In The New Group and Vineyard Theatre's new drama, Franklin, a young black artist, meets Andre (Alan Cumming), an older white art collector, and before long their feverish link deepens into an irresistible bond. More…
But when Franklin’s Christian mother decides that her son is in peril, she enters into a battle of wills with Andre over the soul of the man they both call baby. Basquiats and Birkins, gospel and pop, and fantasy and reality collide around a Bel Air swimming pool in this deeply surreal exploration of intimacy and identity.
See it if u want to see naked Alan Cumming spank naked Ronald Peet as u fantasize about punishing playwright Jeremy Harris for this woeful "melodrama"
Don't see it if u expect to be educated/moved by the myriad issues (race, age, art & commerce, ambition, etc.) in this overstuffed, overlong, hollow mess.
See it if High melodramatics engulf wildly ambitious & highly sexualized tale of 'artist' & 'mentor' Cumming & Woodard anchor its operatic tendencies
Don't see it if Despite overwrought themes & Taymor's slick presentation, a major talent on display Third act derails exhausting piece w/ Peet too neurotic
See it if super ambitious; sizzlingly sexy 1st Act; inventive direction by D. Taymor; striking stagecraft; hilarious send up of contemporary art scene
Don't see it if 30 mins too long; irrelevant characters; the play spins completely out of control by 3rd act
See it if Despite differences, young black artist & mature white collector have more than art on their minds.Mother chides son thecost of exploitation
Don't see it if The striking set and tank camouflage a simple melodrama of doomed opposites. Casual nudity. Ideas tossed about. Odd chorus. Pool splooshing.
Also Cumming and Mother Zora are terrific.
See it if You are a major fan of Alan Cummings. You would enjoy seeing a real swimming pool as part of a set that is actually used for swimming !
Don't see it if You don’t like gay themed shows and or those with male nudity. You prefer plays you see to have something interesting and or novel to say.
See it if You want to see Alan Cumming and Charlayne Woodard at the top of their game. Interesting premise, phenomenal staging.
Don't see it if You don't want a long play with two intermissions. You need everything to make sense or a story that is rooted firmly in reality.
See it if Rich white collector becomes Daddy to young black artist. Much discussion of race and art beside "baptismal" pool onstage. Mother upends it
Don't see it if Harris's Slave Play was more incisive. Daddy treats too many issues. Simulated gay sex and some nudity. Peet, Cumming & Woodard are terrific
See it if the theme of toxic, abusive relationships interests you even when the characters are unsympathetic, unevenly drawn and way too chatty.
Don't see it if you have no patience for shows with way too many ideas so none of the characters or themes come into focus.
See it if Semi fantastical gay black male processing his daddy issues with an older rich white man. Christian, Black background vs shallow glittery LA
Don't see it if N-word is triggering. Full frontals or gay/sex offend you. Alan Cumming's character is pretty flat, so he doesn't do that much.
Also Ticket from box office for $42.
See it if Struggle for the soul of a young black artist between his religious mother and his older art collector lover.Great set design , with ultra
Don't see it if You are expecting a musical comedy. This is a serious work, with prominent psychological overtones.
See it if you are a fan of Alan Cumming.
Don't see it if seeing a racial charged, gay fueled, social commentary of sexuality, racism, age, and class don't normally bring you to the theater.
See it if Art needs to be seen (scene) from many angles. Alan Cumming (singing “Father Figure” from an on-stage pool, naked). Brave young artists.
Don't see it if Offended by nudity, sexuality, Blackness, and complicated art.
See it if to see Alan Cumming or Charlayne Woodard—both are compelling. You like intriguing set & sound designs; ok w/ nudity & muddled characters.
Don't see it if you need cohesive story—there is so much going on; need likeable or relatable characters; averse to 3-hour plays or outsized melodrama.
See it if You want to walk out thinking you took acid, want to be very disturbed (in a good way), and not be entirely sure what you just saw. Great!
Don't see it if You don’t like gratuitous nudity, need a clear-cut story, are disturbed by family dramas, don’t like gay themes, or creep out easily.
See it if you are such a fan of Alan Cummings that you will tolerate anything he does even if it is superficial, tedious and vulgar unnecessarily
Don't see it if gratuitous nudity, disjointed story lines, repetitive staging with a lot of schtick will make you crazy.
See it if Wow, talk about "daddy issues"! First off, incredible staging. The scenery was GORGE! Be mindful, if you sit in the first row, you may get
Don't see it if Wet and the balcony seats are REALLY "partial view"! Ugh! Anyway, I can't say enough about the set. The acting, especially the mother "Nora"
See it if You like plays with actors that can really chew through a scene This is written by a playwright that will only get better
Don't see it if Male nudity bothers you
See it if you like a very intense play with VERY sexual overtones, and heavy commentary on race, homosexuality and age.
Don't see it if you dislike lingering male nudity, and in-your-face sexual content.