New in 2017 Lincoln Center Theater presents a darkly comic political thriller about the secret talks that led to the 1993 peace agreement between Israel and the PLO.
From the producers: How did the 1993 Middle East peace talks come to be held secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo? A darkly funny and sweeping new play, "Oslo" tells the surprising true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians. J.T. Rogers presents a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas: a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions.
Bartlett Sher-helmed staging of "Oslo" originally debuted Off Broadway to critical acclaim in the Summer of 2016. Here's a video montage from that production:
The original cast makes the move to the Broadway production, led by two-time Tony winner Jennifer Ehle ("The Real Thing") and Tony winner Jefferson Mays ("A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder"). They are joined on stage by Michael Aronov, Adam Dannheisser, Daniel Jenkins, Dariush Kashani, Daniel Oreskes, Henny Russell, Joseph Siravo, Anthony Azizi, Jeb Kreager, Christopher McHale, Angela Pierce and T. Ryder Smith.
What's Lincoln Center Theater? One of the largest and most prominent non-profit theaters in the city, LCT has three state-of-the-art venues at Lincoln Center, and occasionally produces shows in the theater district proper. On rare occasions the fare is controversial, but as a matter of course, it's the best-regarded theatrical producing organization in the city. The company's LTC3 initiative is devoted to producing the work of new artists and building new audiences. More here.
Bracing and absorbing..."Oslo" has arrived [on] Broadway with its sense of urgency intact, if not heightened. Bits of dialogue teeter into speechifying here and there, but you'll barely notice; the balance of passion, discipline, and suspense is organically, thrillingly theatrical. High stakes and hard choices tend to produce uncomfortable moments, but as this muscular, moving production reminds us, progress isn't easy - even when it's incomplete.
New York Daily News
Smart, touching and spiked with spy-novel tension and wry humor...It's a meaty subject that bursts to life with you-are-there urgency, clever narrative rewinds, vivid characters - and waffles. Everything clicks in director Sher's elegant and evocative production. This show flows in near-cinematic fashion and pulls you in so tight that time recedes. That's no small feat, since the play runs nearly three hours. It's time well-spent. It helps to have an impeccable cast.