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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

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.

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.

Also See it if... you like "Broad City". [This has a very similar sensibili... Read more Read less

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.

78
Relevant, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like story about wild/crazy night in the city, millennial characters, and overall want to be entertained. Also relevant social themes.

Don't see it if you are offended by vulgar language and sexual content. If you're looking for a clean, family friendly show this is not it.

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.

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.

81
Relevant, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if It was so great to see queer women of color front and center in a show that celebrated joy and quirkiness and sex and immaturity and the

Don't see it if ludicrousness of being young and free in a big city. It framed the main trio's shenanigans firmly in the time, acknowledging the specific

Also and nefarious challenges faced by women and women of color in particul... Read more Read less

73
Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a play that will make you laugh at times while addressing relevant social issue.

Don't see it if You want a compelling narrative or you are squeamish on risqué topics being addressed on stage.

79
Edgy, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a play involving the black LBGT community; you are satisfied with good acting even if you don't like the story

Don't see it if you are offended by seeing sexual acts on stage; you are offended by crude language;

74
Raucous, Raunchy, Quirky, Intense, Edgy

See it if you want to see an energetic cast work well together to portray friendship. There is an authenticity and a fair amount of humor.

Don't see it if you like to be able to understand everything said onstage. I couldn't. Too much talking while laughing and yelling. I missed a lot, I think.

97
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,

Also This show was very well-written and well-acted. The revolving set was ... Read more Read less

84
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if you want a comedic look at the lives and issues of young black females.

Don't see it if you can't handle profanity, violence, simulated sex or revolving stages.

92
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

72
Funny

See it if You want to laugh at raunchy girls night out.

Don't see it if You want a drama.

Also It’s very funny and most of the performances are great (especially Ful... Read more Read less

76
Self-described "queer & black as fu*k" is truth in advertising, B+, A poet writes a mostly prosaic play, Tvish

See it if you want to groove on a scabrously funny, very well-performed comedy on what it's like to be Young, Brooklynite, and Black.

Don't see it if you want more from theater than a very special episode of a happenin' pay cable multi-cam comedy.

81
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you don't mind overtly sexual and sometimes raunchy humor. The show is hysterical, but it's definitely not a brand of humor for all.

Don't see it if you shy away from open, sometimes off-the-cuff conversation about sex, bodies, race, and society. Though I feel it's necessary uneasiness.

80
Raunchy, Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a truthful play about your early-20s in NYC while trying to figure things out.

Don't see it if You don’t like crude humor or language.

Also While I can’t speak to the experiences of POC in New York, I thought t... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Edgy, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if want to see 3 women deal with their romantic lives and preference. good and bad ways men treat women but how women can do the same

Don't see it if female dating lives don't interest you

96
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.

Also So glad I saw this on its final day at MCC. Hands down it is one of th... Read more Read less

79
Imperfect, Hilarious, Raunchy, Delightful

See it if you enjoy laugh-out-loud comedies featuring women of color, queerness, and everyday life, and don't mind a little roughness around the edges

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with explicit discussions of the female body and a clear focus on female pleasure

85
Relevant, Raw, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you are ready to see the world through the eyes of Black Female 20 somethings, like to laugh while being made to think

Don't see it if you don't like cursing and sexual innuendo, aren't ready to deal with racism from a Black perspective

Also great Set

79
Loud, Inventive set, Irreverent

See it if you like raunchy, over-the-top humor. It may be hard to understand the urban black idioms and speech, but the surtitles help. Amazing set.

Don't see it if You are put off by a superabundance of the f-, s-, and n-words or with graphic lesbian kissing and more. leave your 5-year-old at home.

84
Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want a master class in comedic writing that focuses on issues that aren’t often seen in the NY theatre scene.

Don't see it if You want something serious or are offended by LGBT issues or sexual situations.

100
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.

84
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a very talented cast put on a great (+ hilarious) show that touches on a lot without hitting you over the head with anything

Don't see it if you don't relate to people in their 20s/30s


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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