T'Challa

New York City | 18-24 | Other
About:  Where are all the black people?
Reviews (42)
24
During previews
Disappointing, Dizzying, Banal

See it if You like the movie, maybe? tbh you could just watch the movie. If you LOVE production design.

Don't see it if You want a good book / lyrics. If you're looking for something that... Well, frankly, if you're looking for something good.

90
God Said This
West Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You're interested in a story that deals heavily with the ideas of how we untangle ourselves from the long arms of grief.

Don't see it if You're not interested in understanding or navigating grief.

96
During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Black people really be out here just writing!

See it if You're interested in a deep unraveling of what it means to be attracted to white people or be desired by white people.

Don't see it if You're not ready to handle having a honest conversation with yourself about desire and what it means.

Also The thing about this play, is that for me, the first two acts are lite... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Banal, Delightful

See it if You want a deep mediation on why white people are always a step behind on the fight for racial justice.

Don't see it if You're not interested in laughing at the white people we all know.

Also This play, for me, reminded me of the overall uselessness of whiteness... Read more Read less

86
Enchanting, Exquisite, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you love Brecht, John Doyle, or that fine ass Raul Esparza.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with Brecht or John Doyle just doesn't do it for you anymore.

Also This was my first time seeing Brecht and while it took my brain some t... Read more Read less

88
Good Grief
Gramercy
Absorbing, Delightful, Ngozi is god, Epic

See it if You're looking for a show that is a deep meditation of the theme of grief. How does it swallow us? How do we attempt to escape it?

Don't see it if You're looking for black pain or the chance to see a black woman be "strong". This is a story about grief and love and want.

20
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Banal, Disappointing

See it if I honestly have no idea why you would want to see this show.

Don't see it if You like having fun or enjoy a good time.

100
Fairview
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Ambitious, Jackie sibbie drury is god, Black women just do the damn thing

See it if You wanted a thoroughly constructed and then deconstructed conversation about race.

Don't see it if You want to be comfortable or you want an easy pill to swallow.

Also FAIRVIEW left me exhausted and squirming in my seat. It felt so great ... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, That damn alex!!!!

See it if You want a dazzling show that really makes you consider the healing power of storytelling. Also: THAT DAMN ALEX!!!

Don't see it if You want something that won't break your heart or don't like discussions of colorism.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Nuanced view of people from the hood

See it if You want a great look at the life of people who the American theatre routinely leaves on the outskirts of conversation.

Don't see it if You want something clean and pristine and afraid of endings that leave you wanting more.

75
Bump
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want to learn more about birth than you probably ever would have or an incredibly warm story.

Don't see it if You want something that leaves you on the edge of your seat.

50
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Banal, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You like being bored and watching two people talk at each other for hours on end.

Don't see it if You value your free time.

Also I'm still confused by this show because I went in wanting very much to... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You want a show that REALLY tackles a lot of problems facing the American theatre today. It really dives in and goes for it.

Don't see it if You want a show that sticks the landing. Everything up until the end of this show is fucking solid.

66
During previews
Transfers
West Village
Disappointing, White women writing about brown boys

See it if You're looking for just an average night at the theatre.

Don't see it if You're looking for a deeper dive into the systems that keep so many folks from the hood out of ivy league colleges.

Also The idea of this play is wonderful, but it just doesn't move or go any... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Dutch Masters
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want an exploration of two characters who know nothing and everything about each other. The writing feels a lot like Anne Baker.

Don't see it if You want something groundbreaking or heavy in spectacle.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Black women are god, Riveting

See it if You want your face melted off from the singing going on. If you want a nuanced view into the lives of black women in the south.

Don't see it if you hate singing, directing, and all the other elements that culimate together to create a breath taking show.

Also I cried four times.

94
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Lynn nottage is god

See it if If you want a show about people that normally aren't thought about in the theatre and the way race divides each and every one of us.

Don't see it if If you'd prefer some big spectical or don't like having to engage with text and people who are not like you.

26
Halcyon Days
Midtown W
Banal, Dated, Insipid

See it if I honestly can't give you a reason to see it other than maybe you enjoy something akin to House of Cards and bad dialogue.

Don't see it if If you want to see something good. It feels so long and the dialogue is just sooooo much at once and not in the good way.

50
Not funky enough, Disappointing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if If you like having someone rap at you for a while or if you can tell a storyline from the first ten or so minutes. The set is POPPIN.

Don't see it if If you're expecting something life altering or shifting. It's a really cute concept that doesn't go much further than that.

100
Is God Is
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Epic, Great writing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You want a nuanced revenge story that gives you a literal fucking mountain on stage. Come on, you know you wanna see how that works.

Don't see it if You hate good theatre and would much rather go see something on broadway which won't make you do anything other than laugh.

80
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy laughing and feeling nervous about things going wrong.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy laughing.

