Joanne 8172

Middletown

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Reviews (70)
79
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing
December 11th, 2022

See it if You like a family drama with laughs. Want to see Stephen Henderson take the lead with a tour de force performance . Want to see Common

Don't see it if Don't like profanity and the N word used frequently want a musical or something light

86
Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 22nd, 2022

See it if You want to see two actors at the top of their game Love heavy drama with some laughs thrown in Love language and verbal excellence

Don't see it if You don't like long dramas with profanity and heavy topics and themes about race

69
During previews
Profound
October 1st, 2022

See it if You like the play . You want to see Wendell Pierce and Sandra Clark acting well

Don't see it if You don't like slow , long , dialogue driven drama

80
During previews
Entertaining, Absorbing
September 24th, 2022

See it if You are an August Wilson fan. If you like to see actors from tv and movies live

Don't see it if You are not interested in a black family drama . You don't like long plays as it is 2 and vz a half hours plus intermission

75
During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Profound
July 16th, 2022

See it if You loved the book. Like dialogue driven drama about deep topics in relationships Are interested in immigrant stories

Don't see it if You don't like long dialogue driven shows (2.5 hours with intermission). Want something light , musical comedy

70
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking
June 19th, 2022

See it if You like James Baldwin and Nicki Giovanni You like very dialogue driven drama about race

Don't see it if You don't want a very talky interview show You don't care about James Baldwin"s or Nikki Giovanni"s thought on blackness

78
Fat Ham
East Village
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing
June 12th, 2022

See it if You are interested in a black family play with excellent drama, writing and when it goes musical it's fabulous Want to see a Pulitzer Prize

Don't see it if If you don't like gay themes are offended by the N word being used by black folks Don't like innovative takes on Hamlet

75
POTUS
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny
May 21st, 2022

See it if You like profane political satire, ensemble casts of ladies you know from tv and theater are liberal leaning . Great set design

Don't see it if Don't like profanity , are not liberal leaning , want a drama or serious play

95
Must see, Great staging, Great singing
May 4th, 2022

See it if You love MJ"s music , want to see a master class in what musical theater is Want big show stopping numbers want to scream with joy

Don't see it if You don't like MJ music Thoroughly entertained

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
May 1st, 2022

See it if You grew up in Queens or Brooklyn in the 60"s You care about a black coming of age story with great music and set

Don't see it if Don't like one woman shows or relate to the 60"s and life in the boroughs of NYC

50
During previews
Excruciating, Ambitious, Confusing
April 24th, 2022

See it if Fabulous set design and costumes are your thing

Don't see it if You don't have 2 hours and 55 minutes You want to see a coherent play where you understand what it is about before the last 15 minutes

69
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Slow
April 16th, 2022

See it if You like to see o see tv stars on stage Like o see deep and taboo topics handled indirectly

Don't see it if You don't like a lot of talking You don ant to see sexual assault by an in law trivialized

68
During previews
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing
April 11th, 2022

See it if You want a dance plus theater experience of a seminal book of poetry about the pain of black women"s lives

Don't see it if want a story with plot , don't like dance that much seeing the original with Treazana Beverly as girl in red was great for you

74
During previews
Intense, Funny, Absorbing
April 2nd, 2022

See it if You like intense drama with laughs thrown in Like Laurence Fishburn or Sam Rick

Don't see it if You don't like profanity , intensity and dialogue driven theater

76
During previews
Confederates
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing
March 26th, 2022

See it if You like dramas about race and class

Don't see it if Light or musical or comedy

93
Little Girl Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Riveting, Great singing
March 19th, 2022

See it if You love powerful songs by Nina Simone The opening song is worth the ticket Want to feel Like you are at a jazz club or concert

Don't see it if Don't like musicals or the struggles of Nina Simone

82
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting
February 19th, 2022

See it if You are interested in a drama about working class black people Enjoy good writing and acting with a little music and movement thrown in

Don't see it if Want a musical don"t like dramas

69
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated
January 30th, 2022

See it if If you like to see new takes on classics

Don't see it if You want the classic take and casting

71
Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing
December 11th, 2021

See it if Like musicals with strong black mostly female voices Enjoy musicals with creative sets and staging

Don't see it if Don't want to see a long musical Enjoy a more definitive plot linel

72
Cullud Wattah
East Village
Thought-provoking, Profound, Absorbing
November 26th, 2021

See it if Interested in social commentary about the water in Flint Michigan and it's impact on one family of black women

Don't see it if Want something light Looking for a comedy

75
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing
November 26th, 2021

See it if A look at life and job prospects after prison interests you An ensemble cast with two well know TV actors Performing well is your thing

Don't see it if You don't care how life after prison is for folks You want a musical

72
Cliched, Funny, Entertaining
November 6th, 2021

See it if Want to go to a black church experience and funeral with great gospel music before the shows Like Norm Dixon

Don't see it if Don't like traditional black bapstist church experience and funerals Don't like family dramas

76
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing
October 31st, 2021

See it if You like a drama and comedy in equal measure about the limiting roles black actors are given to play Want to see a play by Alice Childress

Don't see it if Like a play within a play or don't care about the limited roles black actors can get

94
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing
October 24th, 2021

See it if You want to see a tour de force one man inhabit many characters Enjoy a deep story about black culture

Don't see it if You don't like blues music Don't care for Ruben Santiago Hudson

55
During previews
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing
October 17th, 2021

See it if You like to see good actresses with a lot of TV work in person Family drama is your thing

Don't see it if You want a fast moving linear story You want a deep story

75
Relevant, Intense, Ambitious
October 16th, 2021

See it if You like participatory theater Care about police violence against black people Want to scream your rage about the loss of black lives

