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  Sheltered at Theater J


Theater J
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington

It is 1939, and Hitler's assault on Europe has begun. Though much of the world has turned its back on the Jews of Europe, Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch suspect that the menace is real. This ordinary American couple makes a bold decision that could save the lives of many Jewish children and change the course of history. But first, they must convince their estranged friends to help. What begins as a night of cocktails and conversation becomes a tense negotiation of politics, morality, and survival - and the stakes are life and death. A suspenseful story that will bring you to the edge of your seat. Featuring McLean Fletcher, Kimberly Gilbert, David Schlumpf, Alexander Strain and Erin Weaver.

Thru - Feb 2, 2020

Wednesdays: 12:00pm & 7:30pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Box Office: 202-777-3210

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  Sheltered Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...Watching the play with the benefit of hindsight, Evelyn’s decision seems like an easy one. But in the world of the play, it’s not so clear. Roberta’s husband argues that Adolf Hitler is just another right-wing leader who will be constrained by the rest of Europe. Besides, Martin is short on money and coping with a troublesome teenager. He’s got plausible reasons for not becoming involved. Don’t we all?"
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Geoffrey Himes

MetroWeekly - Highly Recommended

"...Despite the raised stakes, and Weaver's well-modulated performance, the quiet intensity that envelops the first-act at the Kirschs feels depleted in the Vienna-set second act. Evvy engages in a contest of wills and negotiation with a mother, Frau Mueller (McLean Fletcher), whose son might be chosen by the Kirschs for shelter in America. But without the edge of hurt feelings and personal history volleyed between Evvy and Roberta, the exchange between Evvy and Frau Mueller doesn't cut as sharply to the quick. Although, in the end, still lingering powerfully over their choices and compromises is the question that they started with, the one that faces all good people when times turn terrible: to act, or to just wait and see if things get better on their own."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Do yourself a favor and try to catch Theater J's production of Alix Sobler's Sheltered. It is a deeply moving piece about heroes that persevere through politics, relationships, and emotions in a dark time in history. You are sure to be shaken in your mind and in your heart. It's important, it's relevant, and it's profoundly real."
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Brandon Horwin

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Sheltered is a marvelous story of hope and the importance of taking a moral stance in life. In the suspense that runs through the play, but particularly in Act Two, Sobler demonstrates her ability to use language as an instrument of friendship, negotiation, and resistance."
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Barbara Mackay

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...This is a play that reverberates today-would people really flee their homes, their countries if they weren't really terrified those children would die? While the first act is more guarded, the reality of making such a choice in the second act brings to the fore even more compellingly how easy it is to judge when you don't have to worry about facing such a reality. This is a compelling drama that gets into your mind and heart and is definitely a must-see."
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Mary Ann Johnson

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Such detailed direction and design work, along with the gripping performances, all serve to present Sobler’s play with finesse."
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Jeffrey Walker

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