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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

During previews
76
Relevant, Depressing, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see a family drama about a family who is trying to save themselves from hitting rock bottom. Great acting and very realistic.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for a downer of the play. It is extremely sad. Great protagonist dragged down by circumstance. Too much going on.

During previews
75
Uneven acting, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You want an absorbing show of poverty, isolation, and how various characters cope with these. The lead brother and sister were amazing.

Don't see it if You’re offended by big topics simplified, given “excuses”, and want to see a cohesive ensemble. There is a lot to like here, but incomplete

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
80
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are looking for a thought provoking play with an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light afternoon.

During previews
80
Profound, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if What sticks with me is Keyonna, a young Black woman grappling with her dreams, love, and an imaginary confidant who just happens to be...

Don't see it if If you’re not ready for the reality check/don’t believe Black people deserve to see themselves represented in the arts/in denial about life.

Also Edit: I’ve just seen it a 2nd time, and happily, it got the tightening... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like great acting, it's phenomenal cast. Kara Young has given 3 incredible theater performances in the last year.

Don't see it if you don't like "issue" plays... though again, I'd argue you should anyway

During previews
88
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great new play with absolutely killer performances. The script, story, & characters are exceptional and resonant.

Don't see it if Um... probably not a kids show. But other than that I’d recommend it.

During previews
80
Sad, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Are interested in a play about the struggles of a poor black family where the kids have to be the adults. Great acting by Glover and young

Don't see it if You want something big and flashy. A story about kids with a mother who is an alcoholic might trigger something in you

Also I enjoyed this. It was at times funny and sad. Great acting by montego... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Honest portrayals, Thought-provoking, Compelling, Humorous, Entertaining

See it if A well-told, enjoyable story that draws you in & holds interest but doesn't feel original, except Natalie Portman angle.

Don't see it if Basically boils down to family in crisis with added orientation plot, certainly not unique. Might help to brush up on Portman portfolio.

During previews
80
Delightful, Clever

See it if You like plays that deal w family drama

Don't see it if You only like musicals tehe

During previews
79
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if if you want a well written original play with good acting by the ensemble with some different touches relating to Natalie Portman

Don't see it if if you rather see a musical, don't like off broadway plays.

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

During previews
95
Riveting, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love great acting and storytelling. The plays themes are universal to mankind. The story deals with a families struggle for survival,

Don't see it if You don’t like fantasy injected (used as a coping strategy) into a heartbreaking tale of life’s many challenges. I loved the show.

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are interested in outstanding performances, characters who make you think and excellent staging

Don't see it if you are looking for a light comedy


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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