Ain't No Mo' NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(74 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
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Negative
1%
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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Clever

About the Show

"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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Member Reviews (74)

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939 Reviews | 224 Followers
78
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
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

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
82
Uncompromising, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny

See it if you're attuned to current African-American issues, appreciate cutting-edge satire with uncompromising point of view, vignette style play

Don't see it if you're not interested in African-American issues, shocked by stinging satire aimed at variety of groups, don't appreciate drag queen humor Read more

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
83
Shows in mind-blowing but hilarious sketches the nightmare african-americans feel they are living in after obama

See it if scabrous satire; series of surrealistic sketches performed by bravura actors deal w full range of black responses 2 post-Obama America

Don't see it if not an integrated play; you need a taste for the bizarre 2 appreciate this Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
78
Satire, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Fantasy concocts exit strategy for all the oppressed who have reached their limit. Happy and sad scenes. Willing cast.

Don't see it if Fantasy happy and sad scenes beg for attention and rudimentarily clashing uneven evening.

501 Reviews | 127 Followers
80
Funny, Poigant, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you like dark, provocative comic dramas/sketches about race; great acting by all with emphasis on the writer/actor Jordan Cooper.

Don't see it if don't enjoy satirical works that gut punch while making u laugh; u see theater to get away from reality; don't like funny turning to misery.

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
86
Quirky, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in seeing a very clever take on black lives today. You enjoy sketch style humor. Leave pre-conceptions home !

Don't see it if You don’t like loud, raucous shows that make it difficult for you to understand the dialogue. You don’t enjoy fantasy and satire.

449 Reviews | 115 Followers
85
Provocative, Hilarious, Satirical, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see an impressive debut by a young playwright with a distinctive voice. If you liked "The Colored Museum," you will like this.

Don't see it if you don't like profanity or frequent use of the n-word or if you like disciplined, linear plots with characters who develop. 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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