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Black Watch

The Armory Community Center - The Drill Court (San Francisco, CA)

Reviews & Ratings

178 ratings
4.1 average rating
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Nancy F.
141 events
39 reviews
307 stars
attended May 15 2013

Absolutely worth seeing! Once I settled in, and gave up on looking for a grand narrative arc and just went with the episodic ebb-and-flow of it, I enjoyed it more. (Black Watch has as much as a grand narrative arc and as much as an overarching...continued

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65 events
35 reviews
8 stars
attended May 22 2013

I thought it was an interesting and moving play. I did get tired of the F and C words practically being used seemingly in every sentence. The actors did a very good job and the choreography at the end was beautiful.

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56 events
30 reviews
1 stars
attended May 29 2013

Loved the theatre space.
Loved the production values.
Hated this show after 5 min.
No new insight into war , just smoke and mirrors and no content at all. Just yelling, scottish accents which were hard to understand and cursing. The work fuck and...continued

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52 events
28 reviews
6 stars
attended May 15 2013

Remarkable theater event in a well-chosen setting. The use of mics. Is awful; it flattens the actors ' voices and often makes the sound non- directional. But perhaps the size of the space makes it necessary. Two scenes didn't work: the mail from...continued

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40 events
27 reviews
17 stars
attended Jun 05 2013

Lives up to the hype and my favorite play since War Horse 2 years ago. So much so in fact this is my second viewing. Ultimately this is the experience of young Scottish soldiers deployed to Iraq who don't see this war as being worthy of their...continued

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30 events
26 reviews
4 stars
attended May 31 2013

I was deeply moved by this performance. Deeply. Sometimes, it takes a closer look at the devastation of war to fully realize how brutal and unnecessary it is. The staging was totally ingenious! It was creative and fresh from start to finish. ...continued

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47 events
23 reviews
3 stars
attended May 15 2013

Black Watch was very very intense and disturbing--in a good way. Funny, too, at times. Incredibly physically demanding on the actors. There was a fistfight scene with 12 Scottish soldiers going at each other--slowed down to half-speed. Like...continued

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robert morgan
94 events
22 reviews
6 stars
attended May 14 2013

UNIQUE...ENGROSSING...POWERFUL...WORTH EXPERIENCE

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50 events
21 reviews
7 stars
attended Jun 13 2013

The acting was good. But otherwise, it was this 2 hour, no intermission, unoriginal musical about the horrors of war in an extremely stuffy auditorium.

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63 events
21 reviews
3 stars
attended May 11 2013

This is NOT a play, it is a theatrical event, a documentary with amazing stage effects.
You have never seen anything like this and it is a privilege to have witnessed the performance. For theater purists this is not Shakespeare with fireworks, and...continued

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28 events
21 reviews
12 stars
attended May 18 2013

This is the worst theater experience of my life as a theater goer. It was unintelligilbe, except for a hammering of four letter words, every other word. Actors ran back and forth on stage at nauseum. It was boring, tedious, boring with no...continued

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45 events
18 reviews
9 stars
attended May 21 2013

Absolutely brilliant. I was concerned about a 1 hour and 50 minute show with no intermission, but I was so captivated and mesmerized from beginning to end, that any break in the performance would have been intrusive and a let-down. I had to...continued

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64 events
18 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 14 2013

Absolutely loved it....Makes you really think about wars though...Very loud...Impressive theatrics and making the audience a part of the tableau...

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69 events
18 reviews
3 stars
attended May 29 2013

Should have been a more satisfying experience but my enjoyment was lessened by not being completely attuned to the Scottish dialect. Since half of the dialogue consisted of the F-word and other gutterspeak, I don't think I missed too much. The...continued

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38 events
17 reviews
2 stars
attended May 18 2013

An Incredible theatrical experience! I knew it would be great but just how great...I was unprepared. The script, staging and acting were all exceptional. The Armory could not be a better venue. The only "negative" was that it was difficult to...continued

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23 events
16 reviews
7 stars
attended Jun 14 2013

Terrible show. The Scottish accents are so strong that you can't understand what they're saying.

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53 events
15 reviews
5 stars
attended May 23 2013

There were moments I enjoyed, there were moments I shook my head at, but the gripping emotion of what is presented left me with many thoughts. If you can read about the history of the Black Watch before seeing the show, it would be helpful. There...continued

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26 events
15 reviews
58 stars
attended Jun 01 2013

While the performance lacks some precision in parts, that only adds to its humanity. There is a deep sense of tradition and culture in scenes of song or dance, though unfortunately the Scottish language of the songs is nearly impossible to...continued

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14 reviews
1 stars
19 events
14 reviews
7 stars
attended Jun 15 2013

this is not a military review, but a vigorous dramatisation of a few honest conversations with scottish soldiers in a pub. unexpectedly intimate staging; confidently done, well & naturally acted; a handful smartly choreographed scenes. a very...continued

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