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.
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.
See it if You're looking mostly for something entertaining and well acted, and aren't so bothered by whether it lives up to its potential.
Don't see it if You're particular bothered by tonal inconsistencies and cliches. Or if you're looking for something lighter in tone.
See it if you are a fan of young Kara Young’s acting: She nearly transcends her material.you expect the plot & characters of a psychological family dr
Don't see it if you expect the plot & characters of a psychological family drama to cohere.
See it if best thing about this study in poor black family dysfunctionality is bold performance by Kara Young as teen resisting implosion of her world
Don't see it if overlong & exhausting, ills of poverty accumulate, but 2 what end?; use of NP come-to-life as inspiration 4 Kara is a gimmick w/o payoff
See it if You want to support young, up-and-coming black (and female) playwrights and actors.
Don't see it if You’ve seen enough down-on-their-luck family plays. There’s nothing unique about this one, except one character loves Natalie Portman.
See it if you want to see another depressing play about the hard lives of the urban poor. This one adds a touch of lesbianism and an imaginary friend.
Don't see it if you have seen one too many depressing dramas about a struggling black family.
Also The fantasy element does nothing to enhance a basically grim story.
See it if To see a hardworking, talented cast do their best to breathe life into a very weak script.
Don't see it if Takes more than a gimmick to make a compelling play. And this isn't a very inspired gimmick.
See it if you want to see a well-acted tale of a 16 y.o. in poverty struggling with an alcoholic mom but possessing a resilient spirit.
Don't see it if you don't want to see what could be a strong one act play stretched into two acts by adding fantasy sequences that weaken the plot.
See it if you're ready for an intense drama about a family in crisis, trying to maintain their optimism & dreams as their world crumbles.
Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare and happy endings that are tied up in a nice neat bow.