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All The Natalie Portmans

From 65 member  reviews
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

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.

69
Entertaining, Melodramatic, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting

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.

Also All the Natalie Portmans is a good play that doesn't live up to its fu... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Clunky staging, Well played, Unfinished

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.

Also I liked C.A. Johnson’s “The Climb” last year. The current production o... Read more Read less

During previews
58
Natalie p should sue for non-support in this tedious vehicle

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

During previews
68
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Boring, Great acting

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.

During previews
65
Tedious, Depressing, Muddled, Indulgent, Cliched

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.

During previews
50
Insubstantial, Trite

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.

Also Basically your typical unhappy teen with an imaginary friend who she u... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Too long, Thought-provoking, Well-acted, Relevant, Slow

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.

During previews
69
When an alcoholic mother gambles away their rent money, the kids struggle to keep things afloat. ambitious, thought-provoking, disappointing, clichéd.

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.

Also Do you need to know about Natalie Portman before seeing this show? It ... Read more Read less


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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