Don't see it if You don't want an intense participatory experience about race and the killing of black people

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Overrated
October 16th, 2021

See it if You like long historical plays Want to know how the Lehman brothers started

Don't see it if You don't have 3 hours and twenty minutes to spare Don't like talky wordy plays

95
Thought-provoking, Profound, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 16th, 2021

See it if You love black theater or black men Like deep social commentary

Don't see it if Want something light and musical and don't care about black men

79
During previews
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
February 16th, 2020

See it if You like stories about Harlem during the 1930”s Enjoy black theater and themes

Don't see it if Don’t enjoy black theater Want something light and fluffy and musical

76
During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
February 2nd, 2020

See it if You want to hear and see some of the greatest lines in theater Want to see the talented Ruth Negga live

Don't see it if You don’t want to go to Brooklyn, don’t like Shakespeare Dont want to see same sex kissing

48
During previews
Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing
January 13th, 2020

See it if You don’t care about the why of characters or stories Want to think about the awfulness of low wage jobs

Don't see it if You need character development and a well plotted story A quick pace

75
During previews
Great dancing, Refreshing, Great staging
January 6th, 2020

See it if If you like innovative sets and A musical score that stands the test of time with a diverse cast

Don't see it if You want the traditional story told and cast the original way Having a multidimensional film screen as part of the set that moves

70
During previews
Profound, Thought-provoking, Disappointing
December 29th, 2019

See it if interested in the history of black soldiers in the segregated army of 1944 and racial self hatred You like to see TV and film folks live

Don't see it if You are looking for the talent and excellence of the original NEC production off broadway or the movie You don’t want dance in drama

70
Great dancing, Clever, Absorbing
December 8th, 2019

See it if You like a multicultural take on a traditional story set in Harlem Looking for a family show. And your family enjoys a diverse cast and R&B

Don't see it if You want the traditional Christmas carol Do not want an audience filled with lists of children

75
Overrated, Great staging, Entertaining
November 26th, 2019

See it if You love Tina Turner music Big sets and special effects staging Strong voices

Don't see it if You don’t like Tina Turner music You don’t like musicals

50
During previews
Slow, Disappointing
November 3rd, 2019

See it if You enjoy seeing the orchestra and having the music dominate the story

Don't see it if You expect great singing Want to clearly understand the story line without bursting into song every 5 minutes

70
FEAR
West Village
Thought-provoking, Funny, Absorbing
October 29th, 2019

See it if You like to see how fear drives 3 people to do different desperate things Good solid acting - Class differences and assumptions about same

Don't see it if You don’t like talky plays Get upset about adults doing something to hurt a minor

70
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing
October 22nd, 2019

See it if You are interested in a one person show about the events heading up to the crown heights riots in the 1990’s Like mulitiple perspectives

Don't see it if You want to see Anna Devere Smith or expect this to be better than that Want a linear story Don’t care about what happened then

69
Disappointing, Slow, Funny
September 16th, 2019

See it if Long tally shows with a diverse cast At work settings and conversation

Don't see it if Can sit for two plus hours or go up three flights of stairs

50
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing
September 3rd, 2019

See it if You like to hear historical quotes read about two famous people You enjoy readings

Don't see it if You want to see a play with actors playing the parts of Shirley Chisholm and Robert E Lee Someone reading the parts and trying to imitate

88
During previews
Relevant, Profound, Great acting
September 1st, 2019

See it if You want to see a great theater about the impact of being put in a box, as a black American male An actor at the top of his game

Don't see it if You don’t want to be confronted with how white privilege interprets and limits the potential and performance of black males

53
During previews
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing
August 31st, 2019

See it if You want to see Tom Hiddleston in person

Don't see it if You want to see a dramatic arc in a show titled Betrayal You need a strong story with character development and to understand motives

77
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing
August 27th, 2019

See it if You love soul stirring singing of gospel music You enjoy a black woman”s story about her life , her family and coming out as gay

Don't see it if You don’t like a religious theme running throughout and the black church experience You don’t like gospel music

54
During previews
Tender Napalm
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Confusing
July 22nd, 2019

See it if You like language driven theater with lots of monologues You appreciate non linear stories about relationships

Don't see it if Concrete, linear storytelling Characters engaged in abstract monologues rather than conversations

78
During previews
Oo-Bla-Dee
Red Bank
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing
June 9th, 2019

See it if You enjoy good singing and music in a variety of genres Learning about the history of black women/people in the music business

Don't see it if You don’t think it’s worth traveling to Red Bank NJ You don’t care about hearing soul stirring music

74
During previews
Good singing, Intelligent, Entertaining
May 18th, 2019

See it if You like to see what happens with a book that goes to film and then theater You like musicals with strong black voices

Don't see it if You want the play to follow the book You don’t like the ”musicalization” of dramas with a loud onstage orchestra

83
During previews
Refreshing, Edgy, Absorbing
May 13th, 2019

See it if If you want to see great chemistry between two actors Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon bring their A Games

Don't see it if You don’t like explicit sex scenes and nudity Want a musical

78
During previews
Proof of Love
West Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent
May 13th, 2019

See it if You like one woman shows with a character reflecting on the state of her marriage and family Black theater

Don't see it if Don’t like talky shows You don’t care about a monologue about a marriage and a lif

66
Graphite
East Village
Thought-provoking, Funny, Ambitious
April 15th, 2019

See it if If you have a college age student of color in your life

Don't see it if You don’t care about the struggles of college students of color and what they are faced with a predominately white colleges

70
Slow, Disappointing
March 24th, 2019

See it if You love the Temptations songbook Like to sing along to a show

Don't see it if You don’t like song filled musical with a run time of 2.5 hours with an intermission