Ain't No Mo' NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(74 Reviews)
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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Clever

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"Ain't No Mo'" is a vibrant satirical odyssey portraying the great exodus of Black Americans out of a country plagued with injustice.

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Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you want a show that has seriousness, camp. A d many other things to this story. Good acting,and stage presence . Non linear production.

Don't see it if It csn get away from the story a little and delve inyo absurd. If you dont like a story about race rrlations.

90
Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Harrowing, Funny

See it if you want to take a funny, poignant & harsh look at the state of black affairs in post-Obama America ...& discover a gifted young playwright!

Don't see it if you are unwilling to confront the realities of racism; you don't want to be moved & challenged. Read more

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
March 27th, 2019

“Ain’t No Mo’ is bumpy. It’s also thrilling, bewildering, campy, shrewd, mortifying, scary, devastating and deep...What Cooper has attempted, and director Walker-Webb has brought close to fruition, is nothing less than a spiritual portrait of black American life right now...The best parts of 'Ain’t No Mo’ master a complicated trick: pulling wrenching drama out of a party hat of borrowed theatrical attitudes."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 27th, 2019

“Cooper’s rowdy, wily 'Ain’t No Mo’ is a satire that works...Balancing explosive playfulness with focused attack, fierce lament with equally fierce celebration...Though ‘Ain’t No Mo’ never drags, the play is strongest when Cooper keeps a vivifying dose of humor in the mix...At its best and wildest, ‘Ain’t No Mo’ spirals into the kind of absurdism that feels like a mirror up to nature: It’s dead funny, but it’s no joke.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 27th, 2019

"Throws lots of ideas into its rambunctious mix, and not all of them land...There's a lack of discipline that sometimes prevents the evening from being as impactful...Dense, colloquialism-packed verbiage is delivered at such a fast pace that much of it is lost...But there's no denying that this new playwright has lots of important things to say and a fresh, original way of saying them. Walker-Webb's energetic staging adds to the excitement, as do the absolutely terrific performances.”
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Theatermania
April 9th, 2019

“Hilarious and heartbreaking...By laying such an extreme premise within a slightly fantastical world, Cooper allows for one of the most nuanced and illuminating dissections of African-American identity I've seen on a stage...As Cooper so beautifully lays out, black identity in America is one big inscrutable web of dichotomies and contradictions that only gets more knotted the longer we fail to acknowledge how it came to be."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 10th, 2019

"Stylistically, it is all over the place, a hodgepodge that mixes stark indictments and self-congratulatory excoriations with the lowest of camp...'Ain't No Mo's' weaknesses include a taste for overkill, a preference for righteous rage over wit, and a tendency to speak so loudly and so fast that it becomes positively tongue-tied...This isn't satire -- it's provocation mixed with self-indulgence, two qualities that cancel each other out."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 27th, 2019

"Hotter than a billy goat with a blow torch and at least ten times as funny, sad, hopeful, scary, and absurd, sometimes all at once...A jaw-dropping thrill ride...Both the playwright and director take a no-holds-barred approach...frequently threatening to send everything careening out of control yet somehow managing to keep it all on track...An awesome evening...with every line of dialog and every performance by the altogether exquisite cast contributing immeasurably."
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New York Stage Review
March 27th, 2019

“Though funny—with a somber underpinning—from start to finish, Cooper isn’t entirely kidding about his radical ‘Ain’t No Mo’ proposal...Cooper’s characters can be rib-tickling in their vulgarities, but while he’s tickling ribs, he’s also punching guts...He does have a knack for getting laughs while hitting home. So his intentions couldn’t be clearer. Far from questioning the country’s racist fabric, he demonstrates varying ways in which racism persists.”
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New York Stage Review
March 27th, 2019

“A show so beyond woke that you may lose sleep pondering the many sharply pointed facets of blackness raised by this prickly 90-minute series of short plays...Similar to ‘The Colored Museum’ only in its revue-like format and aim to be satirical...Walker-Webb stages everything sharply and briskly...’Ain’t No Mo’ is one very smart, slick, satirical show that deserves a longer run...This exciting production is likely to do for newcomer Cooper’s career what 'The Colored Museum' did for Wolfe."
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TheaterScene.net
April 14th, 2019

"Delving into black life and attitudes now, the play is hilarious - but not laugh-out-loud funny. Unfortunately, in Stevie Walker-Webb's fine production at The Public's LuEsther Hall, the sketches go on too, long, way past their due date and long after we have gotten the point of the satire. Of the talented cast of six African American actors, five are in the majority of the scenes while playwright Cooper appears in three solo sketches."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 4th, 2019

