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All The Natalie Portmans

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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.  More…

From the show:

Sixteen year old Keyonna and her older brother Samuel live on the brink of eviction while dreaming of a better tomorrow. Too smart, “too gay”, and too lonely to fit in, Keyonna escapes into a world of rom coms, red carpets and all the iconic characters played by her muse, Natalie Portman. But when “all the Natalie Portmans” start talking back to her, Keyonna finally has to face her off-screen drama in this imaginative new play that reminds us to embrace life on the ground while still reaching for the stars.


Member Reviews (65)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
78
Avg Score

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

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.

Also The better you know Natalie Portman’s movies the better you’ll enjoy t... Read more Read less

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.

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).

Also The cast that makes up the family at the core of this piece deliver na... Read more Read less

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.

Also I know why I like this show Kara Young was great.

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

Also The best use of a refrigerator since "Requiem for a Dream"

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.

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

80
Cliched, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a well written piece about a young gay woman whose fantasies help her escape from her real life family issues

Don't see it if Contemporary ethnic themed dramas are not your preference

78
Enchanting

See it if Black family drama in poverty from a young, smart, Black lesbian's point of view. Predictable but enjoyable.

Don't see it if Natalie Portman's role is fun, not necessarily essential, despite title. Emotional but sadly a common family drama of poverty, alcoholism.

Also Diversity: all Black cast (except Natalie Portman) with a Black lesbia... Read more Read less

81
Great staging, Great acting, Quirky

See it if well written and well directed in a small space. an intimate show that kept to it's confined space. made one care about the characters

Don't see it if want big expansive themes. focus was on one family that represented more universal themes.

79
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A play about a family dealing with numerous issues- grieving death of patriarch,mother's alcoholism,son's criminal acts , loss of apt, and

Don't see it if This is a sad play about depressing characters. There are some comedic moments, but this is not a joyous event

Also teenage daughter's attempt to cope with all of the above, in addition ... Read more Read less

73
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to see a show of family loyality when it is against all odds and how a support system gets you through the day.

Don't see it if you dont want to see a family in distress with very little hope for a happy ending.

71
Indulgent, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you enjoy stories of siblings struggling under an alcoholic mother.

Don't see it if you're expecting something new in the "abused child has a fantasy live to escape" narrative.

85
Honest, tough, moving, inventive

See it if extremely well written and excellently acted plays with depth, thoughtfulness and emotion are your idea of great theatre. Surprising.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

83
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like a complex family story, beautifully told. The actors are compelling.

Don't see it if You are looking for a frothy comedy. This is serious with lighter moments to offset the message.

65
Ambitious, Slow, Cliched

See it if You want a coming of age story that has many obstacles for the main character.

Don't see it if A central conflict. The show tries to cover too many topics and the conceit of having Natalie Portman appear grows tiresome quickly.

84
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in seeing how a different culture handles family issues of lesbianism, alcohol & theft. Talented cast, Funny

Don't see it if Not interested in other cultures & their issues

76
Dizzying, Great staging, Great acting

See it if original coming of age story with a ver talented leading lady

Don't see it if you want something light...this story has teeth..m

78
Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if How family deals with the problems and young girl is looking for inner peace with the help of imaginary friend-Nataly Portman

Don't see it if Disfunctional family is too much for you.

79
Entertaining, Relevant, Clever

See it if You like to see plays in an intimate setting that have relevant topics and are current and not too heavy.

Don't see it if You want to see something with elaborate settings or plots.

71
Over-long, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like to see how an idea is developed onstage & don't mind a play that doesn't know how to end. Feels like a work in development.

Don't see it if you need a tight, finished piece with no wasted moves. Although the writing is brilliant, it would benefit from editing.

90
Riveting, Refreshing, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if you're ready for a hard hitting family drama packaged as a comedy. A hint of melodrama doesn't prevent you finding the emotional truth.

Don't see it if you want a light comedy. The marketing materials on this don't quite do it justice. From about five mins in this is pretty grim stuff.

Also Oddly easily the weakest aspect is how Natalie Portman is used, but it... Read more Read less

89
Entertaining, Great writing, Riveting, Great acting, Clever

See it if You love amazing acting in an intimate theater space.

Don't see it if you don't care to see plays involving issues w/homosexuality

76
Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy intense family dramas and are comfortable exploring painful family dysfunction and quirky elements.

Don't see it if your not interested in ensemble driven stories with intense family dynamics.


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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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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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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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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