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Day of Absence
East Village

Day of Absence NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing

About the Show

Negro Ensemble Company opens its 50th season with a revival of its very first production, Douglas Turner Ward's 1966 satire set in a Southern town on a day when all its black residents mysteriously vanish.

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Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a play originally done in the 1960's that talks about the issue of race from a different slant.

Don't see it if You are looking for fancy production values.

Critic Reviews (3)

December 8th, 2016

"A feisty, slapdash production...Mr. Ward’s wit is scathing, if not exactly nuanced. There’s cruel humor in a white cop who goes crazy when he has no black men to assault and a Klan member upset that he wasn’t the one to drive the African-Americans out of town. Under Arthur French’s direction, not a lot of thought has been given to pacing or staging. Charles Weldon, the company’s artistic director, who stars as the mayor, hadn’t yet fully learned his lines, though no one much minded."
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December 9th, 2016

"A day of reckoning, told with humor and cutting wit...Though full of interesting facets based on the central idea of white people mourning the loss of their black servants, the revival's staging struggles to honor the intelligence of the script. Erratic pacing of the series of vignettes works to heighten the feeling of chaos, but unfortunately seems to be more a result of the cast’s somewhat uneven performances than a directorial choice."
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December 14th, 2016

"Just as an exercise, replace the word nigra/negro/black with the word immigrant or Jew or gay...This, alas, is what keeps 'The Day of Absence' topical and important. The production itself was a mixed bag of those who didn’t take it seriously or didn’t know their lines (at the last performance?!) and actors who understood its worth."
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