Good book

Don't see it if Low budget staging with tables and chairs. Interstitial staging between scenes weak. You don't like mood singing during plays.

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Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You like to learn about history thru storytelling with a tight ensemble with strong voices and points of view. With lovely welsh melodies.

Don't see it if You don't want to learn how strong community is. Or have trouble hearing welsh accents.

Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if A sentimental tale about a village struggling to survive in remote Welsh countryside, as new transnational developments seek to encroach.

Don't see it if you find serious, fragmented slightly agit-prop storytelling problematic

Dated, Slow

See it if you're enchanted by Welsh accents, some culturally specific folk music, and a little physical theater.

Don't see it if you're not invested in the property rights of rural townspeople. The characters aren't absorbing enough to make up for a tired plot.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dramatic family struggles against the local government.

Don't see it if Thick Welsh accents are too much for you.

Great singing, Enchanting, Confusing

See it if enjoy family dramas and multidisciplinary productions - I was pleasantly surprised by the a cappella selections.

Don't see it if you have a tough time with Welsh accents or prefer shows with a clear dramatic tension to be resolved

Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in historically-based shows -- this definitely inspired me to learn more about the actual underlying events

Don't see it if you're looking for something showy, fluffy, or light hearted. This was pretty intense.

August 24th, 2016
"A wonderfully acted new play by the Welsh company Motherlode, whose gorgeous, often solemn a cappella soundscape breathes the villagers’ very heritage into the air…The precise nature of the conflict in the play is not as clear as it could be…Without that clarity, the ending lacks the power it ne...
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August 29th, 2016
"It's a rich situation, but it suffers in the presentation…The company's acting style is broadly stylized…Clearly, Motherlode is a collective of enterprising artists, and there is real vigor and more than a little talent onstage. There is, however, a fundamental disconnect between story and story...
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August 24th, 2016
"An energetic but rocky play…Of complexity, there isn't much…And although there doesn't necessarily need to be, a little might temper what is otherwise an overly brash and bombastic evening…The roundly broad and often shouty performances do not match the specifically inward-looking nature of the ...
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August 30th, 2016
"Boulton directed the production and her work in that regard is perfection. Visually it’s a small-scale spectacle and a great display of physical theater yielding precise and vivid imagery. The actors forcefully conjure up so much with only their voices and bodies. Their characterizations are all...
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