86
The Light
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You're interested in plays that deal heavily with who this society decides to believe and who it doesn't.

Don't see it if You don't like things that are too on the nose or don't really move into new and uncharted lands.

12
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Banal, Dated, Disappointing

See it if I don't, honestly, know why you would want to see this show. I can't find a reason.

Don't see it if You want a good time or enjoy life or enjoy not having your time wasted.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if you're interested in making a choice and maybe, quite possibly, even disagreeing with the writer.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in participating and want something that leaves you on ground that hasn't been shaken apart.

Also Heidi Schreck is now the white artist that all others will be held aga... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Black women saved it

See it if You enjoy a good sci-fi story and want the chance to shout with your fellow audience.

Don't see it if You're not into folk. I'm not and while there were moments of the music that did it for me, I still found myself disconnected often.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Aleshea harris is god

See it if You want to have a moment of collective healing, if you want the chance to be in a room full of Black people celebrating themselves.

Don't see it if You're uninterested in Black people and I really mean that.

Also Aleshea Harris has crafted a ritual that is dedicated to the broken bl... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You want a great look at a time in world history that hardly gets any discussion.

Don't see it if You're wanting something more than a drama about a family.

Also This story wrapped me in a warm blanket and lulled me into a false sen... Read more Read less

20
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Dizzying, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You want a bad play masquerading as something good.

Don't see it if You're looking for another other than a trans man being used as a stand in for EVERY trans person.

Also This play is dangerous. It seels itself as an introspective look at th... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Antoinette nwandu is god, Masterful, Intense

See it if You're invested in stories about black men being seen as human. If you want a real show about race in America.

Don't see it if You're going to leave reviews talking about "ghetto talk" that ain't got shit to do with the show.

18
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, White people love donna summer

See it if You want something good? or something worth seeing?

Don't see it if You like the typical jukebox that just asks you to sit there and enjoy yourself.

100
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Dominique morisseau is god

See it if You want a nuanced view of black people in a world that is constantly trying to push them out.

Don't see it if You don't want to get pulled into a narrative that will punch you in the gut by the end.

Also Dominique Morisseau crafts and completely compelling narrative that gi... Read more Read less

80
The Sea Concerto
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if You want to be pulled in by a story and gripped.

Don't see it if You want something huge in spectacle or set or any of that. Everything derives from the actors and what you are watching on stage.

100
The Lucky Ones
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You want to see what musical theatre could be and want to see someone push the form.

Don't see it if You want to sit there and not be moved or involved or invested in anything happen on stage.

60
During previews
Unexpected Joy
Midtown E
Cliched, Great singing, Excruciating

See it if You like musicals and centrist ideas of "you are just as bad as the people that want you dead."

Don't see it if You want something more than a basic music that really doesn't do anything for anyone.

Also The show is... Lackluster. Most of the songs don't move the plot forwa... Read more Read less

13
Ms. Estrada
Soho/Tribeca
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy pain and punishing yourself having a good day.

Don't see it if You want an experience, something good, something that you'll want to remember forever.

Also The Flea has an AMAZINGLY talented acting company, but they are never ... Read more Read less

82
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Cliched

See it if You love getting the chance to see a group of actors dominates the stage. If you love supporting voices of color or if you just a good show.

Don't see it if If you don't like table dramas or angry young men talking about their anger.

77
Everybody
Midtown W
Cliched, Absorbing, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if If you want to watch humans recon with their own mortality and what it means to leave everything behind when you die.

Don't see it if If you don't like direct adaptions that just sort of twist things into a modern lens.

92
Relevance
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, White lady is redeemed

See it if You want all the intersectional feminist drama that you can handle. The acting is POPPIN. The story is POPPIN.

Don't see it if If you don't want to reckon with the way in which white women are also part of a white supremacist system.

82
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy a good romcom that starts off like a raging fire and slowly fizzles out towards the end. The opening of this show is INCREDIBLE.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy romantic comedies or stories that follow similar narratives.

Also There are great commentaries on the way in which women are forced to b... Read more Read less

10
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, White boy does everything wrong and still wins

See it if You like the cookie cutter broadway musical and don't really see a point in engaging with ideas that make you think about... anything.

Don't see it if If you like seeing characters make mistakes and face consequences that aren't the chance to sing in a apple orchard at the end of the show.

1
During previews
Mankind
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You REALLY like Andre De Shields and everything that he has going on. He saved the show, breathed some life into it, and is great.

Don't see it if You're interested in the premise because it literally just stops at "what if women weren't here" and doesn't seek to explore it.

Also "Women are gone. Dude. Women. Are. Gone." That's the play. It doesn't ... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy a nuanced show about black people and the ways that class can carry you away from the people you love.

Don't see it if If you don't like plays that tend to get a little rocky towards the second act.