Trouble in Mind (Broadway)
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Trouble in Mind (Broadway)
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Trouble in Mind (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(289 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
11%
Negative
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Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great writing

LaChanze stars in the Broadway premiere of Alice Childress's 1955 play.

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539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
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Great acting, Relevant, Slow

See it if Great performances in a still relevant show from the past. Moves a little slow. LaChanze is her amazing self per usual.

Don't see it if you don't like serious works or plays about plays.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
83
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're into Black, historical plays; interested in racism issues--even in the theatre; a fan of LaChanze or Chuck Cooper, like dramedies

Don't see it if you don't like slow build-ups, don't like plays from 1955 with up-to-the-minute resonance; not a fan of plays about the theater; Read more

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
91
Destined to become classic in black protest theater; shows why lachanze is queen

See it if fierce critique "Mammy"/"Tom" portrayal blacks; hilariously acerbic; cast-brilliant interplay, Chuck Cooper clever clowning, LaCh Tonyworthy

Don't see it if shift from spiky comedy to serious dramatic critique of racism is too abrupt; white characters stereotypes Read more

612 Reviews | 125 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Racism issues in theater with a excellent cast. Show Broadway debut.

Don't see it if Serious and funny at the same time.

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
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Overrated, Slow, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you want to see the great Chuck Cooper walk off with this play.

Don't see it if you do not like dated plays. It is slow and gets repetitive and boring.

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
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Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like LaChanze.She's perfection in this.Show is a bit heavy handed; performances are top notch.Entire cast is excellent.Important topic

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable confronting racism.Isn't a light weight musical comedy.It is funny at times, there is some singing, but it's heavy too,

392 Reviews | 204 Followers
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Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Important period piece on race in America!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable on the topic of race in America, don’t see it.

410 Reviews | 103 Followers
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Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see an "old" show with a POV that still resonates today

Don't see it if you need GREAT writing in your Broadway shows. The writing here is solid, but not exceptional. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
November 18th, 2021

"Critic's Pick! What begins as a backstage satire of white cluelessness and Black ingratiation gradually broadens and darkens into something far more mysterious: a peculiarly American tale of lost opportunity."
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Time Out New York
November 18th, 2021

"“I hate the kind of play that bangs you over the head with the message,” says Wiletta’s blustery white costar Bill (Don Stephenson). What keeps Trouble in Mind from being such a play is the texture that Childress provides: astute points about financial realities, funny observations about backstage power dynamics."
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Variety
November 18th, 2021

"It seems unbelievable this play from the 1950s fits so neatly into the 2021 Broadway puzzle...What helps smooth this show’s slow race to the crux is the stellar acting from a cast led by Tony winner LaChanze, under the marvelous direction of Charles Randolph-Wright."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 18th, 2021

"As for LaChanze, she is extraordinarily fine, and while it is easy to see why Wiletta is tired of working in musicals, her singing in “Trouble in Mind” is as thrilling as her acting. Mr. Zegen, lately of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” is unafraid to be totally unsympathetic, and the six supporting cast members are all very good. Charles Randolph-Wright, the director, has worked mainly in musicals until now, and he weaves speaking and singing together with sure-footed skill."
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Deadline
November 18th, 2021

"Sixty-four years late and right on time, Alice Childress’ wise and stirring backstage comedy-drama Trouble in Mind is making its long-in-coming Broadway debut tonight, and to describe the play as prescient would be an understatement. Uncanny rings truer. With a star turn by LaChanze that takes a strong place in a theatrical season already formidable in its roster of performances, Trouble in Mind takes a behind-the-curtain look at the racism, coded prejudice, self-flattery, sexism and built-in bigotry that Broadway has always professed to eschew."
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The Washington Post
November 18th, 2021

"Alice Childress’ searing play “Trouble in Mind” has finally made it to Broadway and the only frustrating thing about the show is that it has taken this long. The two-act play takes place — appropriately enough — on a Broadway stage and is an uncomfortable exploration of the racial divide in the 1950s. So it works perfectly in the 2020s."
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New York Stage Review
November 18th, 2021

"Director Charles Randolph-Wright doesn’t successfully balance the play’s comic and dramatic elements, with the result that the evening sometimes feels like a backstage comedy and other times like a polemic on race relations. The performances, too, vary in effectiveness, with the most memorable work coming from the luminous LaChanze, the veteran Cooper, and Dukes, who makes the most of the sardonic Millie. From a historical perspective, Trouble in Mind is an important, groundbreaking work. It’s just a shame that it feels so dated now upon its long belated Broadway premiere."
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New York Stage Review
November 18th, 2021

"LaChanze is luminous and fierce in the central role, showing us the dignity and warmth that have sustained Wiletta where others might have simply become embittered...While Trouble in Mind clearly and potently reflects its era, its enduring freshness speaks to how much progress has yet to be made."
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