Black watch 920
4.1 / 5 Rated by 182 members
Review from James

Good but not great. From a technical and staging perspective, it was very well done. But somehow the story failed to connect me to any of the characters, nor did I feel invested in the fate of Black Watch as a group.

reviewed Jun 11 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from amyw

Play was excellent; a little tough to understand some of the dialogue but we managed. Is helpful to read up before seeing the play. Only real complaint was the seats -- not at all comfortable. And no water fountains.

reviewed Jun 06 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Tim

Great show and great staging. If you have a few minutes before the show, read the history of the Black Watch in the program. It explains a few things that will help the story make a lot more sense.

reviewed Jun 08 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Adam Broidy

I've seen this now twice, once at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn back in 2011, and then at the Armory in SF. Once of the best shows I've ever seen (and I worked in the performing arts industry for 4 years).

reviewed May 17 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Laura M

Mesmerizing! Sorry it was the last day yesterday, as I would have heartily recommended this performance to everyone. Great history lessons, performed in a most unusual manner by a most athletically adept and well-acted troupe of men.

reviewed Jun 16 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Carol Anna Lind

Black Watch was one of the most moving and thought-provoking productions I've seen in a long time. To read that the play was created from actual interviews with soldiers who served in Iraq is amazing! The musical numbers were wonderful, and the...continued

reviewed May 29 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Budd

We almost walked out. The writer had an obsession with the words fuck and fucking. Most of the play consisted of angry men yelling at one another, barking orders and being crude. There were young children in the audience who were subjected to...continued

reviewed Jun 02 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Sandra Foster Lovas

Worst theatrical experience I've ever had (and I've had many).
"Play" consisted of constant streaming obscenities: "Fucking, fucking, fucking, fuck, fuck, fucked" --and men insulting each other (worst insult was constantly calling each other a...continued

reviewed May 29 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from erin

The actors were top notch in this show, it was really tight. BUT this show is sooo loud. They should have been handing out earplugs. I believe my left eardrum has been injured from it. Seriously, I have to say I was unable to enjoy the show...continued

reviewed Jun 12 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Susan W.

The play should not be missed....intense and brilliantly conceived. While the accents may be a struggle sometimes there is no doubt how these characters feel and it is always clear what is going on. The venue is perfect for this show and you...continued

reviewed May 19 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from annfelldin

This presentation was highly evocative. "Raw" is the best word I can use to describe it. Not for the delicate who can't handle coarse and uncensored language. However, in order to reach authenticity, the graphic nature is absolutely legitimized....continued

reviewed May 14 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Sui Generis

"Black Watch" is the best theatre I have seen in the Bay Area in years. The music, the choreography, the language (although the Scottish accent is somewhat difficult to understand) collaborate to give a riveting performance. Don't miss it if you...continued

reviewed Jun 07 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Erwin Barron

An amazing piece of theater! The Scottish lads offered a devastating commentary on the War in Iraq that could not have been made by Americans. Through the crude and course language of soldiers and the proud history of The Black Watch, we learn...continued

reviewed May 23 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from denbrady

Enjoyed this play and especially liked the venue. The set changes were very clever. The subject matter was important and well written. The acting was well done. I loved it.

reviewed Jun 06 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Carol Langbort

great venue, except not enough bathrooms for women, and the lines were very long prior to the show, since there was no intermission.

it would be possible to see from any seat, so I would advise less expensive seats for those who want...continued

reviewed Jun 01 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Lady June

I have been wanting to see this play. Two hours no break and if you leave you can't come back in. Use the restroom for sure. Language is really rough but I suspect that is the way they talk about their war experience. There is parking for $15.00...continued

reviewed Jun 08 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Jillpoe

Incredible! A very moving performance. The acting and production was flawless.

reviewed Jun 14 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Jake Steak

Superficial anecdotes of young Scotsmen joining the military for lack of anything better to do, with predictable good- and bad-boy vignettes and "Oh shit!" battle experiences. Not really about young men trying to grow up or a critique of the Gulf...continued

reviewed Jun 08 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Craig

The venue was fantastic, loved the old Armory. Aspects of the play were engaging, but for the most part no single actor stood out, no character was developed that gave me insight in to the company's experience. There were a few moments of Scottish...continued

reviewed May 25 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Judy Brady

This is an amazing theater event. It combines all sorts of things: photos, music, sound, as well as flawless acting. It reminds me of dance; it is executed so precisely.

reviewed May 26 2013 report as inappropriate