“A briskly efficient staging featuring excellent performances from the ensemble, several of whom play multiple roles . . . By the time it reaches its harrowing, horrific conclusion, it emerges as a political theater of the most gripping kind.”—Frank Scheck, New York Post"A gripping political thriller . . . captures the sense of terror when the division between political discussion and murder is membrane-thin."—Rachel Halliburton, Time Out London"The theatre is a tribunal whose task is to present the bloody evidence and ask what you think of yourself as a member of the human race. I have seldom seen this task performed with such unprejudiced but devestating power."—John Peter, The Sunday Times“Stop the presses! There’s finally a play in town that makes thinking a pleasure again. With its grim narrative about an American family swept up in the genocidal violence of civil war in 1994 Rwanda, J. T. Rogers’ The Overwhelming is not easy entertainment. But in this finely tooled production (originally helmed by Max Stafford–Clark for the National Theater), it makes for enjoyable suspenseful drama while provoking serious thought about American involvement in the internal affairs of foreign nations in a way that’s both unsettling and cathartic.”—Marilyn Stasio, Variety
J. T. Rogers is the author of several plays, including the award-winning Madagascar. He received a NEA/TCG Theatre Residency in 2004 and has been a guest artist or lecturer at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Utah, and Truman State University in Missouri. He lives in Brooklyn.