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 Want an oft-hilarious, cleverly staged show based on playwright's real life; a heavy, blk gay man w all the cultural issues that assumes.
Don't see it if Have no interest in this important story and/or would be offended by raunchy staging/songs. It's long (no intrmssn) and sadly, no catharsis.
See it if you want to see a highly original new musical with a terrific cast and a first-rate production
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with gay themes, simulated sex and rough language.
Also One of the most inventive shows I have seen this year.
See it if you want to see musical telling story personal & close to home for the playwright without being indulgent. Entertaining & funny, also sad.
Don't see it if you can’t handle offensive and politically incorrect language. Delivered in humorous way, but awkward at times—unsure to laugh or not.
See it if Inspired musical by and about a black gay man -- graphic, but tugs at the heartstrings. Exuberant cast. Surprising set. I must get the CD
Don't see it if Father and, especially, mother's ranting songs against homosexuality are so honest as to be uncomfortable. Sex scene and dialogue are nailed
See it if A dive into a char’s consciousness. Cynical/accurate re what sells musicals. “If you don’t please the Caucasians you won’t get the dough!"
Don't see it if you think loops are for losers who don't try hard enough; a black, gay, fat man’s perspective’s too marginal to interest. NYC-centric.
See it if you like fun,refreshing new musicals exploring the boundaries of a character (young, black gay man) without being wordy or clichéd
Don't see it if you are offended by raunchy language and behavior.
See it if You want to see a great play like nothing you have seen. It is funny, smart, personal, moving, uncompromising and unafraid to break rules.
Don't see it if Afraid of or uncomfortable with: blackness, queerness, introspection, self and family disapproval, simulated sodomy or dissing Tyler Perry.
See it if You love an Off-Broadway musical that does what no Broadway musical ever could, because it's so family unfriendly and just downright crazy.
Don't see it if You have an uptight bone in your body. You will be offended.
See it if you want to experience an IMPORTANT THEATRICAL VOICE exploring key themes in identity, sexuality, family, & career. Superb performances!
Don't see it if you're not prepared for sexually frank dialogue, music, & action re: the life of a gay black man dealing with homophobia and body shame.
See it if you want to see staging from a theatrically unusual point of view: overweight, gay black man with all his insecurities. Cast is amazing.
Don't see it if you are offended by coarse language and sexually explicit scenes. Almost two hours with no intermission.
See it if to experience the journey of the protagonist (playwright). While funny at times, his pain is palpable. Ambitious & creative show. Very meta.
Don't see it if not comfortable with LGBT themes, explicit depiction/description of sexuality, or going deep with painful experiences. Could be tightened.
See it if Emotional rollercoaster of a fat, fem, and Black gay man barreling through the unaccepting gay and theater world that’s superficial & judgy.
Don't see it if Frequent cussing, N word, gay sex / hook up culture talk turn you off. Very emotional discussions of larger body, sex, race, religion,family
See it if You’re into the black queer narrative. Some harsh language, the N-word, and sexual talk, but, it was all relevant, as it was all woven to-
Don't see it if Gether. One of the best musicals, I’ve seen. It’s such a pivotal piece about the black gay plight. No reason not to see, unless you’re
See it if you're looking for characters traditionally unrepresented in musical theatre; you have an interest in identity issues
Don't see it if you're looking for a classic, feel-good musical; you're uncomfortable with brutally frank discussions of race, sexuality, and identity
See it if You want to see a no holds barred musical exploration of black queer culture.
Don't see it if You're offended by crude language or want to see a expertly precise musical because this is a little rough around the edges.
See it if Full-on Bway-style musical about a queer black character who's writing a musical while full of self-loathing, demeaned by religious parents
Don't see it if Show is raw, out there, sometimes so personal it's hard to watch; not for young kids. But powerful, groundbreaking stuff and the lead is A++
See it if A wild, reflecting -mirrors exploration of identity. Oozes creativity, energy and hormones. Jackson is a real talent.
Don't see it if The identity in question is a black, gay. overweight theater nerd. There is lots of booty sex talk and some mildly graphic same-sex sex.
See it if “looking at one’s self through the eyes of others”, Jackson’s Usher grapples with many things including doubt, fear, pain, sexuality...
Don't see it if ... boundaries, faith, family, facing rejection , being fat, black, gay... and his inner white girl.
See it if You want to see an underrepresented voice in musical theatre share with you the complex truth of their life. Wonderful music, ensemble work.
Don't see it if You can’t face current musical theatre. You refuse to take in harsh realities. Story does not shy away from sex and difficult discoveries.
See it if you want to see great actors and singers in a self-referential, fourth wall breaking performance
Don't see it if you aren't into meta storylines, or preciousness, or up to the minute references that will not age well (ie, Truvada for Prep)
See it if you are interested in work that addresses timely, hot-button topics in a deeply personal way. Heartfelt, authentic, and raunchy, all in one.
Don't see it if you cannot follow a layered structure - the "strange loop" of writer, lead character, and antagonist of the show that character is writing.
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