New York | 1h 30m | Ends Jun 02

BLKS

From 17 critic and 108 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Raunchy, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

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.



65
The Wrap

"Gilbert and Fuller spend too little time together on stage. O’Hara’s fiercely kinetic direction clearly suits these two gifted actors whose gangbuster portrayals take no prisoners...Barnes deftly handles her characters’ sexual fluidity, but near the end of 'BLKS' she adds a few sentimental touches that even Neil Simon didn’t resort to in his 1960s heyday...Seeing the 100-minute 'BLKS' is to tour Brooklyn at night and wake-up wasted. But in a good way." Full Review

60
Lighting & Sound America

“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.” Full Review

60
Time Out New York

“’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.” Full Review

55
Theatre Reviews Limited

"'BLKS' has landed rather weakly on the stage of the Newman Mills Theater...The members of the cast do what they can to expose their ennui and their pain. Unfortunately, the set and the direction often get in the way of Aziza Barnes’s seditious script. This current iteration of 'BLKS' plays more like a sitcom than perhaps it should and the seriousness, the somberness of the play’s message becomes lost...It fails to deliver the pathos and ethos necessary to ignite the needed catharsis." Full Review

55
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review

50
Theatre's Leiter Side

"Piles on exaggerated situations but lacks a well-wrought plot, revels in broad sitcom tropes, and uses boldly raunchy dialogue…Directed…with overly pumped up performances in which quiet moments of human connection are only rarely to be found. Shouting too often substitutes for conversation…Hyperactive staging employs a tiresomely revolving set…that tries to keep pace with the multiple locales but succeeds only in drawing attention to itself." Full Review


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.

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
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.

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

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.

69
During previews
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

68
During previews
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

67
During previews
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.

65
During previews
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.

63
During previews
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.

62
During previews
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.

61
During previews
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

60
During previews
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.

60
During previews
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.

59
During previews
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

52
During previews
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.

52
During previews
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.


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