Chloë Sevigny headlines the New Group's world premiere drama which offers a snapshot of a time not so different than today, when a new social freedom ran smack into the forces of reaction. More…
On a hot late summer day in 1976, a mob of young men – all white except one – descended on Washington Square Park with pipes and bats, and attacked any people of color they could find. 'Downtown Race Riot' takes us back to this day, in the cramped Village apartment of Mary Shannon (Chloë Sevigny), a strung-out, free-wheeling single mom, as her son Pnut, and his Haitian best friend Massive wrestle with their obligation to join the riot. The boys, torn between loyalty to each other and to the neighborhood, grasp for ways to keep the violence from destroying their friendship forever.
See it if you're a fan of Chloe Sevigny & want to see her give another dead-behind-the-eyes performance.
Don't see it if a listless, meaningless, dull, cliched, uninsightful, awkwardly-staged downer of a play isn't your idea of a good way to waste 2 hours.
See it if Despite terrific production values, adaquate performances & volitile subject matter, this Riot fails to ignite Elliot's direction lethargic
Don't see it if Sevigny's low-keyed junkie mom seems to set the tone for this talk fest about ethnic cleansing circa 1976 A violent outburst comes to late
See it if ...you or a loved one has a problem with recreational drugs, or have the courage to look at a broken family unit under pressure.
Don't see it if ...you only like to see plays that tell stories that can only be told in the theater: this is gripping TV drama done live, very live!
See it if you're a Chloe Sevigny fan, want to see a good perf by a young actor, David Levi, like new plays, interested in NYC 1970's history & fights
Don't see it if you don't like lengthy periods of non-action or depictions of drug use and sex or plenty of unresolved issues,
See it if Sevigny's brand of passive aggression is on full display is this druggy '70s dysfunctional family. Elliott's direction is superb. O'Neill?
Don't see it if Rather odd set too large for space. Casual nonchalant drug addiction by Mother Chloe. Brief unrealisticlly threatening violence at the end.
See it if you have a connection to Washington Square Park in the 1970s; you usually like New Group productions; you're a fan of charicatures.
Don't see it if Could have, should have, but didn't go anywhere. Boring and trite. Accents of a couple of the characters are cartoonish and stereotyped.
See it if You like Chloe Sevigny and David Levi. Are ready to get mad about wasted lives and hopeless people. Get dizzy watching too many ideas.
Don't see it if You dislike obscene language, drug use, violence, explicit sex, abuse, no intermission for a dragged out play.
See it if you're more interested in character-driven plays than an elaborate plot. The play moved along quickly and had some great moments.
Don't see it if you're looking for a gripping story. The focus is more on the family dynamics between a junkie mother and her two kids.
See it if a play with a several story lines - a drug addicted mother, her son with a black friend & racist friends...but very little about Race Riot
Don't see it if you want an interesting historical story on Race Riot, characters that aren't cliched
See it if you like Chloe Sevigny. A chance to see her act live instead of watching her in a movie.
Don't see it if you want a plot that you can follow. This is incomprehensible. The characters are hard to hear, the layout of the theater makes it totally
See it if If there is a point or plot to this, I couldn't figure it out. Indulgent, dreary scenes of sex, drug taking & violence. Tepid acting.
Don't see it if You care about a cohesive plot. The play does nothing to illuminate the title - what race riot?
See it if you want to see a show about hoodlum kids living in 1970's Greenwich Village and the effect their actions take on their friendship & family.
Don't see it if you don't like violent plays about misguided youth and friendship trying to survive in a hostile world of the 1970's.
See it if You feel you must see Chloe S on stage in a small theatre. No other reason.
Don't see it if You want real communication and connection between and among characters. The script goes nowhere -- and sooooo slowly.
See it if you want to be immersed in a '76 NYC setting—set, costumes, staging great—minus any heart. Or to support New Group & a talented young cast.
Don't see it if expecting to connect with material or the characters. This feels authentic to time/place but at arms length, despite intimacy of space.
See it if You want to love and hate a show at the same time. It explores relevant topics, but only superficially. It aims to shock, but doesn’t.
Don't see it if You want a payoff at the end of the show. Everything felt kind of weighted down—like even the actors were kind of bored.
See it if You are a huge fan of Chloe Sevigny. She is excellent as is the cast. It's the play that misses.
Don't see it if I wanted to love this play. It highlights issues which resonate today - identity, violence, drugs, etc. but it misses and that made be sad.
See it if you're interested in 1970s NYC I guess. The set is cool, the acting is very uneven. People seem to be in different plays from each other.
Don't see it if you don't like dramas that stay unresolved. Not much actually happens in this, there's just lots of talk about what is going to happen.
See it if Fun to view the new batch of talent. Five young actors in showcase roles. Sevigny is somehow a draw, more for her name than actual talent.
Don't see it if Must be in center section. Sides are a tough view.
See it if Your a fan of Chloe Sevigny and willing to sit through a rough and tumble play. Reminded me of Eugene O'Neil in some ways.
Don't see it if A raw play with hostile characters is a turn off and a very hard sit through.
See it if you really like Chloe Sevigny and just have to see her on stage.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a family drama pretending to be a political story.
See it if you want a play based on recent [1970s] New York history. Issues relevant then are still the topics of discussion today.
Don't see it if you want a play with issues presented clearly. The characters were hard to relate to.
See it if you .ant to support a worthy but inconsistent Off-Broadway troupe, are a fan of Chloe Sevigny and the vibe of The Deuce.
Don't see it if you hope for a well-structured script with dialogue that doesn’t meander and characters that capture the heart and mind.
See it if There's RIOT going on in midtown at the Signature, but it's long slog down the sidewalk to 10th av, then a long slog till the aforesaid riot
Don't see it if If you aren't a BIG fan of Chloe Sevigny or bare-chested boys, then skip it. Seems like a Sam Shepherd wannabe wrote it, no cigar. Great set