Already closed | 1h 5m | East Village

Dutch Masters

From 82 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the show

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.

1h 5m | Already closed | The Wild Project (East Village)

Member Reviews (82)


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

Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want something to think about

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy

Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Great acting. A must see!

Don't see it if You don't like good theatre

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a really great play and really great writing

Don't see it if There is some kind of natural disaster but otherwise SEE IT!

Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if Those interested in compassion and empathy for others

Don't see it if If you are biased and not open minded

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You want to see a play that keeps you on the edge of your seat while breaking your heart, cracking you up, and making you check your bias.

Don't see it if I mean, just see it.

Profound, Great writing, Must see, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you like taut, engrossing dramas that ask penetrating questions of its characters and audience

Don't see it if you’re not ready to challenge your assumptions about class, race, and representation

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

See it if You want to be moved, to laugh, to cry, to think. If you grew up in New York. If you are a human being.

Don't see it if There’s no reason not to see it.

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if This play is amazing! Ian Duff is amazing! Next star!

Don't see it if You have to see it!

Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if You enjoy great acting with deeper underlying messages

Don't see it if Racial and social truths make you uncomfortable

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like a show that goes from good natured humor to edge of your seat, tense psycho-social drama and back again all within 70 minutes.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something light and fluffy. This EXCELLENT show will make you squirm as you see yourself in ways not always pleasant.

During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Despite early 90's setting, a timeless, topical piece of 'urban theatre' Testosterone-fueled & moving like a frieght train it packs a punch

Don't see it if Horowitz's Steve a little too 'clueless' (even one so entitled) thus tipping balance (& interest) towards Duff's Eric Still a taut script

During previews
Taut, Suspenseful, Heartbreaking, Meticulously written, Great acting

See it if you'd like to see a gripping, psychologically astute portrayal of the interaction between 2 young male New Yorkers, 1 black, 1 white.

Don't see it if a close look at America's enduring racial wound might make you queasy.

Also Playwright Greg Keller has an acute ear & a real flare for capturing s... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if great writing, beautiful acting, intimate theater, nice set, great topic the N.Y. subway system as well partners 95 % and my 85%.

Don't see it if length of play perfect for today's audience but I prefer a longer production.

During previews
Ambitious, Solid acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy plays about big ideas. You like intense plays with a small cast.

Don't see it if You want a well-paced show. I found it both too long & too short. There's an extended intro to the main conflict, which ends shortly after.

Also There are 2 halves to the show. I preferred the 2nd part to the 1st, h... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny/sad

See it if Great acting and story. Let you hang in your seat, for you never know what are going to happen.

Don't see it if Not a long show but a powerful show.

During previews
Excellent throughout, Relevant, Incisive, Edgy, Suspenseful

See it if Want 2 see well-drawn characters in a perfectly realized, taut script w crisp direction. Both actors are terrific. Surprising twists.

Don't see it if Don't want suspenseful scenario re urban race relations, white privilege, inequality, innate bias. 70 mins of absorbing drama here. Worthy

Also Saw this early April 2018 near the end of its run at the Wild Project.

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You like short plays that explore big ideas with a small cast in an intimate setting. Beautiful and heartbreaking, funny and smart.

Don't see it if You don't like two person shows where you emotionally roller-coaster and the tension never lets up. Occasionally uneven, but not often.

During previews
Echoes of dutchman & zoo story, Great acting, direction, script & production, Timely, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if 2 hander touching on race relations, 1992 NYC, guns, white privilege, commonalities, tension, plot twists, MTA as meeting place interest you

Don't see it if 2 hander touching on race relations, 1992 NYC, guns, white privilege, commonalities, tension, have no place in your universe, OOB is 2 far

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Impactful, Thought-provoking

See it if A chance encounter leads to discovery of unexpected commonalities, unknown connections, positive and negative emotions.

Don't see it if You don’t want to explore a different perspective on race and class privilege or go to a small venue off the beaten path.

During previews
Confrontational, Riveting, Great acting, Funny, Masterful

See it if you like feeling what the characters feel, won't get really defensive, don’t think we’d be best served by a rosier picture on race relations

Don't see it if you have the luxury of not needing to think about race when you don’t want to; you don’t want to feel confronted

Also I’ll admit this made me squirm, but it’s worthwhile. Saw DM in its fir... Read more Read less

During previews
Nyc urban thriller with edge-of-seat unexpected twists

See it if smokin' race tension thriller written by a great white actor, directed by a great black actor. Performers are devastating, as is the dialog

Don't see it if gripping, but could be uncomfortable to some. Takes place in 1992 but couldn't be more contemporary. Plot twists are totally unexpected

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Funny

See it if You want to see a performance that is intense, edgy, well written and performed. You want to laugh and think.

Don't see it if You are not comfortable seeing a play that touches on race and differences. You don't want to see two performers give a great performance.

Also The staging started off simple and creative and it only got better and... Read more Read less

During previews
Powerful, Great acting

See it if Smart, tense drama well acted. Intimate space suits this play well.

Don't see it if You are likely to feel guilty about your own preconceptions.

During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you're looking for a powerful piece about what it's like to grow up on either "side of the tracks

Don't see it if you prefer a large cast and/or spectacle

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Must see, This two hander (one black one white) is so timely, riviting and entertaining it deserves a bigger theater and a long run. don't miss it.

See it if You like being kept on the edge of your seat as two fascinating characters clash and unravel a mystery about themselves.

Don't see it if You're scared away by timely subject matter touching on black rage and white privilege--even though it's NOT about being politically correct

April 10th, 2018
"A good, tidy play, in its structure and even in its metaphors...The script asks provocative questions about appropriation and responsibility, but mostly it titrates its information in a slow, suspenseful drip, gradually revealing more and more about the circumstances that have drawn these two yo...
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April 10th, 2018
"Holland crafts powerful stage portraits that play on Duff's swaggering buff blackness and Horowitz's timid, well-meaning whiteness; their physical interaction suggests a tense game of chess that keeps threatening to spill over into violence or sex...Although their star turns yield moments of hea...
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April 10th, 2018
"A concise yet impactful work that manages to pack in a lot about troubled race relations in the US...Duff and Jake Horowitz's performances are especially vivid in highlighting the contrasts between the two characters, with Duff's alternately charismatic and terrifying extroversion bouncing off H...
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April 11th, 2018
"Engrossing and racially charged two-character drama...with its shattering plot twist...In 70 gripping minutes, Keller takes this familiar premise in a compelling direction. His biting dialogue reflects the divisive era...Holland's kinetic staging mines all the tension possible with his varied pa...
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