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"Rivers gives implicit respect to his characters—poor, queer New Yorkers of color–by placing them in a classic tragedy that for 2,500 years has been populated by gods and goddesses, kings and queens. Director Mendizábal has assembled a cast that does justice to Rivers’ conceit...The fusion of Ancient Greece with 1980s Harlem doesn’t always play well...And occasionally, the mix of the Ancient and modern, the Queens and queens, feels just right." Full Review
"The performances in 'And She Would Stand Like This' are superb, with a dynamic and dedicated cast...Playwright Rivers and director Mendizabal don’t waste a single line of dialogue or a minute of running time. The play packs so much passion and emotions of all varieties into its 90 minutes that the symbolic and stunning explosion of an ending, while disturbing to watch, seems like the only fitting way for the story’s pressure cooker of intensity to conclude." Full Review
“An audacious new work…A powerful piece of theater. Their mission of ‘radical visibility and the power of collective healing’ is fully realized here…Brown is a commanding stage presence whose every gesture demands attention…Director David Mendizabal and Choreographer Kia LaBeija have masterfully provided heart and voice to marginalized souls in this limited engagement that will hopefully extend or move to a new space.” Full Review
See it if you want to see something boldly ambitious, fiercely humane & aesthetically adventurous
Don't see it if the mashup of greek tragedy and drag ball culture just ain't your bag; if you need every edge polished
See it if You want great writing that is wonderfully and emotionally performed, from members of the community the play is about making it so impactful
Don't see it if The subject matter would bother you, or you find intense immersive style theatre makes you feel uneasy
See it if you are a fan of great acting on a small runway. The music and choreography were as memorable and lines.
Don't see it if death and loss are too emotional to relive as this piece deals with a period where many lives were lost needlessly though celebrates life.