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Ain't No Mo'

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Members say: 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. More…

In a kaleidoscope of scenes of the moments before, during, and after this outrageous departure, Jordan E. Cooper’s new work explores the value of black lives in a country hurtling away from the promise of a black president. 


Member Reviews (73)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Clever
81
Avg Score

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.

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.

Also This is an important contribution to contemporary theatre, and Jordan ... Read more Read less

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

Also Funny, stinging play that takes no prisoners; often surprising satiric... Read more Read less

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

Also Thru hilarious satire gives arresting view of how the black population... Read more Read less

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.

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.

69
Over the top (or bottom), No holds barred playwrighting, Absurdist surreal humor

See it if This play permits every thought about race, however painful, to come out of the playwright’s mind and be performed on stage.

Don't see it if Common decency, social sense or political correctness would censor every scene, but it’s funny if it didn’t.

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.

Also It's both funny and fierce and wildly uneven. The sketches vary widely... Read more Read less

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.

81
Resonant, Relevant, Quirky, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want relevant theater that pushes boundaries and might make you feel a little uncomfortable. Phenomenal acting (even by the understudy)

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged, uncomfortable, or can't deal with profanity.

70
Intelligent, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Funny

See it if Enjoyable, gimmicky show. Vignettes of a what-if world where all American black people left the country. Powerhouse performances. Funny.

Don't see it if The first vignette went on way too long. Sometimes hard to understand over accents.

89
Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the new genre of black scifi that was enhanced with Get Out. A witty well written piece on reparations, etc

Don't see it if raucous slangy borderline racist dialogue doesn't suit your taste

86
Great writing, Dizzying, Great acting, Relevant, Clever

See it if high-energy satire of the black experience in US; multiple vignettes that alternate between outrageous, extremely funny to some slower ones*

Don't see it if don't like satires, vignettes, or instances with fast dialogue (so may miss some), don't want any profanity; have no empathy

Also *that are sad (prison, clinic scenes) although the playwright still ad... Read more Read less

83
Thrilling, Campy, shrewd, mortifying, scary, devastating and deep., Bewildering

See it if Read the NY Times review. I just knew it was very special without actually being able to say why. The ideas were so many, confusing, great

Don't see it if You are not prepared for a crazy, flying ride. Hard to know where you are from minute to minute, and then riveting.

80
Clever, Quirky, Edgy, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an edgy and thought provoking series of vignettes that, through satire, attempt to describe the black experience post Obama.

Don't see it if You don’t want to think about the race realities in America today- because this play forces you to think!

Also I feel hopeful that a play with such a young playwright can find its v... Read more Read less

84
Relevant, Raunchy

See it if Various Black issues (some stereotypical, some more nuanced) play out in the scenario: what if they all could just leave the US?

Don't see it if N-word and other profanity is triggering/offensive. Race talks make you uncomfortable. Series of vignettes, so doesn't have a standard plot.

Also Ticket from online rush via TodayTix app for $27.50.

77
Uneven, Resonant, Quirky, Funny, Absorbing

See it if This show is fascinating, if terribly uneven. Think sketch comedy meets social commentary meets black church meets a stark examination of

Don't see it if race relations. While some of the vignettes are stronger than others, it comes together with an incredibly poignant and compelling ending.

78
Relevant, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if A funny, in-your-face look at black lives in America today in this post-Obama world.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged or forced to take a hard look at where our society is right now.

89
Intense, Absorbing, Must see, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see great acting whose show moves you emotionally to laugh, cry, and think about racism

Don't see it if You don’t like loud sounds, with frequent use of the word nigger, and don’t like plays about racism.

53
Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you can sit through 2 hours with no intermission wishing you could leave.

Don't see it if you can avoid it.

88
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Moving, Funny, Bold

See it if you're willing to laugh/cry at yourself and others while wanting to scream/cry about the world we live in; this is true theater, a must see

Don't see it if you need linear, simple, uncontroversial theater; if you'd rather see Carol King, The Musical; you don't want to face today's race realities

Also Imagine if God (or a racist president) told Noah (or the fabulous Peac... Read more Read less

80
Profound, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a show that's entertaining and thought provoking - with the hardest working and most talented cast off-Broadway!

Don't see it if You don't like plays that challenge your thoughts on a variety of subjects.

87
Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if If you’re looking for intensely relevant theatre. This dark comedy will make you think and pushes boundaries. It has stayed with me.

Don't see it if If you’re offended by stories telling the truth about racism in our country. If dark comedy doesn’t make you laugh or you dislike new work.

89
Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to see several tour de force performances and take a flight to an America with a past and present that cries out for improvement.

Don't see it if you do not like the unusual or if you need a linear story or have no sympathy for the history and present-day life of a black person.

Also The first scene was hard to take. Though, the black people in the audi... Read more Read less

98
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if About the black experience.

Don't see it if if profanity is an issue, this is not the play to see


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...
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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 wildes...
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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 n...
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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 ...
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