a photograph: lovers in motion
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a photograph: lovers in motion
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a photograph: lovers in motion NYC Reviews and Tickets

64%
(17 Reviews)
Positive
47%
Mixed
35%
Negative
18%
Members say
Great acting, Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining

About the Show

This drama offers a bold and prescient exploration of love within the world of Black creative artists in the waning years of the Black Arts Movement in San Francisco.

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Member Reviews (17)

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811 Reviews | 221 Followers
70
Edgy, Quirky, Slow, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want to see Ntozake Shange's work adapted and directed by her sister with nice music compositions and interesting choreography.

Don't see it if you do not like conflict and a central character who uses people to no end. An extremely long first act at almost 2 hours is difficult.

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to see top rate acting

Don't see it if If you are patient because it’s slow!

392 Reviews | 204 Followers
68
Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You love the writings of Ntozake Shange with her poetic phrasing and floral dialogue. Actors did a great job with the material given.

Don't see it if Direction and staging plays is an integral part of your personal enjoyment. This play was way too long and needs editing. Read more

403 Reviews | 104 Followers
45
Shameful, Dated, Great writing, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy great poetry, great writing and great choreography and are willing to suspend your evaluation of the subject

Don't see it if you think a show embracing misogyny and abuse, especially by a great writer, has any place on stage in 2020. Read more

337 Reviews | 87 Followers
68
Period piece, Great writing, Great cast & performances, Ambitious, Slow

See it if The work of Ntozake Shange interests.

Don't see it if Relationships in 1977, misogyny and the Black Arts Movement at the time hold no interest. Read more

287 Reviews | 81 Followers
67
Emotionally distant, Had some moments, Way too long, Belabored. repetitious

See it if you want to see a 1977 period piece with occasional powerful interludes of prose; don't cringe at some outdated female 'archetypes,"

Don't see it if you expect that this revised, refocused version of a 40 year old play to be an improvement over the original Read more

263 Reviews | 30 Followers
77
Cliched, Quirky, Long, Ambitious

See it if you like poetic language performed by a strong cast

Don't see it if you don’t like quasi-stereotype characters or misogynistic men

100 Reviews | 6 Followers
68
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of Ntozake Shange, whose works can be profane but difficult

Don't see it if You're not ready to think a little during the performance

Critic Reviews (2)

TheaterScene.net
February 21st, 2020

"While the play at times seems overheated...the energy and passion of the actors help carry it along...Bayeza has obtained fascinating and full bodied performances from her cast of five, but her technique and blocking still seem somewhat rudimentary.
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Front Row Center
February 9th, 2020

Score: 65% "The dialogue is part prose and part poetry and has a lovely richness to it. Unfortunately, it is lost to over staging, music, and dance."
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