Ayanna Prescod

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Reviews (23)
¡Americano!
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"Tony’s powerful story of immigration and aspirations to become a Marine alone elicits necessary conversation. On stage '¡Americano!' feels like a trial run for a show still in development. But even with numerous storylines, the making of a dance-heavy, vocally moving story of one person’s dream as a Dreamer deserves to be told." Full Review

Variety

"Throughout the production, themes of visibility filter through every enunciated breath and rhythmic melody. With the ladies’ natural crowns beautified with box braids, locs and shaped afros, the impressive ensemble of seven performers seamlessly works in tandem to create a kaleidoscope of dazzling Black femininity, making it impossible to look away. Every woman here has a story, a complication or an awakening deserving of an ear. Or several." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"3/5 stars...Unfortunately for this disjointed slow burn, the play’s X-rated factor becomes the audience’s talk point, a major distraction that causes some to miss the message or overlook it entirely...Under the uneven direction of Scott Ellis, 'Take Me Out' becomes a cluster of both remarkable and insignificant performances pieced together inside a scattered plot. The story’s dramatic turns quickly evolve into humor and fluff...What 'Take Me Out' does right is highlight how sportsmen, entren... Full Review

Tambo & Bones
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"The bajumbled storyline is amplified with bold lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, along with Mextly Couzin and Dominique Fawn Hill's rags-to-riches costumes that serve as a mix of rag tags and 90s streetwear. Through every act change — each an important and necessary elevation of the plot — Tambo and Bones believe the only way out of this constant loop of oppressed caricaturism is through the extinction of white people. Whether or not that’s true is not very clear after the show ends, b... Full Review

Variety

"The playwright Dominique Morisseau knows what she is doing. That’s clear not only because she says it so convincingly in her Playbill note for Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of “Skeleton Crew,” but because she writes this moving drama with pristine delicacy and develops its characters with rigorous detail and tact. Under the masterful direction of Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Skeleton Crew” presents a vibrant cast, poetic dialogue and profoundly layered storytelling that move the audience to... Full Review

Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"The dreamlike set design by Bunny Christie, when working, beautifully plays on the coming-of-age search for self, inspired by the childlikeness of Alice In Wonderland. Bobbie’s home is contained in a box that emulates the bite-sized square footage of real NYC apartments. Colors are limited and stick to mosaics of white, black, and gray, except for Bobbie’s signature red jumpsuit and exquisite lighting design by Neil Austin that adds on additional hues of purple and blues." Full Review

Cullud Wattah
East Village
New York Theatre Guide

"5 stars! Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s new play, Cullud Wattah, is a gut-wrenching, soul-stirring, masterwork of a production and solidifies her influence in American theatre." Full Review

Variety

"All of these story elements spun together wrestle with issues that are still urgent today. As one memorable lyric in the show states, there is “no underground in Louisiana.” But on the surface in New York City, there is an important musical revival on Broadway that is deeply meaningful, crucial to experience and definitely a necessary change." Full Review

Sanctuary City
West Village
New York Theatre Guide

"Five stars!...Everything works in tandem in New York Theatre Workshop’s first play of the season. This play forces its audience to ask themselves the necessary questions about equality and sacrifice, and how far they would go to feel safe." Full Review

Theatermania

"Through a series of masterful vignettes, precise movement, cultural dance, and glorious song lead by supreme vocalist Manning, Black participants are encouraged to reclaim their personal power by confronting and examining beliefs and practices associated with racism and racial bias. During the experience, there were sobs of agony, screams in anger, and later proclamations of victory and collective joy. What is meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-Blackness and acknowledge the resilienc... Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

for a previous production "Long-winded narration takes away from a powerful story of true grit, sacrifice, and loss...Playwright Morisseau wrote the show’s book based on Williams’ memoir but somehow under the direction of McAnuff the show comes across as a live audiobook presentation featuring the magical music of The Temptations. However, it is the classic Temptations’ musical catalog and a stellar group of talent that keep this show grooving and the audience dancing in their seats." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"While Bigelow's race is not prescribed in the text of the musical, casting a black man...Could be seen to lean into troubling stereotypes...This production lacks the intense interpersonal connections between the characters...It instead feels like the director is carefully dancing around the idea of romantically linking an interracial couple...Sadly, this production might send you on a merry-go-round of unwelcome emotions you'll quickly want to get off." Full Review

Variety

"The events of the play are chaotic, but in this production they connect to the chaos of the here and now in ways that left me bewildered and a little frazzled. ... Living through rising temperatures, pollution, a global pandemic and an unjustifiable war in the Ukraine didn’t help me find resonance in the play’s nebulous plot or broad philosophical themes." Full Review

Variety

"This play feels like an offering, a true gift, a lesson on survival and a bold reminder to live each day with zest and adventure. Certainly, the icing on the cake is that we survived all the challenges of 2020 (and beyond) to enjoy this scrumptious production." Full Review

Little Girl Blue
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"2/5 stars...Simone, an activist who bravely used her compelling protest songs and soulful voice to lead a worldwide revolution during the civil rights era, becomes withered down to a disheveled, angry Black woman trope the musician so often tried to run away from...What 'Little Girl Blue,' named after Simone’s debut album, fails to do is celebrate a complex personality, a nuanced human being, and a proud Black woman who could not — and never wanted to — be put in a box...What this show does ... Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"Paul Tazewell’s magnificent costume design carries the cast through the MJ timeline seamlessly. A killer set by Derek McLane, amplified by gorgeous lighting by Natasha Katz, gives the show a visual beauty that makes it hard to look away. While Jackson's story is flawed, it’s too complicated for anyone who hasn’t danced in his shoes. MJ The Musical, however, is the perfect salutation to the life of an imperfect but gifted icon." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"The Streets of New York, a musical revival adapted from Dion Boucicault’s 1857 play The Poor of New York, is a festive production full of melodramatic storytelling and poppy tunes delivered with merriment by an unforgettable cast." Full Review

Variety

"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." Full Review

The Visitor
East Village
Variety

"When the number is over, however, the audience is quickly thrust back into the world of white-savior Walter. The creators seem to have been generously aiming to create a sympathetic portrait of a privileged man’s performative activism. But by centering Walter rather than Tarek and Zainab, the show ends up highlighting the privileged folks who are already coddled more than enough." Full Review

Variety

"Fresh, relatable and laugh-out-loud funny...This play is both a Hallelujah and an A-men. " Full Review

Semblance
East Village
New York Theatre Guide

"The Black woman is beautiful, multifaceted, and complex. And though this theatrical film may create conversation on who she is, or could be, it unfortunately left me with more questions about who we are, than I had when I walked in." Full Review

Seven Deadly Sins
West Village
Variety

"Some of the stories are not for the faint at heart, and some will resonate with an intimate part of you. For me, Wohl’s 'Lust' served as pièce de resistance...I became so captivated by the dancer’s performance that I almost forgot I was outside...'Seven Deadly Sins' is a well-curated, innovative theatrical experience. The show stretches the limits of traditional performance and explores what can be done once live theater is resurrected." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"The production blends African and American cultures in the village of Affreakah-Amirrorikah...Though spiritual music is an integral part of the African-American experience, the play loses focus when an extremely long gospel rendition distracts from the main story. Overall the blending of musical genres adds depth to the culture of the characters...The cast generates a fluid creative energy...Sampson succeeds in speaking directly to black women." Full Review