The Zero Hour

Madeleine George(Samuel French)

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3.82 out of 5


from 25 ratings and 4 reviews

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Characters: 1 male, 2 femaleUnit SetRebecca and her chronically unemployed butch girlfriend, O, have created a happy nest in their run-down walk-up in Queens, but things are starting to unravel.

The more O pushes Rebecca to stop hiding their relationship, the more Rebecca's work life-writing a textbook for seventh graders about the Holocaust- begins to bleed into her personal life: She starts meeting World War II Nazis on the 7 train, passing as hipster professionals in New York City but hungry to come out about who they really are.

Back home in Queens, O is also sparring with convincingly real visions: her long estranged-and recently dead?-mother keeps showing up to argue with her about her choices.

This almost-love story explores the relationship between honesty and cruelty: How do you tell the truth about yourself when that truth might devastate the people you love?

A tour-de-force for two actors playing eight different roles."A lucid drama.

Appealingly brainy and messy, George's play never settles for an easy metaphor or emotion.

It cross-examines our pat notions of history and love.""- The New Yorker""Grabs our interest from its first provocative line.

The Zero Hour is a work to savor."- "Back Stage""Bold, thoughtful, and incredibly beautiful."

- "CurtainUp""A striking new play.

Refreshingly original."



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