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Reviews (57)
89
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to see two people sexily debate how people of color should portray themselves in art.

Don't see it if "you don't see color," or don't like plays based heavily in reality, or seeing simulated sex on stage.

Also This is an excellent play about the responsibility of the creator of a... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you like seeing historical plays with a modern twist.

Don't see it if you go to theater to escape racial/political things, don't like anachronism used in the service of storytelling.

Also I really enjoyed this play. It's very simply staged with really good a... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You are familiar with Anne of Green Gables and enjoy seeing one-person shows with one person acting multiple parts.

Don't see it if You want to see a show with a large cast and do not like interpretive dance.

Also I wasn't quite sure what to think at first - the dancers stuck me as f... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like seeing well- done plays about characters who were powerless being given a voice.

Don't see it if Gynecological stuff bothers you.

78
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like a mix of the magical (lyrical language, heightened atmosphere) and the sadly ordinary (civil rights movement, racism, sexism, etc.)

Don't see it if you don't want to be depressed by how little certain things have changed in America in terms of race.

Also It's a very good play with excellent acting. It seems to me more like ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you are curious about how the less urban pockets of the South reacted to the Civil Rights Act

Don't see it if you go to theater to escape history or politics.

79
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy expert clown-work.

Don't see it if You hate clowning/miming, however cleverly done.

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy seeing Shakespeare innovatively staged with great acting, set design and costumes.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or only want to see it done traditionally.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if a multi-layered story featuring B.D. Wong, that is cleverly staged, intrigues you.

Don't see it if you don't like well-written plays featuring B.D. Wong.

Also This is a very well-written play that goes from micro to macro and bac... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you enjoy non- linear shows with audience participation that feature shadow puppetry and music.

Don't see it if you hate audience participation, like linear shows and want to see a play about Moby Dick.

Also It was a fun show, but I think the great reviews from a previous incar... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Dated

See it if you're curious to see how a play that won awards and was made into an award-winning film holds up, and you want to see excellent acting.

Don't see it if you don't like dated material or prefer faster-moving pieces.

Also Excellent acting, especially from the actor playing Sarah (a real find... Read more Read less

74
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like one- person shows, great acting and singing.

Don't see it if You're looking for a cohesive plot you can follow easily.

Also Definitely felt like the piece could use some work... started out slow... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You are interested in seeing how Russia's past influences the present, you enjoy great writing and acting.

Don't see it if Politics and history don't interest you and you don't last more than 90 minutes at the theater.

Also The last Rajiv Joseph play I saw was GUARDS AT THE TAJ, also at Atlant... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if theater about our current political-social world (gun control, mental illness) interests you.

Don't see it if you can't deal with guns/gunfire or you want to see a comedy.

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You like multimedia shows with multiple story lines.

Don't see it if You don't like less traditional, linear shows.

55
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Unfinished

See it if you want to support an LGBT play and Theatre for the New City.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing a work-in-progress being presented as a finished piece.

Also I wanted to like this play, and based on the blurb, thought it would b... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like plays that feature music (as opposed to musicals) great writing, immigrant stories and want to be moved.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it.

70
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like non-linear plays that are a bit absurdist.

Don't see it if you like straightforward stuff.

75
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like the idea of a contemporary setting ("ripped from the headlines," comes to mind).

Don't see it if You don't like complex stories - by contemporizing the play, I think Eustis makes the whole current U.S. political situation layered.

Also It doesn't *exactly* fit the time we live in, but is still a very reso... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like plays that do interesting things with language and time, mix theater from different traditions, hear a story that's not been heard.

Don't see it if You like straight forward, linear pieces, or only want to see things that make you laugh.

Also This is a difficult play to watch, in some sense. The way that Saartji... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You are interested in politics and diplomacy shown with a sense of humor.

Don't see it if Theater with lots of talking bores you.

Also I enjoyed the play, though it made me realize how much of diplomacy is... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you're into O'Neill , Bobby Cannavale, interesting direction, you like to see theater done in unusual spaces, you like relevant theater.

Don't see it if you don't like O'Neill, you like your theater straightforward and linear with a traditional proscenium stage.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you are interested how our current socio-political climate came into being, and enjoy seeing great production values across the board.

Don't see it if You go to the theater to escape reality.

Also A really solid play about what's happened in the rust belt.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You like chess, New York, ever wondered about the lives of chess players in the park.

Don't see it if You don't like plays over 90 minutes that go into life philosophies.

Also This is a very good, solid, engaging, play. It does get a little clunk... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if Plays about workplace/race politics are of interest to you, and you like them delivered with some humor and well-drawn characters.

Don't see it if you go to the theater to escape politics, racial politics, or reality.

88
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Plays about science, scientists, environmentalism, ethics, and personal relationships interest you.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that touch upon science.

