Running since March 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. Winner of 2 Tony Awards, including Best Play.
The Broadway production of Oslo closed July 16, 2017. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
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.
New York Magazine
Madly engrossing..."Oslo" turns the negotiations that led to the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord of 1993 into gripping human drama. To the extent that it does so by making diplomacy not just interesting but moving, it's a wonder of savvy stagecraft and wily performance...[and] a large cast in which nearly everyone is a knockout. The history books will have to decide whether "Oslo" is great drama or just a great evening of theater.
New York Times
Thrilling...directed with a master's hand by Bartlett Sher. "Oslo" has now become the colossus it was always meant to be, while giving an even sharper focus to the urgent behind-the-scenes intimacy at its fast-beating heart. [The play] features a vast cast of characters, of widely varied temperaments and ideological stripes. Yet somehow, by the end, this production's vital ensemble makes you feel you have come to know every single one of them.
Under Sher's taut direction, the wise and witty three-hour drama unfolds like a political thriller. Complex yes, but Sher's superlative production immerses us in the suspenseful twists and turns that yielded the unimaginable: mortal enemies become friends. The ensemble embody the roles authenticity. Besides turning an historic event into high-brow entertainment, "Oslo" is impressively even-handed...this excellent play offers hope that history can once again repeat itself.
Time Out New York
Directed by Bartlett Sher with the same distinguished ensemble cast as in its Off Broadway run last year, "Oslo" is a study in grays, both literally and in its studious rejection of black-and-white visions of the Middle East. Nearly three hours long, the play demands attentiveness and works hard to achieve it. In its bittersweet final swell of hopefulness and humanity, it rewards one of our most endangered virtues, in theater as well as in politics: patience.
Unequivocally fascinating...Would that some playwright would write as gripping a play about some contemporary political issue...[a] flawlessly cast ensemble. Rogers' clever dialogue...is witty. You get the facts, but you get them delivered with intelligence and humor by this dream of a cast. The impeccable casting of these superbly drawn characters acknowledges their individual differences, as well as the common humanity that ultimately wins out.
June 1, 2017
"Oslo" was a superb play, beautifully acted except for one thing - the actors have to learn to project more, i'm sitting in the circle, center, and when they speak away from the audience one cannot hear/understand what they are saying. i find this very frustrating especially in a play of this caliber. and the play is much too long, could have been cut by at least half-an-hour if not more.
but, as i said, it was a superb play which i enjoyed very much