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An Octoroon

From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Profound, Great staging

About the show

This show, which won the 2014 Obie for Best New American Play, is a modern adaptation of Dion Boucicault’s 'The Octoroon', first presented in New York in 1859, More…

Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans—for both Terrebonne and Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America. Now an American tries to write his own.


Member Reviews (19)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Profound, Great staging
96
Avg Score

95
Clever, Must see, Masterful, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You want to be challenged and entertained at the same time You want to see a reinterpretation done right

Don't see it if You avoid thinking and talking about race

Also The reinterpretation is about race in America today using the content ... Read more Read less

96
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Original

See it if You want to see a truly great new American play adaptation - a totally insightful, extremely entertaining piece of theater.

Don't see it if You don't love theater.

95
Masterful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Profound

See it if You appreciate novelty of staging and whimsy, and can excuse a bit of slowness.

Don't see it if You don't see much theater, and so something being "different" isn't all that important to you.

95
Masterful, Original, Profound

See it if You can!

Don't see it if See it if you can!

100
Ambitious, Delightful, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if you want just about the most astonishing, enlivening, soul-expanding, and challenging experience you could possibly have from a play

Don't see it if that sounds scary to you (actually, you should definitely see it if that sounds scary to you)

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like a provocative treatment of race staged in a fascinating way.

Don't see it if you only want to see fluff.

84
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like modern adaptations

Don't see it if you don't like to think about race or like a show that will stay with you.

95
Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you'd like an inventive and insightful play on race relations - managing to be both heartbreakingly true and funny at the same time.

Don't see it if don't like 4th wall breaks.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Profound

See it if you like supporting new plays and new playwrights, plays exploring complex social and political issues, being made to think.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that deal with heavy subjects.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if You love theatre and/or just plays, but this is a very smart and relevant play that should be seen by most everyone.

Don't see it if You don't like plays and they bore you, but still, watch it, intelligence and smart commentary permeate the entire show.

100
Clever, Edgy, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to think--about theater, about race, about humanity.

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want a modern take on a classic sensory melodrama. This show will hit you in the feels. By far the best piece of theatre I've seen yet.

Don't see it if no. There are no reasons to not want to see it.

95
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You want something that will expand the way you think and will start intense conversation after you see it

Don't see it if Are not open to different points of view from your own.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see diversity and wit in a gloriously original package.

Don't see it if you only watch fluffy musicals. This is big league writing.

Also Wow.... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You want theatre that will challenge your mind and make you really think about our society and its history.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to racial slurs.

100
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if I loved it. It was smart, relevant, and expertly staged.

Don't see it if You can't translate the history into the modern.

100
Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you love artistic, boundary-pushing theatre. Profound, but entertaining.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play.

79
Edgy, Original, Great staging

See it if you're interested in a new look on an old topic.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to racial topics.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You want to see an edgy, groundbreaking show that will make you laugh but also make you think.

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged, don't like thought provoking theater. Are foolish.


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