Confederates
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Confederates
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Confederates NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

An epic, time-straddling new play that traces the stories of two Black American women. 

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270 Reviews | 63 Followers
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Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Brilliant writing

See it if You enjoy good writing, strong performances & thought provoking drama. This is a masterclass regarding race, gender, class & Amer herstory

Don't see it if You are only interested in light or playful entertainment Read more

272 Reviews | 57 Followers
96
Exceptional everything - writing, acting, staging, Must see, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You want to see theatre that engages your heat and brain presenting both historical and contemporary life, with a brilliant cast.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this.

92 Reviews | 10 Followers
95
Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to be amazed by a fantastic cast in dual roles. They completely sold it.

Don't see it if you are bothered by racism. From the past to the present, it is in your face in this show. Also if nudity offends you, it's brief. Read more

545 Reviews | 81 Followers
95
Intelligent, Profound, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if Rush to see it. Only a few days left.

Don't see it if you want fluff,do not see this incredible play.

601 Reviews | 285 Followers
94
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A mesmerizing Morisseau's play on how the Black woman is "gazed" through history, both as an enslaved person & as a current professor,*

Don't see it if Actors playing different roles & constant switching from past to present may confuse you. Read more

437 Reviews | 104 Followers
94
Edgy, Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like Dominique Morriseau's work and want to see her best and most provocative play so far. It deserves a Pulitzer. I was mesmerized.

Don't see it if you prefer a linear and more traditional story line and think it's a good idea to ban the teaching of critical race theory in colleges.

169 Reviews | 9 Followers
93
Must see, Epic, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy incredible writing, directing, acting, story, design, thought provoking stories that address race, class, gender, etc. never dull

Don't see it if you want elaborate scenic design, you don't like stories that discuss slavery or race, you want a passive mind-numbing show, you want focus

516 Reviews | 97 Followers
93
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are looking for a play that speaks to race in a way that will open you to NEVER be able to look at it the same way again, which is good

Don't see it if you are not looking to have your understanding about race in America challenged, stretched, examined, because this play will do exactly that Read more

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
March 27th, 2022

"Feels like an elegant experiment, thoughtful and put-together but not quite realizing its full potential...'Confederates' creates this tension between its two parts but doesn’t do anything with it. If Morisseau has built her stories with this inherent magic of alternating settings, allowing us to time-travel with her through a discussion of racial politics then and now, why not try to allow the worlds of the two protagonists to extend a bit more? Why not go bigger?...Morisseau is a fabulous playwright, so much so that even in her plays’ flaws her brilliance still shines through. And seeing an artist try something new in her art is exciting."
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Time Out New York
March 27th, 2022

"4/5 stars...Because Morisseau is best known as the accomplished author of straightforward social dramas like 'Pipeline' and 'Skeleton Crew,' the audacious shifts of timeframe and tone in 'Confederates' come as a bit of a surprise. She pulls it off with power and finesse...Director Stori Ayers and the very fine cast of this Signature Theatre production—led by the convincing and compelling Wilson and the rigid, purposeful Lloyd—deftly handle these back-to-back back-and-forths."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 28th, 2022

"Time bends, and we do not flinch. The play’s big-swing departures from the real, asserted so confidently, are never confusing. The little unbelievabilities, though – those do itch a little...And in a farce this serious, direction is crucial. Stori Ayers keeps her cast almost airborne — the speed is so intense that the few moments of stillness hit the audience like brick walls...Morisseau has written a comedy about Black women who are ready to burn down their institutions. She doesn’t provide any closure other than rage."
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Theatermania
March 28th, 2022

"With its dual timelines and near allegorical characters, 'Confederates' is a departure from Morisseau's straightforwardly realistic works like 'Skeleton Crew,' which recently ran on Broadway, but it does share her talent for spot-on dialogue, and for humor that pops out of nowhere...Yet the play lacks some of the human interest that we find in Morisseau's other plays. The characters in 'Confederates' sometimes seem more like ideas than people."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 28th, 2022

Sandra and Sara's situations don't match up. Sara faces torture and death if caught spying. (Her unexpected sexual assault on Missy Sue -- which, to be clear, is enthusiastically welcomed -- also comes with great peril.) By contrast, the web of suspicions, micro-aggressions, and political maneuvering that ensnares Sandra may be toxic, even degrading, but it is unlikely to kill her. Both characters' predicaments are unacceptable; still, the playwright's compare-and-contrast approach feels, in some fundamental way, out of balance.
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Talkin' Broadway
March 27th, 2022

"Because the other roles are double-cast, the different stories would seem to complement each other. But do they? To apply a criticism that Sandra lodges against Malik's paper comparing the institution of slavery to Black workers in corporate America, the play 'fails to draw an effective parallel.' I spent a good deal of intellectual energy, for example, trying to understand the connections between the plantation and the American university. The play has a great deal of humor, and, indeed, the farcical elements make the trenchant message more palatable. Regrettably, this has the collateral effect of undercutting the urgency of the drama."
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New York Stage Review
March 27th, 2022

"4/5 stars...Morisseau’s satisfyingly troubling play takes place in two sometimes overlapping periods...For the most part, the playwright forcibly goes to the heart of racism and its white supremacist roots. Occasionally, she interrupts her committed pursuits for laughs...Directing all scenes as surely as Morisseau wants them treated, Stori Ayers commands an excellent cast and thereby presents an excellent dramatic treatise on a never-ending American crisis."
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TheaterScene.net
April 12th, 2022

Dominique Morisseau’s Confederates, the second play of her Signature Theatre Residency 5, is a clever, but overly talky dissertation on race, power and family. She offers the audience parallel stories alternating between the Civil War era and modern day academia.
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