BLKS NYC Reviews and Tickets

(144 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (144)

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115 Reviews | 35 Followers
Must see, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like comedies with thought provoking subject matter. One of the best plays I have ever seen. Superb writing and superb acting! Bravo!!

Don't see it if You dislike subject matter that features POC, esp women, and LGBTQA issues. Or if you dislike sexual situations and harsh language.

250 Reviews | 76 Followers
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Contemporary topic of the lives of 3 20 something women sharing an apartment and their lives. Funny and fast paced with incredible staging

Don't see it if Don’t see it if sexual topics are uncomfortable for you

625 Reviews | 369 Followers
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.

56 Reviews | 4 Followers
Entertaining, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if You like highly original, entertaining and nuanced comic plays from a perspective rarely seen: women of color and fluid sexuality

Don't see it if You're offended by frank sexuality or have no interest in women's lives taking center stage

260 Reviews | 35 Followers
Vulgar, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy a well-written, hilarious show about the graphic sexual exploits of 20-something black women.

Don't see it if you're offended by vulgar language, simulated sex, the N-word, Read more

165 Reviews | 33 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy high comedy, whipsmart dialogue.

Don't see it if Sex jokes bother you. Read more

283 Reviews | 64 Followers
Intense, Relevant, Raunchy, Hilarious, Edgy

See it if you wonder what it is like to always have to look over your shoulder in public or how a great group of friends can heal you

Don't see it if foul language, violence or sexual situations offend you

80 Reviews | 11 Followers
Refreshing, Edgy, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if you don't mind real-life needs and actions being portrayed in the actions on stage (love and conflict, in and out of the bathroom :)

Don't see it if you can't appreciate found family love and culture, these roomates and lovers enact the ups and downs of actually caring for others

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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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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