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 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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.