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Am I Dead? The Untrue Narrative of Anatomical Lewis, The Slave

Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant
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Critics
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Members
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15 reviews
 

Flux Theatre Ensemble's presents a re-imagining of the Isis-Osiris myth in which four strangers from different times are trapped in purgatory, tasked with rebuilding the lives of men they wronged in life.

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'Am I Dead?' confronts our country’s long history of violence on black bodies, and examines blackness, and whiteness, in unflinching, theatrical, and caustically funny ways.

 

Cast & Creatives (10)


Reviews (16)

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35
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35
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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

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81
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75
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow

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

95
Epic, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant, Great staging

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.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining

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.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great stage design

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.

73
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

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.

Also Get there early to be able to read the explanation of Egyptian mytholo... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Great writing, Slow

See it if You are concerned about issues of race and betrayal.

Don't see it if You need a solid plot.

80
Funny, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

86
Epic, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Great writing

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

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like challenging, complex script and some great acting.

Don't see it if ...you don't want to be a part of the ongoing societal discussion of race.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like thought provoking theater - this one will stay with you for days.

Don't see it if frank discussions of race make you uncomfortable.

Also I quite liked this - for my money I thought the projections cheapened ... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see

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.

Also Some storylines need focusing (like the gay storyline and the Isis rev... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you enjoy complex explorations of race through history.

Don't see it if discussions of race make you uncomfortable.

58
Great acting, Resonant, Banal

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

56
Dizzying, Intense, Relevant, Confusing, Stressful

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.

100
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a more honest reckoning of race in america than you're likely to see on broadway

Don't see it if you don't like lots of shouting and arguments on stage