"Stuff Happens is a winner,” is how Ed Siegel summed up his review on WBUR noting that, “The Boston version actually works better than last year’s New York production, partly because the intimate space turns the audience into eyewitnesses to history.”
Stuff Happens is the controversial British play about the lead-up to the Iraq War. All the main players are here including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and in many cases, the actual words those real leaders said in public statements are part of the dialogue. The scenes that take place behind closed doors, however, are the work of Hare’s imagination.
Stuff Happens premiered internationally at London’s National Theatre in 2004. Its American premiere was at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in June of 2005. In April and May of this year, Stuff Happens ran at the Public Theater in New York. For the New York production, Hare had made changes to the script which reflected developments over time. Zeitgeist Stage performs the updated New York version.