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Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 9 members
Review from Charlotte
51 events 18 reviews

Tremendously well-written and well-produced play. All the actors were wonderful. The lead actor was stupendous. His performance as Alan Turing rates up there with the best acting I've seen on NYC and London stages.

I thought the non-linear...continued

reviewed Apr 14 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from bensjane
52 events 18 reviews

The acting was superb. It didn't exactly understand Turing's genius, but the criminal consequences of homosexuality at the time are heartbreaking. Between being theater in the round and British accents it was at times difficult to catch every...continued

reviewed Apr 27 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from JP Gal
8 events 5 reviews

This is a lovely and confident production, with versatile and skilled actors and a minimal but well-designed set. Every moment of the evening is filled with genuine affection and respect for both the play and its characters, and it was a pleasure...continued

reviewed Apr 14 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Edwin F. Beschler
37 events 5 reviews

In general we thought this was a good representation of the character of Alan Turing, as well as to others of his particular intellectual makeup. (Although I never met him, I have known three of his colleagues at Bletchley from whom I had some...continued

reviewed Apr 15 2011 report as inappropriate
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Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, the science theater collaboration between Underground Railway Theater and MIT, enhances the production with post-show conversations featuring renowned scientists. This performance is presented as a part of MIT’s 150th Anniversary and the 2011 Cambridge Science Festival.


Breaking the Code, Hugh Whitemore’s elegant and deeply moving play about brilliant British mathematician Alan Turing, reveals connections between his cracking of the Nazi’s “unbreakable” Engima Code and his refusal to live a closeted life. Turing’s expansive spirit embraced seeming contradiction: gay man and war hero, marathon runner and Disney film fan; he envisioned a ’universal machine" and set the stage for modern computer technology. Directed by Adam Zahler, starring Allyn Burrows as Turing, and featuring URT Artistic Director Debra Wise.

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