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Chokehold

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

About the show

Core Creative Productions presents a play that examines the consequences of five African Americans taking a stand against police brutality. More…

Ferguson. Staten Island. Cleveland. North Charleston. Baltimore. Baton Rouge. St. Anthony. The list goes on and on. Five black friends launch a desperate gamble to end police violence, but the road to achieving justice is more elusive than they think.


Member Reviews (14)

MEMBERS SAY:

Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious
72
Avg Score

76
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an interesting take on race and a radical stand on Black Lives Matter

Don't see it if you are bothered by inconsistent writing and acting.

85
Original, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You're not racist/conservative and understand the struggles with police brutality that many face

Don't see it if You're not interested in political theater, don't like the Black Lives Matter movement

83
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you are looking for a radical take on the #BlackLivesMatter movement that is intense but darkly funny.

Don't see it if you are upset by violence or not politically minded.

Also A fascinating, challenging play that will certainly stir up some heate... Read more Read less

46
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want to support great young actors of color.

Don't see it if You have an understanding of drama and race relations past what you've read on Wikipedia.

Also Characters were flat and revealed themselves in clunky monologues. The... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an incredibly timely issue (race relations in the USA) explored through theatre, or if you want to see a young, fresh cast

Don't see it if you don't want to witness occasionally violent, vigilante mentalities through the characters or dialogue that doesn't always seem believable

49
Indulgent, Ambitious, Cliched, Excruciating

See it if You're into up to the minute politics.

Don't see it if you don't want to be stuck with the same thing for over an hour.

45
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to see some incredibly skillful actors who shine despite the text they are working with.

Don't see it if You are interested in a play that actually adds something to the conversation surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.

Also The characters in Chokehold seemed to be strictly regurgitating inform... Read more Read less

51
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Excruciating, Thought-provoking

See it if Ur into stereotypes.

Don't see it if Violence scares u.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You enjoy contemporary pieces about modern societal topics such as racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, and police brutality.

Don't see it if You're sensitive to issues of race or mentions of current political affairs, or are interested in a fun, lighthearted piece.

Also This show is a staggeringly relevant work that I feel is important for... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You believe in everyone being treated fairly and equally. Don't agree that we live in a post-racial America.You're aware of police brutality

Don't see it if You hate small productions/minimal staging; youth; activists; those who are anti-police, racial issues. Saw this @ "Planet Connections" fest

During previews
97
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Raunchy, Riveting

See it if You like intense drama. It could have been set in todays world. I was totally absorbed.

Don't see it if If you like light theater. If you like things to be wrapped up nicely.

During previews
91
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Intense

See it if You want to see a drama that examines a current issue -- police killings of POC -- in an out-of-box way. Challenges the audience to act.

Don't see it if Are looking for a light romantic comedy.

During previews
49
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you're familiar with people like Nat Turner, and his rebellion, or if you're aware of the current plight of African-Americans in America.

Don't see it if Seeing violence is a deterrent; or if you're a person who has tunnel-vision & is uninterested in seeing the whole picture of Black struggle.

During previews
71
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Edgy

See it if You like delving into current issues and exploring root causes. A passionate plea to explain some of the reactions to police brutality.

Don't see it if You avoid avant-garde plays with distressing themes and difficult dialogues.


September 22nd, 2016
"While 'Chokehold' most decidedly delivers a powerful message about racism in America, it equally focuses on issues of ethics, morality, and the nature of cold-blooded vengeance...This taut, 70-minute drama, so well acted under Tim Cusack's fine-tuned direction, eloquently captures the sense of u...
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September 22nd, 2016
"This ensemble of six incredibly talented actors immediately creates a world of high-stakes tension...'Chokehold' is packed with twists and breathtaking moments, but overall provides a refreshing, honest look at a conversation ongoing since the summer of 2014...'Chokehold' packs just enough of th...
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September 25th, 2016
"Playwright Pennino’s characters are anything but one-sided in this issue. Delivered through a wise series of dialogue and back-to-back monologues, the affirmations and self-doubts swirl around the stage in an all-too-human fashion...Given the controversy of the topic, 'Chokehold' takes a multifa...
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September 26th, 2016
"Its reliance on outdated stock character and its lack of authenticity end up hurting a powerful concept...What we end up getting is a play trying too hard to be important, but not giving us any reason for it to be...The power of the plot is sucked away by a string of half-done moments...I felt d...
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