Partial Comfort presents the New York premiere of Greg Keller's comic drama exploring issues of race and economic disparity in America. Directed by Andre Holland ('Moonlight'). More…
It's summertime in New York City, 1992. In NYC's hazy pre-Giuliani, pre-cellphone, pre-Metrocard days, a black kid and a white kid meet in a chance encounter on an uptown D train, chatting hoops, hip hop, and history. Over the course of one afternoon, fear, guilt, longing and a cigar filled with weed allow one kid to take the other to a place neither ever imagined possible.
See it if This was a fantastic show! I totally recommend it to anyone. So impressed by the acting and the story and the staging.
Don't see it if would recommend this show to anyone interested in entertaining theater that makes you think.
See it if you enjoy plays that offer needed social commentary while also entertaining. The performances are strong and affecting.
Don't see it if you aren’t open to facing uncomfortable truths.
See it if you are interested in realistically drawn characters, insights into class conflict, income inequality, race relations and remarkable acting.
Don't see it if you like lightweight plays, entertainment without "messages," and believe that income inequality and race conflict are "overblown."
See it if you love theatre exploring dissonant perspectives of young adults with common experiences but different race, education, and economic class
Don't see it if you prefer light themes, comedy, or musicals, avoid violence, conflict, guilt, or cannot sit 70 min without interval orvtravel to the LES
See it if You appreciate strong acting about race, class, and complicated relationships in an intimate stage setting
Don't see it if You want a big production musical
See it if if you enjoy exciting new productions that are frightening, funny, profound, & ultimately deadly serious acted by two incredibly gifted men
Don't see it if Contemporary plays dealing with race aren't your thing.
See it if you can overlook a contrived set of circumstances to focus on real issues of racial and socioeconomic prejudices. Well acted even if obvious
Don't see it if you are put off by plot detours and surprises that seem artificial. or if you are uncomfortable with racial and social tension
See it if you want to see a play that is a relevant, thoughtful examination of race and class in America. In 1992. Not sure why its not present-day.
Don't see it if you are easily flustered by heated discussions around race and entitlement, as well as economic disparity. This would push your buttons.
See it if You are interested in the small and personal collisions of race in America, like intimate 2 person dramas.
Don't see it if Like Zoo Story, this requires the audience to look past the mechanics of how these 2 start to connect. If you can do that, you’re fine.
See it if You want excellent acting, twisting plot, humor and pathos in discussion of impact of race on relationships and society
Don't see it if You want elaborate production and are uncomfortable with frank discussion of race
See it if you want two young up and coming actors tackle a great script dealing with race and class, great directing too from actor Andre Holland
Don't see it if you want a light and fluffy night at the theatre, or something that wont challenge your views on race in usa
See it if You like small off broadway shows with fabulous acting and writing
Don't see it if You are looking for something light and fluffy
See it if you like seeing great young actors with amazing synergy. If you prefer relevant themes of race and economics
Don't see it if you are not into intimate works and prefer more glitz. This one is quiet and a bit unsettling.
See it if Great acting, writing. Hope this show will live on with future iterations.
Don't see it if you hate small stages? (Unless a show is terrible, I can never think of something to say under this category).
See it if you're interested in a quintessential nyc story about white supremacy.
Don't see it if you don't want to see something serious.
See it if Smart staging, great actors, totally well-made play and production.
Don't see it if The design leaves something to be desired, and the final moment falls flat.
See it if You enjoy shows that presents a cultural divide that becomes faded through sheer will.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy shows about race, or if you don’t like being anxious during a performance.
See it if you want to see an uncomfortable interaction with lots of tension yet humor mixed in throughout.
Don't see it if you want to be able understand the whole scenario and the purpose of the interaction.
See it if You're up for seeing contemporary racial tensions (circa 1992) distilled into a well-written and extremely well-acted two-hander.
Don't see it if You don't like small shows (in terms of the size of the cast, the lack of famous actors, and the length of the play) handling big themes.