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VIVIAN BEAUMONT THEATER

Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

WAR HORSE

Ended 6 Jan 2013 after 21 months

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Tony Winner

Tony Winner

Nothing could replicate the specific thrill of watching Joey take on substance and soul, out of disparate artificial parts, before our eyes.

Ben Brantley, New York Times

Closed 6 Jan 2013

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
A brilliant masterpiece,
Apr 10, 2011
reviewer: from London, UK
The best theatre production I have ever seen in my life. It has the ingenious capacity to leave an everlasting imprint on one's soul. Truly amazing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
a play for your bucket list,
Apr 07, 2011
reviewer: from Connecticut
The NY production is on a par with the one I saw in London in 2009. Astounding puppetry, brilliant stagecraft, including the sketchbook banner. Great characters; the war scenes stark and incredibly moving; hard to pick one above the others, but the night-time Channel crossing and the sight of the worn out ambulance horses that Joey and Topthorn replaced were heartbreaking. This story could have fallen into cliche and melodrama, but it doesn't. If anyone who sees it is not similarly moved, I would assume they do not understand the absolute stupidity and evil that is every war. I hope everyone keeps the ending a secret. It is a testament to how moving the play is that when I saw the play a few weeks ago, an audience member (sounded like an adult) yelled out 'NO!!!!!' when the action looked to take the worst turn possible. I've never witnessed that before. War Horse is not just exciting theatre, it is incredibly cathartic even today when so much in the world breaks our hearts. GO!!!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful:
London 5 Stars, NYC 3 Stars,
Mar 26, 2011
reviewer: from New York
The London show which I've also seen is 5 stars, bar none. But this review is of the NYC production which is not the same show at all. Instead of authentic British accents and the spellbinding voice of the songman, we instead get sometimes unconvincing accents and a broadway-esque sounding songman with none of the character to his voice as the original. There was far less focus on the horses and my favorite, the goose, memorable scenes which were so powerful in the London original to bring me to tears were clipped and emotionless. Why on earth did they replace the wonderful scenes which were completely in german and french with 100% english, albeit in a laughable Hogan Hero's type accent. It seemed like so much emphasis was placed on the literal story that the somewhere along the way the magic was lost. That said, the puppetry was still amazing and worth seeing, and certain actors were just as good as the original-- the boy Albert, his father and mother and the captain were favs.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Brilliant,
Mar 26, 2011
reviewer: from Norway
I saw this show in London last year and it is close to perfect theatre - exciting, moving, thrilling, and the horses are extraordinary. I loved every minute.
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
The Horses Bear the Burden Alone,
Mar 25, 2011
reviewer: from New York
Though the puppetry is astonishing and the horses indeed bring great emotion to the stage, this is a cool enterprise. What might've been a surprising, moving, fast-paced one-act runs, alas, for almost three hours. And despite two, perhaps three, strong performances by the actors, there's a stage full of performers who do nothing with the nothing they're given to do. The audience tonight was clearly intrigued by the design and staging but ultimately seemed unmoved since, in the end, this is a one-trick pony. The company took, but did not earn, five bows.
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