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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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