Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s fast-paced, sly satire takes you on a seventy-year journey through black actress Vera Stark’s life and the cultural climate that originally shaped her and continues today. More…
It’s the Golden Age of Hollywood, and aspiring starlet Vera Stark works as a maid to Gloria Mitchell, an aging star grasping at her fading career. Worlds collide when Vera lands a trailblazing role in an antebellum epic starring…her boss. While Vera’s portrayal of a slave turns out to be groundbreaking, decades later scholars and film buffs still grapple with the actress’ legacy in Hollywood and the impact that race had on her controversial career.
See it if Biting satire of slippery identities in 1930's black Hollywood. Hilarious, surprising act 1. Brilliant start of act 2. Layers of meaning.
Don't see it if 2 1/2 hours. Angry, rambling & often annoying act 2. Vera's life & work is interpreted through the self-interest of others.
See it if u want to see Signature's take on another early Nottage play & to see glimpses of the stirring playwright she has since become.
Don't see it if u expect the bite and heft of Nottage's most successful plays; u don't want to bounce around from style-to-style, tone-to-tone for 2 1/2 hrs
See it if You enjoy clever playwrighting, genuine laughter and believable characters with a undercurrent of social justice issues
Don't see it if you don't like to think and listen to what playwrights have to say, don't like comedies with a message
See it if Act 1 hilarious 1933 screwball comedy, drives home pt that Hollywood is land of posers including those passing white; strong cast
Don't see it if Act 2 set in 2003 is a let down: blunt satire of new class of academics bloviating on role of black actors in Hollywood
See it if Very well done, unique and surprising play. Lots to think about. Fantastic acting, I was impressed.
Don't see it if you want something short. You definitely need to stay for both acts and it is fairly long.
See it if you enjoy satiric comedy played to the hilt by good actors who play dated, stereotyped roles, with quite a lot of relish.
Don't see it if Interesting but slow, needs 1/2 hour cut - 2nd act becomes tiresome. The"panel" sharing their views of Vera are one dimensional at best.
See it if you want to see another scene-stealing performance by Heather Alicia Simms. She is proving to be indispensable in a variety of plays.
Don't see it if you want to see two enitirely different plays masquerading as one. The second act is way too long, and is in need of cutting.
See it if A good story about a black actress who became famous playing maids on old-time Hollywood. Pleasant diversion. Funny.
Don't see it if If you’re expecting something more serious from Ms. Nottage, you might be disappointed.
See it if look at racial stereotypes & limited early acting roles of black women thru a satire of 1930s Hollywood; 1st act a screwball comedy*
Don't see it if don't want laughter with a serious subject; don't want a play that covers 70 years or a play that has multiple genres within it*
See it if you want to see a clever play (or two plays) with some great performances and much humor. There is an underlying poignancy to the piece.
Don't see it if you have no interest in the role of the black woman in film.
See it if well-acted revival. a slice of americana that is not often told.
Don't see it if seemed a bit long (act two) and stereotypes of academics. could be trimmed a bit.
See it if You are white and unaware of overt and covert discrimination. You are a person of color, aware of these things or unable to put into words.
Don't see it if You do not like to see our society called out for bigotry and abuse, you do not want to learn to see our movies, etc through new eyes.
See it if You want to see a well written, funny play that tackles significant social issues, delivered by a great cast.
Don't see it if You don’t like comedies that make you think.
See it if you love Lynn Nottage's work; it's okay with you if a very funny play turns serious
Don't see it if a 2 hour 25 minute non-musical is too long for you; you don't want to see a play involving the struggles of black women in theater
See it if you enjoy acting and staging with a serious understory.The issue of being straight-jacketed by race/gender is still relevant and important
Don't see it if you want action and "entertainment" to carry the story. This is about the words and the relationships even though the staging is well done
See it if you like plays that deal with attitudes toward race throughout the years.
Don't see it if you prefer your shows a little more nuanced. The humor in this is played very broadly.
See it if You want to see a great production of one of Nottage's earlier works - with great acting and a great set.
Don't see it if You're not willing to pay attention! While the first act seems light and fluffy, the dialogue holds some key facts you can't miss!!!
See it if you like Lynn Nottage, if you're interested in American black pop culture, if you like great acting
Don't see it if you don't like satire
See it if you care about the corruptions bred by American race politics in the entertainment industry,
Don't see it if you will be bothered by some gimmicky satire of academia that is unnecessary
See it if you like plays that look at things from a different perspective and allow you to form your own opinion.
Don't see it if you only want a rose colored world.
See it if An entertaining look at Hollywood history and its treatment of Black women along with a pointed look at those who try and explain it.
Don't see it if A look back doesn't interest you. A slower second act is not a plus.
See it if Biting screwball satire on black representation in cinema (& the arts more generally) with quite some kick.
Don't see it if The 2nd half, taking some real risks, sometimes falls flat in its sudden shifts. These are compounded by (directorial) problems in pacing.