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.



76
During previews
Clever, Relevant, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you relate to/want to be exposed to young Black women's lives and their encounters with health, sex, relationships, co-living & communities.

Don't see it if you do not like sexual talk and scenes, hollering, violence or a lot of jumping around by the characters, the turntable set and the music.

76
During previews
Outrageously funny, Authentic writing, Elaborate revolving set, Great acting

See it if Twenties something girls sex-talking in colloquial black unban vernacular. Did she just say what I think she said? Yes she did!

Don't see it if You don’t like vulgar language. They get LOUD and they aren’t afraid to talk about their lady parts. They drink, drug, & make bad decisions.

75
During previews
Unusual, Ambitious, Intense, Raunchy

See it if sexy, spirited, provocative, in-your-face characters in an unconventional plot about young women and their sexuality (all of it) entertains

Don't see it if strong language, lesbians, Brooklyn accents delivering text at a fast pace is too challenging for you,

Also Directorially, some moderation in pace and delivery style would have m... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Fluffy, Quirky, Funny

See it if you enjoy "Girls" or "Sex and the City."

Don't see it if you want a deeper look into these characters. The cast is great. The playwright shows promise, but should have taken more risks.

74
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Raunchy, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Barnes' combustible dramedy about interpersonal relationships between 3 black female BFFs Graphic language, sex & booze fuel the proceedings

Don't see it if Furiously acted & staged -Robert O'Hara - yet can't mask the wayward script All the plots start strong only to get lost in the melodramatics

74
During previews
Quirky, Great staging, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're looking for a modern, raunchy tale of relationships & friendship. You enjoy a mix of realistic drama & high camp. You like rom-coms.

Don't see it if You don't like raunchy content. You want a consistent tone: it varies from a realistic view of dating & social issues to over-the-top camp.

73
During previews
Raunchy, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Funny

See it if As is said in the play, you enjoy UPN sitcoms.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something deeper and more fulfilling than a light roommate/sex comedy.

73
During previews
Cute, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are looking for funny female-driven lighter fare. Lots of laughs and good acting.

Don't see it if you prefer more serious themes.

Also the show raises some race issues sometimes done well, sometimes just m... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Intense, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a contemporary play about three black girls living the black American life and the hilarity and insanity that come with it

Don't see it if you don't like explicit sexual content or want a play with a solid structure

Also This play is very cinematic. I kept thinking about why I am watching t... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Raunchy, Indulgent, Hilarious

See it if like in-your-face raunchy humor, good acting. Yes, they really said that, and did that, on stage!

Don't see it if don't like raunchy humor. Long 1-act no intermission play - def needs to be cut to make it sharper.

71
During previews
I cant say i enjoyed it, Some nice writing in need of editing, Well acted, Raunchy day in the life of 3 women

See it if You want to hear literate, young black women speak of sex (and its politics) in explicit terms. Who are we in our (sexual) relationships?

Don't see it if Simulated sex and explicit sexual content is offensive to you. This is a tiny theater guys, stop screaming your lines.

Also These are obviously well educated, freewheeling women in 2015. The dia... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Humorous, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if Debut as a playwright worth look. A fresh vision, but some parts (a few times with couch girl) didn't flow or add to play. Maybe by design.

Don't see it if F, N & C words abound as well as depiction and talk of oral sex in a listed 90 minutes that seemed longer. Somewhat repetitive.

70
During previews
Pansexual raunch & romance among 20-something blk grrls, First play rawness--bracing, and first play pitfalls--grating

See it if 24 hrs in the sexual, racial & gynecological escapades of a trio of young black women with attitude & wit to spare but slim self knowledge

Don't see it if you're not down for all of the above in a production that can be as strident as the self-centered urges of the 20-somethings depicted

Also Poet Barnes' first play is raunchy, vibrant and tries too hard to make... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Indulgent, Raunchy, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want a sit-com approach to the lives of 3 young women, two of whom have little direction in their lives; booze, smoke & have sex a lot

Don't see it if you dislike sex, drugs, foul language, black stereotypes, sit-com humor & sex on/off stage; slice-of-life theater is not for you.

Also This show tries to give us some insight into the lives of three young ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great staging, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if Three young women living life with sometimes crazy decision, and alot of sex discussions.

Don't see it if The F word use a lot and sex discussions with drinking and drug.

70
During previews
Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy entertaining funny shows. Reminded me of a half hour dramedy that would be on HBO. Great comedic actresses!

Don't see it if Some parts meandered a bit, but could very well be tightened throughout previews.

70
During previews
Waiting to liftoff, Intermittently funny, Overused turntable, Thin script, Brilliant cast

See it if you are interested in what emerging black voices in the theater have to say about race in America today.

Don't see it if you are expecting a play with much resonance or nuance: This is R-rated sitcom on fast forward.

Also 3 of the most exciting black women actors to have emerged in the past ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Raunchy, Funny, Absorbing, Plotless, Uneven tone

See it if you want immersion in millennial black female life. Chars are vivid, but inconsistent. Sometimes engrossing & moving or annoying & baffling.

Don't see it if you want coherence. Here, chars in search of a play. Plot:drinking, sex, broken hearts, swearing, smoking, racial tensions, jobs. Great set!

Also BLKS was hard to rate. I enjoyed being brought into a vivid, different... Read more Read less

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


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