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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
78
Avg Score

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're ready for a serious drama, cleverly presented, that addresses many current day issues .

Don't see it if You're looking for a comedy, or other light fare, that's entertaining without being too thought provoking..

77
Intense, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for intense drama about real people with real problems.

Don't see it if you don't like confrontation or you want a light musical evening.

79
Slow, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a device-and a very funny one at that-in which everyone's favorite narrative disrupter disrupts the narrative of a sharp new play.

Don't see it if you're someone like me, whom Natalie Portman was rude AF to at a Nantucket clam bake around the time of the film Garden State.

93
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like family dramas that may be uncomfortable

Don't see it if You want a happy time

78
Refreshing, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if A solid traditional family drama. The lead actress is very, very good and helps make this an engaging play. Unusual that she is lesbian

Don't see it if If you don't like well written traditional plays with African American lesbian heroines

90
Riveting, Intense, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You appreciate great, raw, intense theater. The acting and writing are fabulous. Kara Young is amazing - she has such presence.

Don't see it if You’re bothered by substance abuse and intense scenes. There are well-places moments of comedic relief, but it’s a largely heavy play.

70
Good acting,

See it if If you enjoy coming of age stories set in an urban environment. This was a very slow moving and depressing show.

Don't see it if Don't like shows about homosexuality. Terrible use of Natalie Portman was unnecessary and took away from the script.

80
Resonant, Edgy, Heartfelt, Comedic moments, Great acting

See it if You want to see a young girl's struggle with family issues/self-identity and how this transcends into her relationships, real and imaginary.

Don't see it if You like big show-stopping productions, don't like straight plays, or sensitive to topics of alcoholism, abuse, or struggle in general.

Also I thought the actors were amazing and I really appreciated the comedic... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like intense drama.

Don't see it if you like conflict resolution and happy endings.

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

78
Intense, Great acting, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if intense family drama, great premise, wonderful fantasy sequences, Kara Young is fantastic

Don't see it if a lot of the story can feel cliche, especially in the first act, bad set, can be a sad dark show to watch

88
Important, believable, generous, smart, worthwhile, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you care about the fragility and strength of families as they struggle to contain their individual members.

Don't see it if you shy away from messy contemporary family dramas that explore sexual identity, addiction, income inequality, class, and survival.

86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Cliched, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Real Life

Don't see it if Looking for a comedy

During previews
82
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Great story/acting. Absorbing. The use of Portman is done really well giving depth and never overused. Sad, heartfelt & thought-provoking.

Don't see it if Not for anyone who dislikes surreal scenes. (Not overdone though). Not a light subject.

During previews
82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Very realistic performance and great writing. Good balance of drama and some humor. Show moves by at a great pace. I really enjoyed it.

Don't see it if You want something light, although there is some humor the show deals with serious themes.

During previews
70
Ambitious, Unconvincing, Dramatic, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if 16-year old lesbian tries to navigate unreliable relationships (e.g. alcoholic mother) & survive. Funny scenes w “Natalie Portman”.

Don't see it if Mother & brother are too tame given their dire problems. As a result, I felt detached. Suddenly hopeful ending.

Also Where are the parents of the young alcoholic mother & deceased father?... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Johnson's narrative talent is on full display despite uneven plotting & slack characterizations Excellent ensemble (esp Williams & Glover)

Don't see it if Dysfunction & hard luck keeps rising & rising until there's no place for audience (or Natalie Portman to go) Ending feels false (even glib)

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
79
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Imaginative, Absorbing

See it if Kara Young is a force to be reckoned with; good acting; relevant to today's issues; imagination can keep one afloat in the worst of times

Don't see it if script needs work especially in the 2nd act; sad story line has glimmers of humor, hope & love; too many loose ends or is that the point?

During previews
86
Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy family dramas. This realistically shows the struggles of an African-American family

Don't see it if You will be bothered by one of the characters having an “Imaginary friend”

Also Years ago from what I understand, plays always had an intermission. No... Read more Read less

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
74
Slow, Quirky, Intense, Edgy, Cliched

See it if You enjoy teen age angst tales with fantasy appearances by Oscar winning actresses that are never truly explained

Don't see it if You expect a fully developed play but enjoy watching actors giving their best to make it work

During previews
88
Somewhat predictable tale, Great staging, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like naturalistic plays like SWEAT about lives of urban working poor facing mounting challenges. Compellingly written, great acting.

Don't see it if you want big or flashy. While tale can be somewhat predictable, its 16yo protagonist and family draw audience in to their lives & struggles.


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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