See it if Free's dense, historical epic takes four constructs of black masculinity & weaves them though the Osiris myth Well acted but often demanding
Don't see it if Difficult, opaque opening segment stalls momentum but Cohn's staging jump-starts plot Rigorously intelligent & rightously angry throughout
See it if you're able to follow multiple story lines that are at times seemingly unrelated.
Don't see it if you're looking for a straight forward linear plot. Read more
See it if you don't mind a mash up of Egyptian mythology & social/racial commentary in plays. The shifting in the storytelling is creatively amusing.
Don't see it if you want the classic myth. narrative as this is a more avant garde version. No fancy "mythical"costumes but the stage design is impressive.
See it if You can process an Egyptian myth used to explain race relations.
Don't see it if You are Looking for a light, fluffy musical.
See it if You like works drawn from epic/mythic characters and stories that are relevant to our own times. You are willing to listen to other voices.
Don't see it if You have a problem understanding systemic oppression, or use the hashtag #alllivesmatter
See it if you're open to frank discussions of racial trauma and you like new work that plays with classical tropes.
Don't see it if you aren't willing to add up the pieces in a fragmented myth adaptation. Also if you're racist, this won't be for you.
See it if You are concerned about issues of race and betrayal.
Don't see it if You need a solid plot.
See it if You are a supporter of the cause, with the theme excellently portrayed in a play about multi-generation oppresion of a race.
Don't see it if You dont support the theme.
"A play must work on its own terms, and unfortunately, 'Am I Dead?' is preachy, repetitive, and heavy-handed. It outlines its messages in bold and italic again and again, and good theatrical moments go from being hard-hitting and impressive to boring and even annoying. Perhaps the biggest flaw is that it lacks compassion...It's a theatrical necessity for the play to work. Presented without compassion, the main characters become flat."