Ayanna Prescod

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Reviews (12)
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

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

"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