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 This show is for someone that is looking for a thought provoking show that brings out a lot of different emotions.
Don't see it if If you want a conventional play that doesn’t make you take a hard look at society.
See it if You appreciate courage, original music, fresh perspectives, fantastically clever lyrics, new perspectives, and unconventional beauty
Don't see it if If you are homophobic you will either be woken up or greatly challenged by this play to see all people as worthy and beautiful
See it if If you have voices in your head from people and experiences in your past, you will relate to this show. Plus: top notch writing & music.
Don't see it if There is explicit reference to, and enactment of, gay sex. There's swearing, including the n-word. There is criticism of religion.
See it if This show is simply incredibly. Completely unique and new voice breaking down barriers. A Must see.
Don't see it if You're looking for the same old tired musicals.
See it if you like cutting-edge muscals. Creative staging, strg design (set, costumes). Many gd songs. Impt rarely-heard POV. Bl gay issues in USA.
Don't see it if you want resolns. You're caught (w talented author) in loop. No learning by rejecting parents. Destructive self-loathing. Repetitive issues.
See it if You like shows that use multiple actors to portray the main character’s thoughts and emotions. No linear plot line. Great songs/singing.
Don't see it if If you’re not ready to look at some of today’s issues presented in a direct unflinching way. I guess it would probably be considered not PC.
See it if Jackson's very meta, very intense, very reactionary, very sexually raunchy musical about black gay male identity Very, very in your face!
Don't see it if After the initial shock wears off (if it does), has much to say about commodification in black/white male society An angry/sad cri de coeur
See it if you have an interest in current theater, innovative musicals, black, queer or American culture, life in NYC or the human heart.
Don't see it if your idea of American art is Confederate statues.
See it if shocking honestly about life as a black, gay man expressed with humor and music interests you. It is unlike anything I have seen before.
Don't see it if you dislike sexual scenes or extreme stereotypes to make points. Or you have hearing problems & are unwilling to use a hearing device.
See it if A transgressive male -- black, gay, thick -- creates revealing meta-musical about a transgressive black, gay, thick male begging acceptance.
Don't see it if Darkly comic. False self-deprecation. Sexual situations. Raunch. Slurs. Still, there's more raw honesty here than is accustomed.
See it if hilarious, scabrous, heartbreaking; clever lyrics; convincing lead, ensemble used inventively 2 embody artist's inner obsessions
Don't see it if involves a lot of navel gazing; cliche-ish portrayal of intolerant parents; explicit gay sex not 4 everyone
See it if One man with his thoughts and emotions played by six (actors) thoughts. You want to laugh alot and just go with it.
Don't see it if If you get offended or uncomfortable with the subject.
Also Laughed a lot very enjoyable show. This is a Adult show.
See it if You enjoy in your face style theatre ! You are not squeamish about gay sex. You enjoy bio style theatre. You enjoy theatrical surprises !
Don't see it if You have no interest in the trials and life of a young black queer guy. You don’t enjoy raw language and actions to match.
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 Struggle to overcome negative thoughts and feelings about self-identity, being gay, race, weight, loneliness, self-esteem, religion & family
Don't see it if You don’t have empathy with someone who may have different personal problems than you. Real life language doesn’t hold anything back.
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 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 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 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 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