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Blood Boundary

Members say: Thought-provoking, Confusing, Relevant, Absorbing, Slow
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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29 reviews
 

In this world premiere drama set in Oklahoma in the '20s, a young man raised in a white family must reexamine his life after learning of his Cherokee relatives.

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James faces the tough choice to leave to pursue his medical career abroad, or stand beside his family in a time of racial oppression. The final play of Vicki Lynn Mooney's 'Broken Heart Land' trilogy, 'Blood Boundary' is driven by historical events and set before the 1921 Greenwood Massacre, formerly known as the Tulsa Race Riot—the worst race riot in U.S. history.

 

Cast & Creatives (9)


Reviews (31)

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73
Avg Score

65
Theatre is Easy

"A worthwhile opportunity to see a play about Native Americans written by indigenous playwright Mooney...Mooney has created an absorbing family drama set against the backdrop of violent racial strife, but her plot is overstuffed...The performances are mixed, with certain actors coming across as less polished...Although this is an imperfect production, it’s an engrossing story...The themes of racial inequality and violence against people of color are unfortunately as timely as ever." Full Review

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Stage Buddy

“The attention to detail is excellent, from the costumes to the hand-painted sign for the hospitality house. The sound and lighting is well-done...The historical aspect is also painstaking in detail and for good reason: the Tulsa Race Riot is absent from almost all US history textbooks…This piece ensures this story will not be lost, and the characters' grief over the riot emphasizes that we ought to be similarly grieved that we are only starting to remember it.” Full Review

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62
Avg Score

71
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if you enjoy historical dramas, especially dealing with minorities and underrepresented stories.

Don't see it if you can't handle blatant racism on stage.

79
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Infomative

See it if You are interested in a play that is set in Oklahoma around the Tulsa Race Riot and how one family deals with this.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play that deals with historical events of the worst race riot in U.S history and brings it to the stage.

Also There is a lot going on in this performance and if you can't follow th... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see some great acting in a play that centers around racial tensions in Oklahoma during the 1920's.

Don't see it if You want something lighter and funny. Although there are some laughs, it's a serious piece about racial injustice and mistaken identities.

Also It is sometimes difficult to follow the familial relationships in this... Read more Read less

72
Relevant, Confusing, Uneven acting, Interesting background for a story, Overall worthwhile

See it if You are interested in the story of the massacre, which isn't well known. The show has potential, but I would've liked more focus on the riot

Don't see it if You can't handle somewhat uneven acting or a script referring to a number of extraneous characters that you never see.

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Confusing

See it if You want to see a historical racial drama with wonderful actors who gave a touching performance. Minimalistic staging that worked well.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by use of slang racial terms or not into historical dramas

49
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Excruciating, I cant say this is successful or even tolerable as theater, but it must be seen

See it if You can overlook the puerile acting. The story is fascinating and deserves to be told. The Trilogy is a vital window into race history.

Don't see it if You want to stay ignorant of this little known time/place/racial divide/laws. The Greenwood Massacre

Also This is a fascinating gateway into the life of it's playwright and her... Read more Read less

40
Banal, Cliched, Not ready for prime time

See it if Its heart is right on racial issues, but that's just not enough to overcome the awkward writing, directing and acting by the young leads.

Don't see it if you're looking for an intense, insightful or uplifting theatrical experience.

50
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you can follow the confusing relationships (even with the family tree enclosed in the program) there is just too much going on.

Don't see it if you want a more polished production with more consistently good actors.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Riveting, Great writing

See it if I went in not knowing what to expect and was blown away by the caliber of the writing and acting in this show. Highly recommend

Don't see it if You don't like shows that deal with intense historical subject material

67
Ambitious, Relevant, Confusing, Slow, Stiff-acted

See it if you want to understand the complex relationships among and tensions between Cherokee, blacks & whites leading to Greenville Massacre in OK.

Don't see it if inter-racial/gender violence, politically incorrect language, interracial sexual relatons, stiff/awkward acting, 2 hr plus interval disturb

Also Tony White's performance was authentic and excellent.

60
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow

See it if an ok portrayal of a certain point in history and relations between cultures

Don't see it if you want to see something more polished

49
Banal, Confusing

See it if You are happy watching an amateur production.

Don't see it if You expect a professional work.

70
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Important historical message

See it if Important historical race relations crises capture your interest. The staging/costuming limits surpassed by talented acting/writing

Don't see it if Fully developed theatrical production is a must for you and our sad history of race relations isn't of interest yo you

73
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like plays based on true events and enjoy thorough exploration of the tension among different people in the 20's that has meaning today.

Don't see it if you are bothered by some uneven acting and or tons of dialogue. There are a lot of scene changes in a show that could use some editing.

70
Absorbing, Intense, Resonant, Confusing, Slow

See it if You can overlook an interesting moment in history that needs editing

Don't see it if You're looking for a fully realized production

45
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Drama's about important events captivate you and your willing to overlook so so performances

Don't see it if You are looking for big staging or strong acting to support the strong topic.

25
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are fascinating by racial issues.

Don't see it if You are easily bored or confused.

20
Excruciating

See it if you care for amateurish production in an uncomfortable black box venue

Don't see it if No ifs or buts.Don't!!!

81
Absorbing, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if performance captures a horrific time in American history. Brilliant acting by Neil Brown as the racist antagonist. Hats off to playwright.

Don't see it if A quick study of the incident (timing) is advised otherwise may confuse. Simple staging and average acting with a couple of exemptions.

65
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in exposure to race relations in the US - interesting story - fell short otherwise

Don't see it if Story details were somewhat complicated to follow relations of characters, acting and staging weak

69
Relevant, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You are interested in the history of racism in the U.S., plots about family secrets, and Black and Cherokee communities.

Don't see it if You are not interested in exploring ideas about racism and white supremacy at the beginning of the 20th century.

50
Ambitious, Relevant, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You're interested in relevant historical events that need to be brought to light and you've got a little more than two hours to kill.

Don't see it if Given our current political climate, you're expecting a relevant, well paced, clearly written piece that will pull you in.

Also Perhaps I needed to see the other parts of the trilogy but Blood Bound... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like dramas that review what racially motivated actions renders. See it if you like characters that change & learn needed lessons.

Don't see it if You aren’t sensitive to what minorities face because of bigotry or simply don’t care.

30
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Amateurish

See it if you have friends in the cast.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained and involved.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if history, family and truth matters.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason why you shouldn't.