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The Siege

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Members say: Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

The Freedom Theater presents this passionate retelling of the story of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, during the height of the second intifada. More…

Drawn from interviews with survivors, 'The Siege' is told from the point of view of some of the armed Palestinian fighters who found refuge in the church. Along with 200 civilians, they were given sanctuary by the church’s resident priests and nuns and spent 39 days there with dwindling food, water, and medical supplies. While the world watched, the fighters grappled with survival, ideology, and the decision to continue the struggle to the end, or surrender. Performed in Arabic with English subtitles.

Member Reviews (8)


Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense
Avg Score

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You like historical dramas based on true events.

Don't see it if You don’t like to read. The entire show is in subtitles.

Also I found it very helpful to read the timeline of events in the Playbill... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intense, Shrill, Repetitive, Thought-provoking

See it if you want intense drama about a lesser-known event in the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. Strong acting in taut (albeit repetitive) play.

Don't see it if you're not prepared for intense rage, violence, and despair among those under siege -- or a play in Arabic with English supertitles.

Also Tech needs to better sync spoken Arabic dialogue with the running of t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a better understand of political, historical events affected by deep rooted conflicts. Play humanizes the situation.

Don't see it if you're turned off by biased political discourses or need a lot of action

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you want to see a totally fresh take on a familiar political standoff -- from a different point of view.

Don't see it if you are not prepared to shed stereotypes and change your western tunnel vision about the middle east.

Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you like one dimensional characters who spout cliches while having to read subtitles that don't keep up with the script.

Don't see it if you want a dramatic play with characters of depth, understanding their motivations beyond superficial declarations.

Absorbing, Excruciating, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a realistic and recent portrayal of what living and fighting through war is like.

Don't see it if you're not into theatre in another language about hot-button political topics.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you want to learn a little about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Don't see it if you're looking to be deeply moved or get a new perspective from Palestinians

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Excruciating

See it if You are interested in the unknown story behind a well-known event.

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable about blood, gunshots, wars, violent and death.

Also I can't comment on the writing because the play is not in a language I... Read more Read less

October 17th, 2017
"This study of soldiers waiting out the standoff with diminishing supplies and stamina takes a naturalistic and overtly didactic approach...Dialogue that emphasizes exposition and theme over individual character...Despite the intrinsic suspense of the setup and the likability of the performers, ‘...
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October 16th, 2017
"'The Siege' is muddled, as both agitprop and drama. That may be a good thing, for as a work of human interest on a canvas of exposed nerves, the play has its compelling moments...The script and the direction are diffuse and undifferentiated, the personalities of each character not so much ill-de...
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October 14th, 2017
"The power of 'The Siege' is that it is told not with rage or rancor, not to punish or vindicate – but to remind us...A riveting 90-minute drama...Between scenes, video footage is projected on the upstage wall depicting the actual events of the siege. The effect is spellbinding and deeply moving....
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October 16th, 2017
"The focus is on the emotions of the six men in the church, which makes it more important that the characters be fleshed out. But there are only a few tantalizing moments when their individuality emerges...The competent stagecraft goes only so far in driving the play forward; the few vivid attemp...
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