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BLKS

From 144 member  reviews
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. More…

When shit goes down, your girls show up."BLKS" introduces us to Octavia, Imani, and June. They drink a lot. They smoke a lot. They try to have sex. A lot. When they need each other the most, the women rally to “resurrect their fly” in a day full of humorous and painful attempts to be heard through the noise that surrounds them.


Member Reviews (144)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Raunchy, Great acting, Entertaining, Edgy

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.

Also The effort is there for the actors but it does not overcome my view.

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.

69
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see young black women with disjointed, senseless storylines.

Don't see it if you want a strong, solid storyline.

67
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Cliched, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you are looking to experience the NEW black theater production of the moment.

Don't see it if you are EXPECTING the second coming of Raisin In The Sun, because this ain't anywhere near you momma's Raisin In The Sun, by any means!!!

Also I appreciate the effort to depict 21st century black women upon the st... Read more Read less

50
Black millenial girls gone wild, Raunchy, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if ..you enjoy simulated sex acts by careless narcissistic black millennial roommates who sleep with anything that moves. Rapid-fire ebonics.

Don't see it if .. you prefer intelligent thoughtful dialog and plot points.

62
It gets very funny - about an hour in

See it if if you enjoy raucous comedies about millenials, in this case with a fascinating African American slant.

Don't see it if you are not into very loud comedies. This one is directed with such an emphasis on screeching that there is frequent loss of comprehension.

Also About an hour in, the scene with Justin is hilarious and touching and ... Read more Read less

60
Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to support black theatrical artists AND you are able to withstand a play where 95% of the dialogue is not spoken but screamed.

Don't see it if You've seen enough mediocre plays and don't need to collect a Playbill from another one.

Also The story was ok, and even mildly interesting. The actors were fine, B... Read more Read less

66
Clever

See it if The actors are accomplished and the set is clever. You want to like the characters but they don’t help you.

Don't see it if There’s a lot of yelling and not much nuance in the story. The plot is disarticulated, jumpy.

During previews
62
Disappointing, Pointless, Silly

See it if A great premise but missing a story. A few poignant moments but generally shock value for laughs and aimless scenes. Performances were ok.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested I’m drinking, smoking or sex. It’s basically an absurd night on the town of this.

During previews
52
Raunchy, Quirky, Indulgent, Fluffy, Banal

See it if A show about three young women who are loud, smoke ,drink. A watered down sex in the city.

Don't see it if A new playwright who does not express any real story. Loud yelling and wooping in the air. You want a more quiet play, a more quality play.

During previews
61
Cliched, Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal

See it if BLK-grrrl magic attempt by untested gay playwright. Great art direction with an ever-spinning set. Believable chemistry. New MCC home.

Don't see it if Bad girls.Reaally bad, girls.Shrill and abrasive.Why is everyone shouting into the air?Grating gyno jokes."The proverbial river of my grief"

Also "I guess it's a holistic disturbance." Writer trying too hard to make ... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Great acting, Uneven, Raunchy, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you are young, black and/or female. Extra points if you are also lesbian. Audience reaction divided sharply along demographic lines.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable about frequent mention of lady parts and oral sex or if you don't like plays with lots of shouting.

Also It has some very funny scenes, but they don't add up to anything coher... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Unrelatable, Vapid, Raunchy, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if You are interested in girl-culture and are willing to share a long ride with them all over town.

Don't see it if You want plot and character development, a reason to care, and any kind of writing sophistication. This is juvenile.

Also I am not in the target audience, so you can make your own decision if ... Read more Read less

During previews
63
Raunchy, Loud, Sitcom-y, Funny

See it if you want a funny (if vulgar and over-screamed) look at modern black women's lives in NYC performed in a sitcom style.

Don't see it if you don't like constant swearing, sexual acts, or want something more serious in tone.

During previews
67
Raunchy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny

See it if Explicit, raunchy funny situations, punctuated by a few some special moments of insights. Not clear what play wants to do or be

Don't see it if Object to excessive obscenity and over the top sexual situations.

During previews
60
Great staging, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if Great theater and great set, but the play was disappointing. Lot's of yelling and screaming over nothing.

Don't see it if Vagina jokes and yelling turns you off.

During previews
69
Raunchy, Great staging, Edgy, Cliched

See it if you can enjoy explicit sexual humor with lots of shouting.

Don't see it if you want a quiet, intelligent, funny show.

Also There were moments of humor but the lives portrayed on stage were mise... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Uneven, Relentless, Ambitious, Funny

See it if you like frenetic, overblown comedies

Don't see it if you are looking for believable characters. There is a relentless, overpowering energy here that grates.

During previews
52
Overrated, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if you want to see the new MCC theatre

Don't see it if you expect to see a well-written play

Also Chris Myers will be a very big deal someday — and hopefully soon.

During previews
65
Edgy, Dizzying, Raunchy

See it if .You are interested in today's twenty something culture and what their lives may be like. If you are into the club scene and enjoy LGBT play

Don't see it if You are easily offended. There is frank talk about body parts, sexual activity and foul language.


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 come...
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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 appropr...
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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 th...
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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.....
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