The Public Theater presents award-winning playwright Robert O'Hara's world premiere dark comedy about a dysfunctional group of siblings who stage an intervention for their drug-addicted sister. More…
The O’Mallery’s have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and straight talk with their sister Barbara, whose spiral of drugs and recklessness has forced her siblings to stage an open-air intervention. But the event becomes raucous and unpredictable as familial stereotypes collide with hard realities, and racial politics slam up against the stories we tell—and maybe even believe—about who we were and who we become. Robert O' Hara's world premiere is a new take on family drama and proves that family can be a bigger vice than any other addiction.
See it if You love great acting and an interesting and unique idea for a play.
Don't see it if You don't like surprises and somewhat confusing plots.
See it if you want to be entertained, and have something to discuss with friends after the performance.
Don't see it if you can't handle a sudden shift of tone in a play.
See it if you liked to be surprised by plot twists... You won't see what happens coming.
Don't see it if you're easily confused or don't like family dramedies.
See it if you're looking for something that makes you think, but is still on the lighthearted side.
Don't see it if you are easily offended, you don't like stories about drugs.
See it if you like family drama presented in an unexpected, fresh way, with lots of laughs and satire, and a big act 1 curtain reveal
Don't see it if you don't like uneven plays - the first act is stronger than the second, or plays that sharply change tone from one act to the next
See it if You like broad satire, are entertained by the dysfunctional families shouting on daytime tv talk shows, and careering plot twists
Don't see it if You prefer your humor more subtle and less shouty, and your plots more pulled-together than slapdash
See it if u want another absolutely absorbing and wild play by Robert O'Hara. Very well produced and acted. Ending is a bit skit-like and shallow.
Don't see it if I don't see any reason not to see this if you like theater and want to celebrate new playwrights. So enjoyable! Surprises abound!
See it if you like shouty comedy which exacerbates cultural stereotypes, want huge (unconvincing) plot twists. First half: hilarious, 2nd: wtf.
Don't see it if You don't want to be really confused by the end of the play, if cussing and dirty jokes offend you, if you want more nuanced acting.
See it if want a fresh take on family interplay and ambition in an unexpected setting. 1st act was very strong and funny. 2nd act lost some steam.
Don't see it if you're looking for a straight-forward comedy setup. You do need to let go and get involved with the characters and their odd situations.
See it if ribald and riotous examination of race and class, filled with theatrical delights and strong performances
Don't see it if you want to have a strong emotional experience rather than an intellectual one
See it if You love a good comedy and are intrigued by race conversations in fresh and dynamic interpretations.
Don't see it if You aren't into surprises or subversive messages. There is a meta conversation being had in this show that may be off putting to some.
See it if you enjoy a funny satire with a twist.
Don't see it if you require your satires to have a harder bite, or a more timely, relevant bite. Feels this would have worked better 15-20 yrs ago.
See it if you like theater that is outrageous, fresh, original & raucous. O'Hara is one of the theater's modern treasures with a unique voice and POV.
Don't see it if you are easily offended and prefer old tired revivals to contemporary works that speak to our times and sensibilities.
See it if you love a little confusion, a shock, and a right turn. Hilarious and thought-provoking, amazing acting.
Don't see it if you hate being confused or a show that departs from its original path.
See it if you like your ideas big, your humor nutty and having the rug pulled out from under you at every turn. O'Hara's mind is a thing of wonder...
Don't see it if You like the play's message spelled out for you. This piece touches on big themes but in a way that trusts us to interpret it as we may.