All The Natalie Portmans
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All The Natalie Portmans
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All The Natalie Portmans NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(66 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

About the Show

In MCC's world premiere, too smart, “too gay”, and too lonely to fit in, sixteen year old Keyonna escapes into a world of rom coms, red carpets and all the iconic characters played by her muse, Natalie Portman. 

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Member Reviews (66)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
74
Relevant, Script needs work, Well staged, Well acted, Absorbing

See it if you like dysfunl family dramedies, this one abt 16 yo lesbian brainiac. Strg perfs lift the unfocused material. A few laughs/gd reveals.

Don't see it if you want a gr script. Natalie used weakly. Mom inconsistent. BFF visits repetitive. Happy-ish ending unearned. Impt story of econ insecurity

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
88
Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like shows that you’ll be thinking about long after you’ve left. A real slice of life as well as decidedly quirky. Great set/lighting.

Don't see it if You’re not ready to confront some serious real life issues. The reality of how some poor life choices can haunt you is on full display here. Read more

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
70
Banal, Ambitious, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if A 16 year old lesbian and a dysfunctional family. Good set and lights. Has some good things in it.

Don't see it if Inconsistent acting and a story which is fair at best. To understand and have seen Portman's movies helps.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
78
Cliched, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if to see what's essentially an episode of "Good Times" w/Natalie Portman instead of JJ for comic relief; to see a fearless perf by Kara Young.

Don't see it if u don't want to see another dysfunctional family struggling to survive; u seek levity (tho this isn't w/o its share of light moments). Read more

612 Reviews | 125 Followers
80
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Young girl and her family trying to make ends meet. They have serious family drama.

Don't see it if Not a happy, jump for joy story. Want to see singing. Read more

457 Reviews | 127 Followers
85
Best use of refrigerator, Super talented acting company, Fantasy realism, Timely, Great writing

See it if 4 Kara Young's performance, 4 carefully calibrated balance tragedy/comedy/fantasy, dynamic portrayal of a black family's life & lesbian teen

Don't see it if cant C how Natalie Portman could B an inspiration 4 black lesbian teen, can't bear 2 C urban poor on stage, need clear cut happy ending Read more

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
89
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like dramas with a heart.This touching, funny, and thoughtful show is very well done.There is much to think about with this show.

Don't see it if you want bright and cheerful and silly.This has a lot of humor, but it forces you to think about white privilege.Very well done.

435 Reviews | 117 Followers
76
Black teen has imaginary movie star friend

See it if Kara Young scores again as a teenage lesbian trying to deal with her alcoholic mother and the resulting poverty, Very touching family drama

Don't see it if Her imaginary Natalie Portman becomes very real on stage. An unusual study of celebrity worship. Montego Glover is moving as the mother

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
February 25th, 2020

"An Imaginary Friend With an Oscar: C.A. Johnson’s play stars Kara Young in a full-body, whole-heart, tensed-muscle performance."
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Time Out New York
February 24th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "The rest of C.A. Johnson's play, unfortunately, is awash in Hollywood-style clichés. Keyonna is smart as hell but skips AP calculus  ''cause it's easy.' (Between this play...and 'The New Englanders,' Young is quickly cornering the market on brash, brainy teenagers.)"
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Theatermania
February 24th, 2020

"'All the Natalie Portmans' Asks: More Natalies, More Problems? C.A. Johnson's ambitious new play makes its off-Broadway debut.":
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Lighting & Sound America
February 25th, 2020

"'All the Natalie Portmans' might have been a formulaic domestic drama, but it has plenty of grit and a mind of its own."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 24th, 2020

"A raw, blistering play that's as hopeful as it is devastating. Directed with alacrity and an eye for subtlety by Kate Whoriskey,..Beautifully realized by a superb cast led by incandescent Kara Young as Keyonna."
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New York Stage Review
February 24th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "C.A. Johnson's tender new play is illuminated by the vivacious, indomitable Kara Young."
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Theater News Online
February 27th, 2020

"Kara Young's journey from daydreamer to family savior forms the heartfelt if undercooked arc of C.A. Johnson's domestic tale."
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TheaterScene.net
March 2nd, 2020

"While the play is not entirely fresh, the characters are so honestly drawn that director Kate Whoriskey's cast not only holds our interest but makes us worry about their futures."
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