Sense of an Ending OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Carol Rosegg
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    August 20, 2015
    Closing:
    September 6, 2015

    Theater: 59E59 Theaters / 59 East 59th St., New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    Charles, a discredited New York Times journalist, arrives in Rwanda for an exclusive interview with two Hutu nuns. Charged with alleged war crimes committed during the 1994 genocide, the nuns must convince the world of their innocence or face a lifetime in prison. When an unknown Tutsi survivor contradicts their story, Charles must choose which version of the truth to tell. Based on real events, Sense of an Ending shines a light on questions of guilt, complicity and faith in the face of extreme violence.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Sense of an Ending

    In Ken Urban’s ‘Sense of an Ending,’ Lives Are Caught Between Truth and Tale

    Alexis Soloski

    August 26, 2015: “All I want is the truth.” That’s what Charles (Joshua David Robinson), a discredited New York Times reporter, tells a potential source. “You have come to the wrong place,” the interviewee says. That place is Kigali, Rwanda, and the time is 1999, five years after the genocide that left approximately 800,000 dead. In Ken Urban’s “Sense of an Ending” (not related to the Julian Barnes novel), Charles, a black journalist dogged by a plagiarism scandal, has arrived to speak with two nuns set to stand trial for crimes against humanity. Sister Justina (Heather Alicia Simms) and Sister Alice (Dana Marie Ingraham) claim to have been sent away from their church well before Hutu mercenaries set upon dozens of Tutsis seeking sanctuary there. But Belgian prosecutors argue that they were present and perhaps complicit in these deaths. While Charles at first sympathizes with the nuns, particularly the girlish Sister Alice, he begins to doubt their story.

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