“Cooper’s sensational new satire...A series of wildly flamboyant vignettes...Each vignette lampoons a contemporary African-American stereotype in a style that’s alternatingly hilarious and outrageous...A razor-sharp series of satirical scenes about the post-Obama black identity crisis in America...Walker-Webb directs a splendid cast...Leading the cast is the remarkable Jordan E. Cooper, a stunningly talented young playwright/performer who dares to take us on this trip."
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CurtainUp
April 1st, 2019

"Divided into 8 vignettes that are loosely tethered to the theme of human injustice, 'Ain't No Mo'' falters now and then in its later sketches. But it drives home the message that African-Americans must carve out their vital cultural identity in a country that has oppressed them for centuries...A play like this of course couldn't soar without its sharp ensemble acting and production values neatly anchored in place."
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Front Row Center
March 28th, 2019

"The play plus the demographics conspire to make a person aware of exactly where they fall on the color spectrum – and this is the first of many good reasons why you want to get your butt over to Lafayette Street now...Cooper has set up eight scenes that flash back and forth in time. The speed with which these scenes are delivered is dizzying – this is the point. Do not try and hold on. Do not try and make sense."
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Front Mezz Junkies
April 14th, 2019

"Satirical and devilishly funny...a piece of surprising power stuffed inside a laugh out loud flight of fancy...The cast of 6, five passengers and the wildly inappropriate and utterly fantastic Peaches, played to the skies by playwright Cooper, feasts its eyes on the prize and delivers the goods with style and hilarity...They push and pull forth idea after compelling idea with wise power, finding the funny in the pain and disappointment of our current situation."
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Exeunt Magazine
April 8th, 2019

"It is uncompromising, unambiguous, and unafraid. It is also a ton of fun, and in this light emerges the great power of this young playwright...In part, 'Ain’t No Mo’' is a ruse, offering the guise of ebullience in the place of real grief, and challenging its audience to recognize the real complexity of black life. But there is no trick to Cooper’s message here, and the Public’s production amplifies this new voice boldly and vibrantly."
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New York Theater
March 27th, 2019

"‘Ain’t No’ Mo’ does not offer a direct flight. We make stops...and veer from comic and chaotic to pointed and unsettling...When the issues under surveillance involve life and death, the play hits close to a bullseye. Other times, it’s just taking potshots...There are sometimes dizzying shifts between the outlandish and the grim in 'Ain’t No’ Mo’,' but if they may cause some audience members whiplash, both the design team and the six-member cast handle them with impressive dexterity.”
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T
April 8th, 2019

"Couldn't be better expressed than by the remarkably versatile ensemble performing it…What ensues is a wild, often broadly farcical, yet always deeply serious work. Its comically nightmarish scenes reveal the vanished promise of 'ain't no mo' and the fury, frustration, and fear that being black in America fuels in so many dreams…A cartoonish approach pervades nearly everything…It gets a smashing production at the hands of director Stevie Walker-Webb."
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Gotham Playgoer
May 3rd, 2019

“Cooper’s funny, fierce satire about racism...This 24-year-old recent graduate of The New School’s College of Performing Arts is a playwright to watch...Cooper has written — and stars in — this collection of scenes...As often happens in a collection of this sort, the quality of the scenes varies widely, with more hits than misses. Even the weaker ones usually make up in energy what they lack in coherence...Walker-Webb occasionally loses momentum near the end of the play.”
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The Wrap
March 27th, 2019

“Amazing new play...Repeatedly, Cooper’s writing delivers sustained absurdist comedy that comes crashing down at scene’s end, only to pick back up again for yet another wild ride through bigoted modern America. This young playwright’s satire takes no prisoners...Walker-Webb’s direction makes repeated and awesome leaps, but he and Cooper are equally good at depicting life in between the extremes.”
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scribicide
April 4th, 2019

"Cooper is asking important questions: To what degree is Black America inseparable from the white supremacy that helped shape it? To what degree is white America inseparable from its racist violence? The two are intertwined in a destructive but also intimate relationship; is flight even possible anymore?"
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Diandra Reviews it All
March 28th, 2019

"One of the funniest, most poignant plays on race I have ever seen...It is an acting Olympics of which each actor makes themselves mesmerizing and memorable, especially because this is a play about disappointment...Webb’s direction turns 'Ain’t No Mo' into a high-octane, socio-political version of Saturday Night Live for theater lovers...'Ain’t No Mo' is exuberant and fabulously hilarious, but, like many comedies, it is based on human atrocities."
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M
March 31st, 2019

"The play is broken into several skits meant to be both hilarious & profound. There's an incandescent brilliance to Cooper's ideas but many are rehashed tropes of discrimination, mass incarceration, rampant killing of black men...The segmented skits idle and then take off with fierce velocity. The rapid fire conceits are served up fast & furious leaving me baffled & off-balanced. Perhaps, that's Cooper's intent but it left me feeling apart from the conversation."
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