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BLACK MAGIC (FringeNYC)

Members say: Great acting, Enchanting, Resonant, Original, Funny
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Critics
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Members
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Part of FringeNYC: A celebration of life and love...from 'dead' black men. Hunted down, shot and killed, hung and burned, but still alive. Born, buried, and born again. Black Magic: They disappear and stay here, forever. A play with movement.

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Categories: Spoken Word/Poetry, FringeHIGH, National. Written by Tony Jenkins.

 

Reviews (12)

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New York Theater

"If there is rage and sorrow in these characters’ stories, the 40 minutes of 'Black Magic' are also filled with joy and humor, music and song, thrilling movement and pithy poetry, syncopated stomping and rhythmic clapping, and even some red-nose clowning–but clowning with an edge. It is, in short, ideal for the New York International Fringe Festival–which is to say, it is a work that might not fit in anywhere else, but certainly deserves to be seen." Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

"The stories of the slain black men are told in spoken word, stunning movement, and song with just a touch of clowning around...The uniformly brilliant cast bring the stories to redemptive catharsis that lingers long after the final scene...Mr. Jenkins, Ms. Metz and their cast have collaborated to create a moving piece of theatre that will endure beyond its time at FringeNYC 2016." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"Giving life to Jenkins’ poetry is a wildly talented ensemble of men. Each has a distinct voice with a striking presence on his own, but also melts effortlessly with the others. Couple this with Chessa Metz’s choreography and we get theatre that electrifies every possible nerve-ending of its audience...The piece isn’t simply a performance but a mirror that enchants, inspires, and questions its audience. 'Black Magic' achieves this masterfully." Full Review

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94
Intelligent, Profound, Riveting

See it if You want to be moved by powerful words, powerful​ movement and powerful music

Don't see it if you can't handle shows with a strong message.

90
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to think deeply about race in America and you want to live in a world in which black lives matter.

Don't see it if You don't care about race.

95
Original, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Riveting

See it if You are alive!! The show took my breath away! So moved and so relevant!

Don't see it if You can't handle the truth!!

100
Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to be moved by the most amazing performances I've seen in Fringe. I laughed, cried & felt all the feelings. DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with black men being more than stereotypes.

92
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if good time

Don't see it if can't miss

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like explorating relationships, existentialism, fate, dance, poetry, humor, intellectual discourse.

Don't see it if you're not smart.

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Original, Delightful, Edgy, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy great art.

Don't see it if You dont enjoy art

100
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Resonant

See it if If you love unapologetic black beauty this is sooo for you. The singing, dancing, movement, comedy was all just amazing! It was so powerful

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see it! I wish everyone could! The writing is so on point!

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Original, Absorbing, Resonant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are interested in seeing an imaginative and compelling witness to today's racial climate. A series of monologues, songs, and dances.

Don't see it if You are afraid of clowns.