Playwrights Horizons and Page 73's new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons — not least of which, his own punishing thoughts — in an attempt to capture and understand his own strange loop. More…
Usher is a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical.
See it if u want to see a thoughtful, thought-provoking (& honest, personal) coming-of-age story that starts strong but eventually goes off-the-rails.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with frank (gay) sexual language & simulation, profanity & raw emotion; you seek a safe, conventional musical.
See it if you are FAMISHED for any kind of "black" theater
Don't see it if you were expecting high brow black theater, because this is very "Tyler Perry story-telling" style despite what it preaches! WORD!!!
See it if A strong black, gay, cis-gender male voice trying to figure suss out a world of confusing sexual & racial existence, acceptance & evolution.
Don't see it if I didn't understand this. As a white, straight, cis-gender male I didn't get it. Strong, intelligent, conflicted and earnest but lost on me
See it if you like supporting new works, shows with LGBTQ+ themes, and are curious about all the hype
Don't see it if you are sensitive to heavy language/sexual situations or would rather see a show with a more traditional plot
See it if You are interested in the story of a black, overweight gay man trying to write a musical and find his way in life.
Don't see it if LGBT stories don’t interest you. You have no tolerance for an unfinished work.
See it if you want to see the "Inside Out" film idea on an overweight black LGBT musical theater writer. Interesting topic but doesn't work here.
Don't see it if you need smart/precise stories and production. Flat and runs out of steam - even in cultural rants. Stronger writing and direction needed.
See it if You want to see a 25 year old, troubled, confused young man bare his life. There was no redemption. Nothing new here at all.
Don't see it if As a gay man myself, I found it vulgar. "Edgy" doesn't mean crass. I found it disturbing. Are we laughing with him or at him?
See it if want to see a powerful song where a mother's comforting love curdles into a diatribe against homosexuality. The show hits its stride here.
Don't see it if Meta "how to write a show about me" conceit is tiresome. PH should've helped shape this promising piece and put it in their smaller theater