Chokehold
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Chokehold NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(14 Reviews)
Positive
64%
Mixed
7%
Negative
29%
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.

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Member Reviews (14)

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159 Reviews | 30 Followers
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.

JR
127 Reviews | 22 Followers
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. Read more

123 Reviews | 53 Followers
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

104 Reviews | 15 Followers
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. Read more

53 Reviews | 15 Followers
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

31 Reviews | 7 Followers
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. Read more

29 Reviews | 15 Followers
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.

28 Reviews | 5 Followers
51
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Excruciating, Thought-provoking

See it if Ur into stereotypes.

Don't see it if Violence scares u.

Critic Reviews (6)

Talkin' Broadway
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 unmitigated sorrow and helplessness that has gripped so many in this country, as day after day we witness the continuing racial strife and unfulfilled promises that haunt our history as a nation."
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Theatre is Easy
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 this topical punch with nuanced character backstories and delicious moments of comedy to leave the audience feeling not overwhelmed, but determined to get down to business."
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Theater Pizzazz
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 multifaceted issue and puts it on display with as much fairness as is allowable at this point. Respectful, cool, and riveting, it provides the bipartisan discussion we so sorely need."
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M
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 drained and disappointed because this could have been a very important play, but it wasn’t...While there are good performances in the show, there’s not much I can recommend."
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Theater In The Now
September 25th, 2016

"No matter your beliefs, 'Chokehold' is a remarkable view inside the lives of people readily affected by this painstaking issue who are out to make a difference...The director, Tim Cusack, should be commended for taking such a huge issue in our country and still finding the humor in the text, in the actors and the beauty in each character's story...Overall, 'Chokehold' had everyone on the edge of their seats. This show is funny, provocative, honest and gut-wrenching all in one."
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Theater In The Now
July 7th, 2015
For a previous production

"'Chokehold' is a provocative topical piece about racial injustice and the reactionary frame of mind...Pennino’s script is unafraid of causing a reaction and getting the audience to emote...The characters had depth and stories that were genuine and honest. Pennino allows right and wrong to play out in a fantastically dramatic fashion...The material is heavy...And the ensemble did an astounding job bringing truth to the stage...It’s a must-see."
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