After a hit run Off-Broadway, Jeremy O. Harris's new play comes to Broadway. This provocative work aims to rip apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in 21st century America. More…
From the show:
The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation - in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. It's an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master's House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip's fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary's big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems.
See it if Provocative content of interracial relationship; 2hr15min without intermission!! Funny at times, dark & heavy in general; layers of parody;
Don't see it if Nudity; lots of SEX & violence; scenic design using huge mirrors that reflect actors & audience; intentionally challenging..
Also “Yale mafia” taking majority of the cast; lots of Yale reference;
See it if you want to be challenged & perhaps made to feel uncomfortable during a provocative show about race relations. It's certainly bold.
Don't see it if you're looking for something buoyant or straightforward. I found most of this play a chore to sit through. Not fun. It also needs trimming.
See it if You want to explore race relations in the US. You enjoy the dynamics of personal relationships between romantic couples.
Don't see it if You are squeamish about simulated sex on stage.
See it if It’s just damn good theater. One of those things that reminds me why live theater will never die.
Don't see it if You can’t deal with nudity and explicit sexual content. Anything else that you don’t like means it’s doing it’s job.
See it if You want to be challenged as a viewer. I am still thinking it over in my head days later. Amazing acting onstage, but very intense
Don't see it if Topics and depictions of racial aggression are triggering. This show will make you uncomfortable. But if you are triggered by this, don't go
See it if you want a very funny, sexy play about institutionalized racism.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with explicit sex - it only goes only for a few minutes AND I'd say everyone should see this show, so it's worth it.
See it if you like new thoughtful plays; you are interested in plays around racial dynamics
Don't see it if you don't want to discuss racial relations; you are uncomfortable with sexual situations
See it if It examines power and gender dynamics in mixed race couples in a way that I've never seen addressed before. It's got a fantastic monologue.
Don't see it if There are depictions of sexual violence and relationship breakdowns that *I* found very very difficult to watch. YMMV. It's very good.
See it if you're interested in cutting-edge theater that pushes the envelope on a provocative topic. Radical
Don't see it if you're not willing to be confronted with uncomfortable (simulated) sexual acts and subject matter.
See it if You want to learn more about racial barriers in life. Brilliantly acted and written. Such an important piece of theater.
Don't see it if Sexual content, racial slurs, nudity or vulgar language bothers you in any way.
See it if You like plays that encourage active audience engagement, that explore the hard truth of our past and present.
Don't see it if It’s painful. No matter who you are, it’s a painful but rewarding evening of theatre.
See it if If you want to get a conversation started regarding power, race and gender relations.
Don't see it if You are under 18 as there are explicit sex scenes and some nudity, or if you are uncomfortable with hard conversations regarding power
See it if you're all for risk-taking: Everything about this production (writing, directing, acting, design) is bold, often effectively so.
Don't see it if you expect the playwright's cultural critique to be flawless. Then again, perfection is for jerks. Harris' script's impressive in its sweep.
Also Memorable Quote: "“Your mere presence was biological warfare.”
See it if you enjoy out of the box theater that has you reflect on and dissect what you just saw. it's a super interesting think piece
Don't see it if this is definitely not a play for everyone as it is quite experimental. don't go if you are uncomfortable about sexual or racial themes
See it if You want a provocative, thought-provoking theater experience. There's a lot of unpack & think about. Was great; not at all what I expected.
Don't see it if You want lighter, fun fare. This show is a lot to process. Race, rape, slavery, nudity. If you can't handle those, stay clear of this show.
See it if You seek thought provoking, edgy plays that are intense and uncomfortable. The first act lays the foundation of what’s to come in the second
Don't see it if You are put off by racially charged issues, awkward sex acts, nudity, profanity and psycho-babble. Can be very uncomfortable for many but
See it if a Broadway play for today's "woke" culture, and I mean that in a good way. An articulate look at very intense issues. Subverts expectations.
Don't see it if you need an intermission - it's long with no break; you want something fluffy and lighthearted.
See it if you enjoy plays that speak to the present American society and dilemma.
Don't see it if No reason not to see this play. It should be obligatory but it is very very disturbing but also very very enlightening
See it if You are looking for a play to make you think and conversation starter.
Don't see it if If you're uncomfortable with America's past. Beware some triggering scenes especially in the beginning and end of the play.
See it if you want to see a clever, often funny, more often raunchy presentation of bi-racial couples where the black partner is sexually frustrated.
Don't see it if you know over-hype when you read or hear it. The play’s worthwhile but not nearly as provocative as the hype would have you believe.
See it if you are looking for something edgy and not the Broadway norm.
Don't see it if you are looking for outrageous or even political. The vast majority of this play is a therapy session for 3 mixed race couples .
See it if Interesting look at race relations, sex & power, with fun jabs at therapy. Want to see for yourself what all the fuss is about. Worth it.
Don't see it if No reason not to unless you believe nothing new to tell in way of race relations. Have read so much about play, feels like you've seen it.
See it if You want to see for yourself what the controversy is all about.
Don't see it if Unwilling to leave your usual Broadway comfort zone. Racially and sexually provocative to the extreme.