BLKS NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(144 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
14%
Negative
3%
Members say
Funny, Raunchy, Great acting, Entertaining, Edgy

About the Show

Poet Aziza Barnes makes their playwriting debut with this poignant and comic play about three twenty somethings in New York City hunting for intimacy and purpose in a city that doesn’t seem to care.

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Member Reviews (144)

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712 Reviews | 215 Followers
75
Disturbing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if Sitcom feel w/explicit sex talk & misadventures, as drinking & weed-smoking girl roommates try to find their way. Many funny moments.

Don't see it if Abuse, racism, fetishism & les/bi mixed into the sexual situations. Lots of yelling. Exaggerated, mentally unbalanced characters.

MJK
677 Reviews | 189 Followers
72
Great staging, Irresolute, Entertaining, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if ur prepared for a frank, vulgar, funny, poignant slice-of-life from 3 black, unabashed millennial roommates "gettin' busy" in the big city.

Don't see it if ur offended by raunchy (but very real & human) sex talk and profanity; ur hoping for a satisfying payoff to the outrageous buildup. Read more

don
506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
65
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Overrated, Raunchy

See it if Nice new theater (our first production there) Rotating set creates many scenes. About 6 such seen in recent weeks. Works well. ALSO

Don't see it if Raunchy,and Degrading, Possibility of my age being a factor for this view. Yelling and shouting doesn't work for me. Read more

535 Reviews | 488 Followers
80
Relevant, Absorbing, Refreshing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want to see something that's both very funny and very powerful.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh.

503 Reviews | 77 Followers
26
Excruciating, Great staging, Racist stereotypes, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like 90 minutes of locker room humor, of women behaving badly, of racist stereotypes.I can not believe that this is how women act.

Don't see it if you can avoid it.I am a white woman & wasn't offended by the dimwitted white woman.I was VERY offended at the portrayal of the black women.

442 Reviews | 232 Followers
99
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A piece of the African-American experiences from a 20s prospective. Brilliant!

Don't see it if Adult language.

Nic
457 Reviews | 87 Followers
84
Resonant, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Funny

See it if you’d enjoy a day-in-the-life comedy about a group of friends. There is much humor & resonance in the proceedings; it’s a lively experience.

Don't see it if you don’t like humor based in realistic situations (some funny, some sad). I can’t imagine going to this and not enjoying the talented cast.

399 Reviews | 203 Followers
60
Raunchy, Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting, Funny

See it if The story of 3 young black women in Bushwick. I think young people would enjoy and relate to this show.

Don't see it if Lots of stuff I didn’t understand or relate to. I guess I’m too old. I found it raunchy. I didn’t get the jokes.

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
May 9th, 2019

"Aiming to be a raucous comedy of misbehavior and a quiet tragedy of mistreatment, it amazingly succeeds at both...It is serious and sad and profoundly human...Crowe-Legacy, Fuller and Gilbert are so delicate with the sadness that it keeps coming as a surprise how merciless they are with the comedy. O’Hara’s direction is key here...'BLKS' suffers from a familiar structural turbulence at the end, as if it’s too big a vehicle to land on a short runway. Still, it lands."
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Time Out New York
May 9th, 2019

“’BLKS’ operates like a sitcom, with ‘Sex and the City’ style leaps of logic, sudden romances, and the requisite piles of coincidence...Every now and then you sense the poet at work...Barnes wants this show to rollick along, and it doesn’t...The production moves too slowly to get into the appropriate gear...Director Robert O’Hara believes that exaggeration is the key; designer Clint Ramos believes a galumphing turntable will keep things swift. Neither of them is right.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 9th, 2019

"Her playwriting debut, despite the manic energy of Robert O’Hara’s production, is discouragingly prosaic...Presented in 23-minute-long punchy, raunchy episodes, it might find its groove. But onstage it feels like a missed opportunity, its drama mundane and its comedy mostly overwrought...It’s the highly game trio of actors at the center of 'BLKS' that keep us on board...But the sum of the play’s parts never surprises us, never exceeds our expectations for standard-issue contemporary realism."
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The Hollywood Reporter
May 9th, 2019

"Fortunately, for all its overly calculated provocation, the play is also very, very funny at times, which goes a long way toward making up for its thinness...At times the overly broad humor becomes repetitive. But under the energetic direction of Robert O'Hara, 'BLKS' features plenty of laughs...Although all the performers do excellent work, the standouts are Gilbert as the panicked Octavia, and Myers, who charmingly makes the most of the sole male character."
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Theatermania
May 9th, 2019

"Under the snappy direction of Robert O'Hara, the three lead actors savor Barnes's salty language...Barnes's lack of fear as a writer is what makes 'BLKS' a particularly joyous experience...Each of Barnes's characters is a mess in his or her own special way, and it is in their flaws that we are best able to see reflections of ourselves — and laugh-cringe at the mirror's harsh truth."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 10th, 2019

“A raucous, girls'-night-out comedy that veers between delightful, off-kilter hilarity and rank vulgarity, pausing occasionally to embrace a totally unearned moment of seriousness or two...’BLKS’ is marked by a screwball hilarity, best expressed in the lead characters' trash-talking ways...At a certain point, it becomes pretty obvious that ‘BLKS’ is a lot of running around with no particular destination in mind...Following its characters avidly without entirely making them fully engaging.”
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Talkin' Broadway
May 9th, 2019

"Deliciously outrageous, and utterly hilarious...'BLKS' a play by Black people for Black people...and you're going to love it whatever race and sexual orientation you may be...The dialogue is brutally honest and we immediately care about all of them, despite the fact each is deeply flawed and has serious emotional issues...Barnes' play is raunchy and heartbreaking and unmissable."
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New York Stage Review
May 10th, 2019

“Loud and messy and smart—just like the women it depicts—‘BLKS’ is a rambunctious new comedy...If the play turns a mite sentimental in its concluding scenes, the quirky charm of its characters and the words that fly out of their mouths easily compensate. What is especially notable is the playwright’s expressive way with conversation...Barnes’ pungent realistic dialogue embraces a dynamic blend of black vernacular with rich urban slang that sounds wonderfully alive.”
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