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Between Riverside and Crazy

Members say: Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent
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Second Stage presents this transfer from the Atlantic Theater about a an ex-cop and his parolee son trying to hold on to their rent-controlled apartment in this new play from Stephen Adly Guirgis.

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City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed — and the Church won’t leave him alone. For ex-cop & recent widower Walter 'Pops' Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, when the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone — after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy.

 

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70
Brac didn't appeal to me, but everyone else seemed to love it (including the pulitzer committee)

See it if you love slightly-heightened kitchen sink, dysfunctional family dramedies. BRAC is populated w lots of eccentrics and overflows w conflict.

Don't see it if you want real cohension and coherence. I found certain plotlines hard to believe. The acting was good, given the material. Impressive set.

Also I'm catching up on old reviews. I wanted to like BRAC (I saw it at Sec... Read more Read less

93
Exquisite, Intense, Masterful, Profound, Great writing

See it if you want to see stunning writing for the stage. Stephen Adly Guirgis is one of our best dramatists and this play is one of his best.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about real people or with strong language. The characters can be morally ambiguous and that may bother some,

71
Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You can in a small theater. This is one of those plays that needs great acting.

Don't see it if If you don't like a play that touches on racial stuff.

68
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You really love contemporary oriented theater above all else, especially that which is filled with contemporary pop culture references.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play that's actually worthy of a Pulitzer, because this piece falls short despite having won one- kinda like The Flick

100
Original, Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love original stories and powerful performances. This is a refreshing play that captivates the heart, the mind, and the soul.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy edgier plays that take a deeper look at humanity, ego, and make you think.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want to see something relevant addressing current issues.

Don't see it if you're offended by strong language.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to see current issues (rent control, drugs, scam artists, police, fatherly love) set in a NYC UWS apartment. Fantastic production!

Don't see it if strong language offends you; otherwise, see this beautifully written play! Redemption wins in the end.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You love Stephen Adly Guirgis and/or new plays about interesting characters.

Don't see it if You don't like new plays about current issues.

78
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to see great acting.

Don't see it if You want a light night out at the theater.

88
Original, Absorbing, Clever, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you like family drama plays

Don't see it if you hate families and their drama

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like topical comedies or Stephen Adly Guirgis's work.

Don't see it if if you like plays, you should probably see it.

80
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging, Great set

See it if You want to see an interesting set–it rotates!–I loved this set.

Don't see it if You want to see a family drama, but don't want anything political involved.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing

See it if Blindingly real characters in NYC dealing with harrowing issues related to race, drugs, crime and poverty. A brilliant piece.

Don't see it if You'd rather not question your moral foundation.

91
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you enjoy family dramas that contain a lot of humor while also addressing contemporary social issues

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are purely escapist entertainment or enjoy your comedies/dramas more PG-rated

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like strong material, relevant storylines, and thoughtful dramas.

Don't see it if You don't like adult material and language.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing

See it if The urgency roars. I formed deep connections to beautifully humanized characters. Tender, mean, sad, but ultimately filled with hope.

Don't see it if You're writing a play. It will knock the wind right out of any ambitions you have of writing something good.

53
Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You want to hear the same cliched, one sided representations of issues that America has been wrestling with for the last fifty years.

Don't see it if You're looking for something fresh and insightful about important topics of the day that could actually lead to them being overcome.

100
Original, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Riveting

See it if You're breathing and can get to the theater

Don't see it if You only like musicals

87
Exquisite

See it if Hilarious yet true portrayals of people forced to lie so they can live on.

Don't see it if Quite a bit of the language is profane, yet it t is appropriate to the play and production,

100
Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Greatness all around!

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy amazing acting and writing.