OSLO by J. T. Rogers is about The Oslo Accords and how they brought momentary peace in the Middle East. That’s a very heady subject to choose and with Bartlett Sher‘s adept direction, you have a lovely evening of intrigue and behind the scene machinations that is never boring or preachy. Unfortunately, it also never soars beyond a PBS docudrama with very few thrills and almost no depth. My jaw hit the ground when confronted with the overused “how can we be enemies, our daughters have the same first name” bit. Really? Even the usually wonderful Jennifer Ehle and Jefferson Mays come off blandly as the Norwegian couple who mastermind the Peace Talks. Michael Aronov gives a vigorous, eccentric performance as the one character with any real verve. Mr. Aronov deserved the Tony, OSLO did not.

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  1. Oslo contains all the movie of the week oversimplifications you’d expect in this no fly on the wall play. It is also belied by the twist and shout acting on display..actors acting at acting..to make sure you understood every moment of significance. What is particularly disturbing is that the Ehle character is so under written, you wonder what the testimonials by the negotiators of her importance to the procedings is based on.

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