Prophecy OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

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  • TM

  • CURTAIN UP

  • TM

  • CURTAIN UP

  • NY POST

  • VARIETY

Opening Night:
June 8, 2010
Closing:
June 20, 2010

Theater: NY Theatre Workshop / 79 East 4th Street, New York, NY, 10003

Synopsis: 

Kathleen Chalfant, Peter Francis James, and George Bartenieff star in Karen Malpede's play that's both the story of a marriage and the personal legacy of the wars in Iraq and Vietnam and that centers on a group of people whose lives are surprisingly intertwined.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Prophecy

    Vietnam and Iraq Invade a Marriage

    Charles Isherwood

    June 11, 2010: When bad acting happens to good actors, it’s sometimes hard to know where to look. My attention kept straying to my shoes, to the back of the chair in front of me, to the tacky patio furniture of the set, in order to avoid having to watch Kathleen Chalfant and George Bartenieff flail their way through “Prophecy,” a long and ludicrous new play written and directed by Karen Malpede at the Fourth Street Theater in the East Village.

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  • NY POST REVIEW OF Prophecy

    Epic failure

    Frank Scheck

    June 11, 2010: If good intentions made for good theater, "Prophecy" would be a master piece. Karen Malpede's highly ambitious politically themed play incorporates, among other elements, the Old Testament story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar; the Greek tragedy "Antigone"; Middle East political tensions; and the devastating effects of not one but two wars, Iraq and Vietnam. Is it any wonder that you emerge exhausted?

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Prophecy

    Prophecy

    Andy Propst

    June 11, 2010: An indefatigable five-person ensemble, including George Bartenieff, Kathleen Chalfant, and Peter Francis James, works valiantly to bring Karen Malpede's Prophecy, running at the East Fourth Street Theater, to credible life. But not even the efforts of these A-list talents can elevate or enliven this overly artsy and badly written soap opera.

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  • CURTAIN UP REVIEW OF Prophecy

    Prophecy

    Elyse Sommer

    June 11, 2010: To paraphrase the above quote by Sarah Golden, the pivotal character in Karen Malpede's Prophecy, "Sometimes, usually, in fact, I would say all the time, we are no better at writing anti-war plays than we are at preventing wars."

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Prophecy

    Prophecy

    Andy Propst

    June 9, 2010: An indefatigable five-person ensemble, including George Bartenieff, Kathleen Chalfant, and Peter Francis James, works valiantly to bring Karen Malpede's Prophecy, running at the East Fourth Street Theater, to credible life. But not even the efforts of these A-list talents can elevate or enliven this overly artsy and badly written soap opera.

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  • CURTAIN UP REVIEW OF Prophecy

    Prophecy

    Elyse Sommer

    June 18, 2010: To paraphrase the above quote by Sarah Golden, the pivotal character in Karen Malpede's Prophecy, "Sometimes, usually, in fact, I would say all the time, we are no better at writing anti-war plays than we are at preventing wars." Typical of the genre known as agitprop theater, Prophecy, is built on a foundation of passionate belief. Instead of aiming for the sort of balanced take on opposite points of view, playwright and director Karen Malpede has given better than equal time to the emotional lives of her characters with war hardly a factor during more than half the play. But don't let that fool you. There's a reason this play is part of an anthology titled Acts of War: Iraq & Afghanistan in Seven Plays.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF Prophecy

    Epic Failure

    Frank Scheck

    June 9, 2010: If good intentions made for good theater, "Prophecy" would be a master piece. Karen Malpede's highly ambitious politically themed play incorporates, among other elements, the Old Testament story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar; the Greek tragedy "Antigone"; Middle East political tensions; and the devastating effects of not one but two wars, Iraq and Vietnam. Is it any wonder that you emerge exhausted?

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Prophecy

    Johnny Baseball

    Frank Rizzo

    June 18, 2010: The damn Yankees aren't the only baseball team with a musical-theater hex. The Boston Red Sox deal with their own fixed fate onstage -- one with darker implications -- in the cleverly crafted and terrifically performed new tuner "Johnny Baseball," receiving its first ups at Beantown's (Cambridge, really) American Repertory Theater. Helmer Diane Paulus hits a clean line drive straight into center field with a thoughtful, crowd-pleasing and deftly balanced show that even a Yankee could love.

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