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. More…
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.
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.
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.
See it if You like Stephen Adly Guirgis, or just great writing. He’s put out 3 great shows in the past few years, and each one has a life of it’s own.
Don't see it if don’t want purely “funny” or “dramatic” shows. The playwright pulls laughs out of discomfort, and sorrow out of comedy. Purely compelling.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.