Also an excellent play where the supposedly good guys have ethical problems... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a musical that has a sense of humor, great performances, and beautiful music (esp. if you like Middle Eastern music).

Don't see it if you don't like short musicals that leave you wanting more, non-American cultures bore you, or you are looking for something more traditional

Also This is a beautifully staged, acted, sung, and played, musical. I don'... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Cliched

See it if You like stories about cross-cultural marriages and prodigal children returning home.

Don't see it if You dislike stereotypes about millenial midwesteners who move to the east coast.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you are curious about the history of the U.S. and its attitude towards non-white immigrants over the years.

Don't see it if you have no interest in stories about non-white immigrants/need to see something jolly. There are moments of humor, but...

75
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you're curious about Punjabi/Sikh communities, want to see something about how a small, tight-knit community deals with issues and tragedy.

Don't see it if You don't like dream sequences with cool costumes or are uncomfortable with racial issues.

Also This is a good play, though I saw it in previews, and believe that rew... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy cabaret style shows that combine music and storytelling.

Don't see it if You dislike cabaret or drag and prefer a structured musical.

Also This is a really wonderful show. Daniel Alexander Jones just becomes J... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like one-woman shows that deal with current politics with a personal angle.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows about politics or you like very structured work.

Also I went to this show because I heard some really great things about it,... Read more Read less

62
Disappointing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like Ted Talks on neurology and neuroscience. Those parts were the highlight of the evening.

Don't see it if You really like/love rap. I brought a rap- loving friend who thought that the rapping just wasn't good.

Also It was kind of fascinating to see someone who has made a career of his... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a comedy that explores childbirth.

Don't see it if Does about childbirth or women don't interest you.

70
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you're interested in a show that reflects some of the issues brought out by the last election, the idea of communal living and utopias.

Don't see it if quirky, semi-autobiographical theater bores you.

Also It's an interesting play - shows how even in "utopias," (which literal... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see some excellent acting that explores the brown immigrant dilemma of keeping your culture yet fitting in.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramas or shows that are over 2 hours long.

Also It's a really gripping play. It's a messy play, but it fits with what'... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you lean left and enjoy over the top satire.

Don't see it if you like political theater to be serious drama only.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Must see, Relevant

See it if you like dark humor and lyrical language (which isn't to say it isn't profane at times, but it's poetic profanity).

Don't see it if naturalistic plays aren't your thing or you don't like monologues or plays about prison.

55
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you're a fan of Elizabeth McGovern and post WWI theater.

Don't see it if hearing old school exposition and a three-act structure pushed into two is painful.

Also A friend had an extra ticket, and I had heard some good things, so I w... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see something positive about women and their bodies told with humor and great songs.

Don't see it if you hate glitter and music.

81
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You were part of or are familiar with the NY indie theater scene of the past 20 years, or just want to hear an interesting tale.

Don't see it if You don't like shows where just 2 people play all the parts with minimal costume or set changes.

52
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Stereotypical

See it if you want to support a diverse cast and encourage theaters like Second Stage to keep having diverse stories told.

Don't see it if stereotypical characters really bother you.

Also I really wanted to like this play, but...wow. The mother character, in... Read more Read less

61
Ambitious, Slow, Intelligent, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you like the idea of seeing theater use multiple mediums to tell a story.

Don't see it if you're expecting something akin to a show by The Civilians.

Also This was an ambitious piece that had it's moment, but...as the play it... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like dark humor, a script that resonates with the financial and health-related realities of the day, and like great acting & set design.

Don't see it if You like theater as an escape from reality or need to see a happy play.

Also It's a solid script that actually uses disabled actors to play disable... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like classics given a new spin.

Don't see it if You're a purist or you can 't deal with shows more than 2 hours long.

72
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You're in the mood for something light and funny and don't mind seeing a serious topic in a funny light.

Don't see it if You don't like opera, Mozart, or the idea of an illegal immigration comedy.

Also It's a fun, light evening of opera, especially if you're a fan of The ... Read more Read less

70
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You like one-man shows, you like John Leguizamo, you like stuff that's potential interactive.

Don't see it if You don't' like one-man shows.

Also I have fond memories of seeing "Freak" years ago, and I think this sho... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in seeing dramatizations of recent events with good acting and interesting staging.

Don't see it if you feel that theater should be an escape from reality.

Also The acting and the direction were definitely stronger than the script.... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Hmm...I guess see it if you're interested in artistic reactions to gun violence and you like one person shows.

Don't see it if You don't like realistic one-person shows.

Also So...the actor did a pretty good job. She had to call for lines a coup... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you're a Branden Jacobs-Jenkins fan, you like seeing new adaptations of old classics, you enjoy a mix of spectacle and storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like weighty, philosophical topics like the nature of death, less-than-conventional theater.