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"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." Full Review
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 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'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 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 An important topic, well written and beautifully directed. For a first staging it proves resonant. Multiple endings need focusing.
Don't see it if Aren't interested in opening your mind to other voices and perspectives than the white patriarchy.
See it if You like thought-provoking commentary on race and and privilege told by parallel modern and historical events.
Don't see it if You don't have much patience for metaphors that become heavy-handed and are unsubtly conveyed
See it if you're into Egyptian mythology and relevant stereotypes pertaining to African Americans.
Don't see it if you aren't familiar with Egyptian mythology or are easily startled by sudden changes.