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 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 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 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 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.
See it if You are interested in autobiographical work of battling one’s inner demons and external negative life forces, beautifully sung,.
Don't see it if You are squeamish or easily triggered. There’s a lot of material here some may find offensive.
See it if You are ready to laugh, cry, snap, clap and be thoroughly entertained with amazing voices, inventive lyrics and magnificent sets
Don't see it if you are offended by truth that is not yours, racist or homophobic
See it if you want to see supremely talented actors showcase their talents & are okay with the 1st and 2nd halves of the show being different tonally
Don't see it if you want a show that’s either 100% comedic or 100% serious / don’t want to think about race as it pertains to the musical theater industry
See it if you like over the top meta-music theater that is bluntly discussing intersectional themes and current "studies" theories.
Don't see it if you don't like raunchy character studies that have the world worst character arc (my flaw is I don't love myself enough).
See it if You enjoy innovative musical theater, explorations of identity (race, queer, family, religious, feminist) and general fierceness!
Don't see it if frank explorations of gay sexuality make you uncomfortable.
See it if you appreciate a deep dive into race and sexuality with humor and music, very well-performed and staged.
Don't see it if you are looking for traditional themes or need a traditional narrative.
See it if You ever doubted your identity, esp. gay or black man; it’s an autobiographic musical, with writer/composer as lead.. salute to his talent
Don't see it if Lyrics are written to confront/provoke.. “AIDS is punishment” for eg.; entertaining start, then turns more self-loathing till end;
See it if The writer and main actor are talented, and some parts of the story are unique and funny and inspiring. Good ideas, and good concept, but ..
Don't see it if Overly campy, and title conceit is a trite idea pretending to be intellectual. Some good moments but this needs some serious shaping.
See it if Looking for a challenging and wildly unconventional show. Don’t be put off by the cerebral sounding description. It’s emotional and funny.
Don't see it if Unprepared for sexually and racially provocative content. It’s pretty far out there.
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