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Alice in Black and White

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

About the show

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company presents Robin Rice's period-hopping bio-play about Alice Austen, a groundbreaking female street photographer of Victorian-era NYC. More…

'Alice in Black and White' traces Austen's love affair with photography and with her partner, Gertrude Tate, at the turn of the 20th century, to her fall into poverty and obscurity by the 1950s. Originally produced in Louisville, KY, the production comes to Austen's native New York City in honor of the 150th anniversary of her birth. 

Member Reviews (6)


Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever
Avg Score

Enchanting, Educational, Delightful, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to feel connected to a wonderful artist you probably never heard of. She will reach out of the past and touch you.

Don't see it if You are not interested in history. You want a more intense, fast paced experience.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in historical plays about mostly unknown people; this play will entice you to find out more about Alice and her work.

Don't see it if you dislike historical plays; you dislike slightly less than top professional productions with minimal scenery, good but not great acting.

Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy story telling with your music. Jomama is a wonderful raconteur as well as a mesmerizing chanteuse. And can quickly change outfits.

Don't see it if you don't like cabaret or story telling with your music.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you love NY history, photography, love stories, theatrical staging and intelligent story-telling.

Don't see it if you want fluff.

Exquisite, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love classics. Remodeled

Don't see it if No reason

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if See it if you can

Don't see it if You should see it

August 7th, 2016
"The appealingly modest 'Alice in Black and White' straightforwardly tracks the life of this double pioneer...The show is at its best when it follows Austen at work and in love, especially since Kepler and Ellis have an affectionate rapport. Rice and the director lose their grounding when they tu...
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August 9th, 2016
"Beautifully written, splendidly directed, and featuring an excellent cast, this is one to see…Jennifer Thalman Kepler is superb as Alice Austen…’Alice in Black and White’ is an extraordinary testimony to Alice Austen's work, her lifestyle and her legacy. The intimate setting of 59E59 Theaters is...
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August 9th, 2016
"'Alice In Black and White' is an intimate portrayal of Alice Austen—an unconventional, daring, slice-of-life photographer who focused on 'Street Types of New York' for over 40 years. Robin Rice’s play is structurally uneven and confusing which detracts from a meaningful perspective of Austen’s c...
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August 10th, 2016
“Although awkward and obvious in moments, Rice’s play is an important tribute to a great artist. If ‘Alice’ inspires visits to the Alice Austen House in Staten Island it will have served an important benefit...Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis, some of the acting, particularly at the beginning of the ...
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