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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking
88
Avg Score

During previews
89
Strong performances & direction, Challenging racial stereotypes on multiple levels, New york centric

See it if You enjoy exploring racial politics - you want to see some really strong acting in a small venue

Don't see it if You can't handle testing your self around race & what is really happening & what is perceived & the truth in between.

Also This play challenges stereotypes - but not in the way you would expect... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are willing to examine your attitudes toward racial issues, you like two-handers, you enjoy plot twists.

Don't see it if you want a lot of action, you want music, you are close-minded about race

During previews
79
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Disappointing climax

See it if Overall a pretty good play worth seeing very good acting throughout the entire performance however I was disappointed in the ending

Don't see it if You’re not interested in black white relations

During previews
88
Great acting, Suspenseful, Surprising, Urban sam shepard

See it if Excellent 2-hander. Two young men meet on an uptown train. Terse urban prose. Doesn't go where you expect. Very well-acted.

Don't see it if Do see it. Suspenseful but a little slow for the first 30 mins. Then the surprise, and the tension mounts.

During previews
82
Absorbing, Resonant, Promising, A dutch treat!

See it if Amiri Baraka's DUTCHMAN thru a Kenneth Lonergan filter is 4 you. 70 minutes of well-observed humor, tension, & racial concerns, done well.

Don't see it if you want a large canvas, teeming with lots of actors & design elements. This is more a promising play than a masterfully accomplished vision

During previews
99
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy new work that is socially relevant, absolutely riveting, & highly entertaining.

Don't see it if are you in need of escapist theatre or light hearted fare.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if You want to see some great acting by two talented young men dealing with racist attitudes, directing by the very talented Andre Holland.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it! A very important piece of drama, especially timely, despite taking place in the 80's.

Also Great theater, with some twists. Leaves you pondering your own attitud... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Short (in a good way), Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well-written two-hander that's well acted; if you care about social/race issues told in a refreshing way

Don't see it if you prefer a big cast and lush staging; if you are bothered by loud shouting in a small theater.

During previews
97
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like an intimate theatrical experience. This is a small, simple play that touches on a lot of big issues. Simply wonderful.

Don't see it if you like big, splashy shows or need lots of emotional fireworks and scenery chewing.

Also One of my favorite shows this season. I feel like I have discovered a ... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Must see, Great writing, Well acted, Thought-provoking & touching, Relevant & surprising

See it if you crave an intelligent, well-written/directed/acted show on class, privilege, & race that's not predictable, but wholly recognizable

Don't see it if shows that touch on class, privilege, & race annoy you, tho this is an astute & believable take on all these *without* any preaching.

Also Finally, a play on social issues w NO monologues or finger pointing, t... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a white person raised by a black woman, you are interested in racial dynamics, you are a white person who loves black culture.

Don't see it if I think everyone should see this. But if you're a racist of any color, skip it.

Also Really outstanding performances. Eat at Gnoccheria around the corner p... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Great acting, Relevant, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you want to see a play about race relations with good acting.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about race relations.

Also Without spoiling what happens, this play is very difficult to critique... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Absorbing, Thrilling, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Must see. Short & sweet. Flies by in the best way. See it if you like dynamic plays about very important race topics. Great production.

Don't see it if You're looking for something more fully fleshed out, it's only 80 minutes, but you won't be disappointed! Don't care about race relations.

During previews
84
Innovative, entertaining, unique, ambitious

See it if You enjoy a good story about personal race relations and are prepared to think.

Don't see it if You like neatly tied up loose ends and object to profanity.

During previews
95
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if examinations of racial politics through compelling personal drama is a +. Thrilling story that keeps you guessing, powerful moral message.

Don't see it if Don't like discussing racial difference or racial oppression. Don't want to think about your own privilege.

During previews
86
Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to watch an intriguing mystery unfold

Don't see it if you don’t want to deal with race relations

During previews
75
Great acting, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you like contemporary situational drama involving young adults in the middle of conflict. 80 minutes long!

Don't see it if you are seeking a well developed plot with a knee slapper ending.

Also Thought the climatic scene was very anti-climatic. Play was advertised... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to be absorbed in a well acted intimate production handling race and class issues.

Don't see it if You do not want to see an intelligently written and wonderfully acted play discussing racial tension and economic inequality.

During previews
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Resonant

See it if A two hander with guys with talent oozing out of their pores appeals to you, great direction and surprising plot turns appeals to you.

Don't see it if It might seem slow to get into for some, but worth the wait - may create a lot of tension in some that is uncomfortable

Also This had me on the edge of my seat - and just when I was wondering whe... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want a refreshing take on race and class from a different perspective. There are unexpected twists and surprises. Engaging.

Don't see it if you don't want to go to the east village and don't like to be challenged with difficult subject matter.

During previews
95
Absorbing, Resonant, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a challenging show about race relations

Don't see it if you are looking for light-hearted entertainment

During previews
89
Absorbing, Clever, Profound

See it if So many interesting layers to this story. Like peeling an onion with each twist and revelation. Excellent acting and truth of a life story

Don't see it if If you don't want to confront race relations in depth.

During previews
92
Absorbing, Unpredictable, Edge of seat

See it if You enjoy unexpected thrills and two person plays.

Don't see it if You want a light night at the theater or musical

During previews
83
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want an exploration of two characters who know nothing and everything about each other. The writing feels a lot like Anne Baker.

Don't see it if You want something groundbreaking or heavy in spectacle.

During previews
89
Fresh in a 1980s kind of way, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in racial tension & questions of how race defines relationships / if you enjoy a good plot twist

Don't see it if If you want something light - this is a very witty & funny play but it is also sad & full of tension

Also Strong reflection on NYC in the '80s - refers to some of those most tr... Read more Read less


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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